Google Chrome Now Checks for Compromised Passwords in the Background: All Details

Reported By: Shaurya Sharma

Last Updated: December 22, 2023, 10:08 IST

Mountain View, California, USA

Google is doubling down on security and performance for Chrome.

If you are a Google Chrome user, you can now have better peace of mind as the browser will more proactively check for compromised passwords.

If you are a Google Chrome user, there is good news for you: Google’s Safety Check feature will now run automatically in the background for your online security. This feature works by checking if any of your online passwords have been compromised.

Now, users can have better peace of mind, as they will be “proactively alerted if passwords saved in Chrome have been compromised,” Google said. However, this feature isn’t limited to passwords; it also checks if any of your installed web extensions are harmful, if you are using the latest available build of Chrome, and even looks into site permissions that may warrant your attention. Google has made it easy for its users to access these alerts right in the three-dotted menu in Chrome, allowing them to take swift action.

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Another major advantage that the new revamped Safety Check feature brings is the ability to revoke site permissions—such as accessing your location and microphone—if you have not visited a particular website for a long time. In fact, the system now goes a step further to flag a website if it sends you a plethora of notifications despite you not interacting with it.

Google Chrome to Provide More Data About Tabs’ Memory Usage

While security is the need of the hour, it is also important to focus on fluidity. This is exactly what Google claims to have done here. It has expanded on the Memory Saver mode to allow Chrome on the desktop to run smoother than before. Now, it shows you more details about a tab’s memory usage and also lets users know if a website should “always remain active.”

To enable this feature, all you need to do is head to Google Chrome Settings > Look for the Performance section> Toggle Memory Saver on.

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