We all know remembering passwords is a hassle, few of us rely on saving passwords in the cloud or mobile apps or maybe making an offline copy of them. No matter where you save your password, there is always a chance of getting your passwords stolen. Few of the privacy concerned people just try to memorize them. But if you save your passwords on Google Chrome then there’s good and bad news for you.
The Bad News
Few users recently faced a warning when logging into some websites where they had their accounts. The warning was about a data breach recently and their password was present in the compromised passwords database. This means if someone has to hack their account it will be just trying out all those passwords with a particular ID through some software. Although it might take some time or it might be a little difficult but it is not impossible.
Cause of the breach is unknown as of now. But it is highly advisable to change the password of all the accounts which are using compromised passwords.
The Good News
If you haven’t seen any such warning then there could be two reasons, either your passwords were not stolen or you haven’t logged into those websites for which your password is stolen. In any case, better to check with Google Chrome.
If you are a user who saves their password with Google Chrome then you can easily check all the passwords which were compromised.
Go to Settings > Passwords.
You will see a section with the title “Check Passwords” and a small subtitle showing the number of passwords compromised.
By clicking on this section you will be taken to the screen which shows all your saved passwords.
Go through all the websites which says “Found in data breach” and update the passwords.
Counter Measures for stolen passwords
- There might be few websites for which you might not have saved the passwords such as accounts with the bank or other highly sensitive accounts. Make sure to change their password too if they are the same as those found in compromised passwords.
- While updating passwords of those websites, you might encounter some websites which you don’t even know about. It would be better to delete those accounts if you are not sure if that account belongs to you.
- Always make passwords with Capital and small alphabets along with symbols and numeric digits.
- Try to keep them as random as you can, they shouldn’t be related to you in any case (this makes it nearly impossible for hackers to decode)