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Google Chrome makes it easier to fix weak passwords
- Google is releasing Chrome 88 with much improved control over passwords.
- It will help identify weak passwords, and give you a central place to update saved sign-ins.
- The features are rolling out over the weeks ahead to desktop and mobile users.
Use the web for long enough and you’ll invariably have a few weak sign-ins stored in your password manager. Google, at least, wants to fix that — it just released Chrome 88 with features to help you fix weak passwords and update others.
The new version of Chrome offers an easy check in your settings if there are any weak or compromised passwords. If there are, you just have to click a button to go to the relevant site and provide a more secure login.
It should also be faster to update multiple Chrome passwords at once. The new software has a revamped section that helps you update numerous usernames and passwords in quick succession. If you’ve been reusing a password or need to respond to an account breach, you can address multiple logins quickly.
Chrome 88’s password features will roll out over the “coming weeks,” although you may be waiting depending on your choice of platform. The centralized password updates will initially be available for desktop and iOS, with Android getting an update “soon.”
It could be worth the wait if you use Chrome to organize your passwords. Features like these could help you avoid security lapses, particularly for accounts where you might not give much thought to password strength. Ideally, you’ll have fewer rude surprises from attackers trying to hijack your accounts.