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Google rolls out Password Checkup feature to Android

Try changing all your passwords every few months.  Try changing all your passwords every few months. 
Try changing all your passwords every few months.  (Pixabay)

The feature will allow users to detect passwords if they have been part of any data breaches. Here is how you can use the latest security feature on your Android device.

Google’s Password Checkup tool is now rolling out to Android users. The tool had debuted on the Google Chrome browser in 2019. The feature allows users to detect weak passwords and also warns if the password has appeared in data breaches.

The Password Checkup has arrived on Google through the “Autofill with Google”, which the OS uses to auto-fill in forms. According to Android Police, the Password Checkup on Chrome and Android are identical. The integration with the operating system allows users to check passwords for more platforms and applications. You can use the feature only when using the company’s autofill mechanism is enabled. The report further said that the Password Checkup on Android is available on devices running version 9 and above.

Google's new Password Check up feature
Google's new Password Check up feature (Google)

Google added that only an encrypted hash of the credential leaves the device. The server returns with a list of encrypted hashes of the available breached credential that may have the same prefix.

Apart from checking the passwords for data breaches, Google is also rolling out a new feature that helps you generate a unique and secure password. It will help stop using the same password for different services.

How to enable Password Checker on your Android device

Step 1: Go to Settings on your phone.

Step 2: Tap on System. Here, choose Language & Input. Then, select Advanced.

Step 3: Tap on Autofill Service.

Step 4: Tap Google to ensure the service is active.

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