With Data leakages are getting rampant, it is likely that it can happen to you at any time. Some leakages happen with bad intentions but others are out of the accident when a company mistakenly leaks your sensitive information. Good thing, password checkup features are readily available among popular browsers.
On the flip side, a data breach could be a deliberate attack to steal sensitive information. Sometimes, this data breach can go unnoticed until something drastic happens. Good thing, there are password checkup features to check for any breaches. Albert Khoury of Komando helps you walk through 4 popular browsers.
Password Checkup from Google Chrome
Since prevention is better than cure, it would be a good starting point. A strong and unique password is your first line of defense against cyberattacks. It is advisable not to use weak passwords. Instead, choose a random unique combination of symbols, numeric, cap, and small letters which is difficult to remember.
Password managers make the guesswork by generating strong combinations. These programs store the login details and you can use them on different devices. Many browsers, especially the popular ones, have built-in password managers. Alternatively, you can install a third-party program to do the job.
The Password Manager of Google Chrome has a feature that checks the password. It will not only give you a review of the strength of your saved passwords. Furthermore, it will show you if there have been any compromised passwords. And it will guide you on what to change if necessary. To use this feature, go to passwords.google.com, then choose Password Checkup, and click Check Passwords.
Password Monitor of Microsoft Edge
The Microsoft Edge browser has a Password Monitor to help you check for any compromised passwords saved in the browser. To use this feature, open the Microsoft Edge browser. Click the menu on the upper right side with three horizontal dots as symbols. Select Settings, and under Profiles choose Passwords. Then, click Password Monitor.
To turn on this feature, go to Settings. Under Profiles choose Passwords and toggle on the Show alerts when passwords are found in an online leak.
Open the Firefox browser and go to monitor.firefox.com. You can type in your email address to check for any data breach. You can also activate email alerts if there is any compromised password by checking the box. It will then lead you to a menu where you can create a Firefox account. Once you have the account, you can even use the Firefox Monitor in other browsers. On the main page of Firefox Monitor, click Sign Up for Alerts to create the Firefox account and get breach notifications.
Apple Safari Password Monitoring
Apple Safari browser keeps your sensitive information in its password manager called Keychain. You can access this on any iOS device or iCloud. With password monitoring, Safari checks all saved passwords in Keychain. It will alert you when there are any compromised passwords.
By default, the Password monitoring is on for any iOS 14. Proceed to Safari, then go to Preferences, then choose Passwords to see browse through a list of saved and unsaved logins. Under Security Recommendations, you can see if there are any data breach alerts. If there is, click the link and replace the password.