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Google is adding its password checkup feature to Android, making the mobile OS the latest company offering to give users an easy way to check if the passcodes they’re using have been compromised.
Password Checkup works by checking credentials entered into apps against a list of billions of credentials compromised in the innumerable website breaches that have occurred in recent years. In the event there’s a match, users receive an alert, along with a prompt that can take them to Google’s password manager page, which offers a way to review the security of all saved credentials.
Google’s Password Manager makes it easy for users to directly visit sites using bad passwords by clicking the "Change Password" button displayed next to each compromised or weak password. The password manager is accessible from any browser, but it works only when users sync credentials using their Google account password, rather than an optional standalone password.
The new password checkup was available as of Tuesday on Android 9 and above for users of autofill with Android, a feature that automatically adds passwords, addresses, payment details, and other information commonly entered into Web and app forms.
The Android autofill framework uses advanced encryption to ensure that passwords and other information are available only to authorized users. Google has access to user credentials only when users 1) have already saved a credential to their Google account and 2) were offered to save a new credential by the Android OS and chose to save it to their account.
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