Network security is one of the aspects that most concern users when they connect to the Internet. To know that our credentials are safe when we browse, Google Chrome has a warning against a possible password violation. This utility is part of the password manager that Chrome integrates and informs us in case our password has been exposed. If necessary, it is important to know how to verify and correct which passwords have been exposed, thus avoiding possible identity theft.
We may have received a warning notification on Chrome on occasion. This can be like “A data breach on a site or app exposed your password” or “Your password was exposed.” If that is our case, today we are going to see how we can verify this information. Also what to do to solve it and what measures to take to prevent this situation. Both Chrome password breach warnings and password checking are free for users with a Google account and using Chrome.
- How to check if passwords are exposed
- What to do if our password has been violated
- Security measures to prevent attacks
- How to create a strong password
How to check if passwords are exposed
Some years ago Google introduced a feature called “ Password Chekup”. This is integrated into the Password Manager for each user account and it is responsible for notifying us in the event that, when entering our login credentials, our usual password has been exposed in a security breach.
Faced with a warning by Chrome for a possible password violation in which our data may have been exposed, we can take the following actions.
In the event that Chrome shows us a notification about a possible violation of our password, it is convenient to make sure what could have happened. It may have really managed to access our password or it was simply a false alarm. This false alarm can appear when we try to log in from a device not recognized by Google so far, so it can inform us that it is an identity theft.
To be sure of what may have happened, we must click on said warning link that can arrive as a notification or by email. By clicking, they will provide us with more information about this possible event. From here we can check all the necessary information about it.
Visit Google Password Manager
If we have received any notification or we have doubts that any of our passwords may have been stolen, we can choose to visit the “Google password manager” page, by clicking on this link to its website . Here, we can see all the websites and applications where we have the passwords stored. We can go reviewing them in a particular way or directly use the “Search passwords ” search bar to search for any particular password that could be involved in an infringement.
Once found, click on it and we will have the possibility to change the username and / or password. Or if we prefer to delete the data stored in the browser on that website or application.
Verify our identity
Another option that we can make to avoid any scare due to any possibility that our password may have been exposed is to verify our identity . This is something we can do by clicking on the “Go to Chrome password check” section . This will redirect us to a new page from where we can check the security of the passwords that we have saved in our Google account. To begin, we must verify our identity by clicking on Check passwords.
This will prompt us to sign in in case we haven’t. Google will send us an automatic notification to our mobile phone where we must click on “Yes” to verify our identity.
Later it will show us a new page in which we will see our accounts and passwords that may have been compromised. In this way we can see which are our violated passwords that we should change as soon as possible, as well as the passwords that we have reused and the accounts that use weak passwords.
What to do if our password has been violated
In the event that our password has failed, we must click on the drop-down menu corresponding to the “Violated Passwords” section . Here we must various passwords that we must change as soon as possible because these have been exposed to a data security breach that is not from Google. To its right it also has a button with three points that if we click on it gives us the possibility to carry out other actions such as “See the password”, “Update the saved password”, “Delete password” and “Ignore the warning”.
Next, we click on the “Change password” button for each exposed account. This will direct us to the website where we can enter our account. Later, the Chrome password manager will warn us that it found the password that we just entered in a data breach, so we must click on “Check passwords”. We return to the site and change the password. Subsequently, the password manager will ask us to update the new password saved, so we click on “Update password”.
We must repeat this process with each of the passwords that have been violated. We can resume it at any time by accessing the “Chrome Settings” section. In the right column select “Autocomplete” and then the “Passwords” section, from where we can change any compromised password.
Security measures to prevent attacks
In order to avoid any problem that causes the Google password violation warning to appear, we can use a series of precautions that can help us keep our account safe.
Activate 2-Step Verification
One of the security measures that we must take into account to improve our account is to activate Google’s two-step verification . This measure is valid for both our Gmail accounts and any other profile that we have on other pages. If we use this tool, we will not only have to enter the account with our email and password, but we will also have a security token that we will receive via SMS to our mobile. We can activate this tool from this link to its main web page .
Account security review
Another important security measure that we must consider is to perform a review of our account to verify that it is well protected. To carry out this work, with our Gmail account open we must access the Security Review section, which we can access by clicking on this link to the web page . Below, we can see from which devices our account has been logged in and if there has been any incident related to its security recently. We can also see if the two-step verification is activated, as well as the applications that can access our data profile and the saved passwords.
Delete activity data on the web and applications
From our Google account we can carry out other privacy and security controls such as reviewing our privacy suggestions generated from the Google services that we use the most. One of these options is the possibility of eliminating our activity data both on the web and in the applications. This is something that we can do both manually and configure it so that something of a time that we determine is done automatically. Although Google uses this data to offer us a more personalized experience, we can always eliminate it by accessing the Google page from this link .
How to create a strong password
Creating secure passwords using our Google Chrome browser is a fairly simple task to perform and we make sure we have secure and complicated credentials to resolve. First of all, first of all, we must make sure that we have password saving activated in Chrome . We can check this by clicking on our profile photo in the upper right and then clicking on “Passwords”. Next, we must check that we have activated the “Ask if I want to save password” function.
To do this, we open the browser and make sure that we are logged in. We visit any website and sign up for an account. Then we click on the password text box and select “Generate password” . This will bring up a new password hint, long and complex to crack and remember. We can only confirm it by clicking on “Use suggested password”. Once this is done, we only have to register to create our account and the password generated by Chrome will be automatically saved in our Google account.