Chrome now automatically fixes breached passwords on Android | #android | #security


Google is rolling out a new Chrome on Android feature to help users change passwords compromised in data breaches with a single tap.

Chrome already helped you check if your credentials were compromised and, with the rollout of the new automated password change feature, it will also allow you to change them automatically.

Now, whenever checking for stolen passwords on supported sites and apps, Google Assistant will display a “Change password” button that will instruct Chrome to navigate to the website and go through the entire password change process on its own.

You will also be provided with the choice to go through the entire experience manually at any point throughout the credentials change process.

“Powered by Duplex on the Web, Assistant takes over the tedious parts of web browsing: scrolling, clicking and filling forms, and allows you to focus on what’s important to you,” said Patrick Nepper, Google Chrome Senior Product Manager.

“And now we’re expanding these capabilities even further by letting you quickly create a strong password for certain sites and apps when Chrome determines your credentials have been leaked online.”

Duplex on the Web was introduced back in 2019 to allow Google Assistant to help users complete various web tasks easier, including ordering food, checking into flights, buying movie tickets, and now automatically changing compromised passwords.

Chrome automated password change
Chrome automated password change (Google)

Rolling out to devices with password sync enabled

“Automated password changes are rolling out gradually in Chrome on Android, to users who sync their passwords,” Nepper added.

“It’s starting in the U.S., and will become available on more sites and more countries in the coming months.”

Google also announced today that the Chrome for Android password manager would also get several enhancements, including:

  • A new tool that makes it easy to import passwords from other password managers.
  • Deeper integrations with Chrome and Android to seamlessly fill your passwords across sites and apps, regardless of whether you’re on desktop or mobile.
  • Password Alerts that automatically warn you of saved passwords that have been compromised via a third-party breach.

Sameer Samat, Google’s VP of product management, said today at this year’s Google I/O annual developer conference that the Android OS now powers more than 3 billion devices.

These stats do not include the devices using third-party stores such as Amazon Fire or Chinese Android-based smartphones and tablets.



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