In an official blog post updated today, Google details Chrome’s initiatives in password protection and anti-phishing. One of the most notable new features is to prevent other problems caused by identity theft and personal information disclosure by alerting users once they are discovered that their passwords have been stolen.
Online accounts contain a wealth of information about users, such as their online shopping habits, medical records and entertainment preferences. More importantly, some accounts may contain ID numbers, credit card accounts and other content, so how to protect the user’s personal privacy is particularly important.
Rampant phishing scams, as well as users’ own bad password habits, can reveal users’ personal information. In most cases, these infected individuals do not know that their information has been compromised, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft, financial fraud, and so on.
To that end, Google has introduced a new feature in Chrome that alerts users as soon as they find out that their personal information has been compromised. The warning contains a link to whether the password has been stolen. The technology, which originally appeared as a “Password Checkup” extension, is now integrated into Google accounts.
In addition to password warnings, Google says users use Chrome on the desktop side and now provide real-time phishing protection. Finally, Google has tweaked the avatar design in Chrome to make it easier to see the account you’re currently signed in to.