Google Assistant in Chrome can now auto-change compromised passwords

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Google Assistant in Chrome can now automatically detect and change users’ stolen passwords.

This feature was initially announced by the search giant during Google I/O 2021. At the time, Google had said that this feature would be released gradually for Chrome for Android in the US.

According to Google, this feature utilizes its ‘Duplex on the Web’ technology that was initially used to automate tedious tasks like booking movie tickets online.

Google Assistant on Chrome would show a prompt asking for permission to automatically change your password. This prompt would be displayed if it detects that the password used had been leaked through a data breach.

The Assistant will then ask for a confirmation to allow the Assistant to change your password. It will then automatically transfer to the affected website where the user would be able to manually enter a new password or use the password suggested by Chrome’s password manager. This feature is supposedly only compatible with a few sites for now.

Recently, Google released Web Store badges for Chrome. This step has been taken to help users identify and install Chrome extensions from safe sources. Extensions on the Chrome Web Store now show a Featured badge or an Established Publisher badge. It should be noted that these badges can not be purchased by the developers. They can only receive it after submitting a request and getting verified.

Last month, Google Chrome for Android spotted testing a feature to let users restore all closed tabs at once, similar to what’s already available on Chrome for desktop.

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