Most modern browsers, including Google Chrome, offer built-in password managers to automatically save and fill in login information on websites. While third-party password managers often provide additional functionality, browser-native password managers are perfectly suited to get the job done. Chrome and other Chromium derivatives, like Microsoft Edge, also offer the ability to check for compromised passwords. The browser can analyze your saved passwords to see if any of them have leaked into security holes. So today we are going to show you how to check leaked or compromised passwords in Google Chrome.
Find Leaked Passwords Using Google Chrome
If you don’t use your browser’s built-in password manager (whether it’s Chrome, Firefox, or Edge), learn how to disable repeated “save password” prompts. For the rest of you who use the feature, this article will show you how to check for leaked or compromised passwords using Google Chrome’s built-in password checker feature on Windows 10 and Android. So let’s cut the chatter and cut to the chase.
- Open Google Chrome on your PC and click on the three dot menu button in the upper right corner. From the drop-down menu, select Settings.
- Then scroll down a bit and click on the blue “Check now” under “Security Check” to see if you are safe from data breaches and other security issues.
To note: You can also complete the security check by accessing Passwords -> Check passwords.
- If your saved passwords are safe, Chrome will tell you ” No security issues detected“. In case of compromised passwords, the browser will display a warning message and ask you to review it. Click on the “Review” button.
To note: If you have passwords that have not been breached but are not strong enough, Google will warn you of a “weak password” and prompt you to change it immediately.
- On the next screen, Google Chrome shows you the website and password that was found during a data breach. It provides a “Change Password” shortcut to let you quickly update your login information and prevent hackers from accessing your account.
- Open Google Chrome on your Android device and tap the three dot menu button top right. From the drop-down menu, select Settings.
- Now choose “Security Check” option and tap on “Check Now” button to check if your Chrome is up to date, safe browsing is enabled and if your saved passwords appeared in data breach or no.
Google will tell you that your passwords are secure or notify you of a possible breach, if any. If you see compromised passwords, we suggest you rush to update them to protect your personal data. Also, do not only update the password on the compromised website, but also on other platforms where you are using the same password.
Use Google Chrome to find and update compromised passwords
While most browsers do a decent job of protecting your login credentials, Chromium-based browsers go a step further and check for possible compromised passwords. So if you think one or more of your passwords may have leaked online, follow the tutorial above to make sure you’re not the victim of a data breach.
Meanwhile, as a Chrome user, also check out our other browser tutorials, including how to use live captions on Chrome, how to always open Chrome in incognito mode, how to “preview” web pages on Chrome for Android and how to enable Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode in Chrome. Finally, learn about the best Chrome metrics you should use on your computer to improve your browsing experience.