It is almost certain that if you have ever entered your email address on a website or registered for a service, hackers will break it at some point.

When you receive the scary notification that your account data is part of a massive database leak, you usually have to go through the time-consuming process of changing passwords. Unfortunately, people are not creative when it comes to passwords, which is almost as bad as not changing them.

Fortunately, Google Assistant can help. Read on to see how you can use Smart Assistant to change your credentials.

Here is the background

Google Chrome has been able to alert you for some time if your credentials have been included in a data breach. The browser will helpfully suggest which sites use this login, but it’s up to you to change your passwords manually.

Google has already moved this process to Chrome for Android phones, and Google Assistant can help you change compromised passwords.

If Google Chrome detects a password breach, you’ll see a pop-up on the screen. “Chrome found the password you just used for a data breach. “Your Google Assistant can automatically change your password,” the statement said.

You can close the message or click Change automatically button. With the last option you allow the assistant to take the wheel and come up with a new password. It is then updated and stored in the Chrome Password Manager.

What can you do about it

As mentioned, the Google Assistant password update is currently only available on Android phones. There is no indication whether the feature will reach iOS. However, iPhone users can still see compromised passwords in Chrome. This is how:

  • Open up Chrome on your iPhone.
  • Touch yours name or picture in the top right corner.
  • Choose Passwords.
  • Under Password verification, tap Check now. A list of compromised passwords will appear.

But it comes with a warning for both Android and iOS. Websites handle password changes differently, and only a few are compatible with Google Assistant so far. For example, Chrome will specify a compromised password, but will say “Change website password”.

To see if the Chrome app on your Android device includes the new feature, open the Chrome app, tap Settings and then Passwords. If a website is compatible, you’ll see a Google Assistant bubble next to it with a Change Password instead of the regular arrow.

Keep reading

10 tips for protecting your Google Chrome browser

Google warns of urgent security fix: Update Chrome now

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