2018 has been called the year of the data breach tsunami. As I mentioned in previous bulletins, data breaches are escalating at an alarming rate. Although the number of breaches decreased from 1597 to 1232 in 2018, the amount of data exposed this past year was massive, in the BILLIONS.
Google’s new Chrome extension warns you if your passwords have been exposed. Google is rolling out a new tool to help the password-challenged beef up their security game. The Chrome extension called Password Checkup that can identify if you’re using a password that’s been exposed in a third-party data breach.
To enable, you must have Chrome installed. Then go to a Chrome browser and paste this link in your address field. Click the Add to Chrome button and accept.
Click on “Add to Chrome” to add the extension. You will see an icon at the upper right of your browser window. If you are alerted that your password has been found in a data breach, it’s time to change that password.