Published on August 17th, 2019 📆 | 5567 Views ⚑0
Google Warns Over 4 BILLION Users Are Vulnerable To Hacking
Google has declared that over 4bn users have unsafe username-password combinations and advised users to check if they are one of them.
The internet giant has said its strategy to prevent its users being hacked has ensured the safety of 110m accounts over the past two years.
It has asked users to download the Password Checkup extension for its Chrome internet browser, so it can warn them if their credentials are unsafe.
‘Whenever you sign in to a site, Password Checkup will trigger a warning if the username and password you use is one of over 4 billion credentials that Google knows to be unsafe,’ Google said in a post on its Security Blog.
‘Password Checkup was designed jointly with cryptography experts at Stanford University to ensure that Google never learns your username or password, and that any breach data stays safe from wider exposure.’
The Password Checkup extension was launched earlier this year and cross-references your login credentials with a list of hacked accounts.
‘Since our launch, over 650,000 people have participated in our early experiment,’ Google’s Jennifer Pullman explained. ‘In the first month alone, we scanned 21m usernames and passwords and flagged over 316,000 as unsafe — 1.5pc of sign-ins scanned by the extension.’
‘Hijackers routinely attempt to sign in to sites across the web with every credential exposed by a third-party breach,’ said Pullman. ‘If you use strong, unique passwords for all your accounts, this risk disappears.’
Google also claimed that users would be 10x more at risk of having their accounts hijacked if it did not regularly reset the passwords of accounts affected by third-party data breaches.