Google wants to make sure your passwords never get hacked

Google is looking to protect users of its Chrome browser with a new security tool that monitors whether passwords have been compromised.

The company's password verification feature can verify the passwords that a user has saved against any account affected by large-scale or data breaches, and signals any potential problems.

The tool was first launched earlier this year, and currently works on the Google web panel and Android devices, but will also be added to the Chrome browser later this year.

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The service will be available through a separate website, passwords.google.com, where details will be synchronized when a user links their Google account on Chrome.

Users will be able to see a list of all passwords that have been used and saved in Chrome. These will be verified against Google's internal database of about four billion details that it has identified as being affected by previous attacks and violations.

Google will then warn users if their details are included in the database, and will urge them to change passwords as soon as possible.

Password verification will also be available for mobile users through the official Google app for Android, and is now open for download on Chrome Canary, with a large-scale release coming soon.

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