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Google is making passwords safer to use on Chrome and Android
- New Google password manager additions were revealed at Google I/O 2021.
- The new features include a new password import tool and deeper integration between Chrome and Android platforms.
- A fast way to fix compromised passwords and accounts using Duplex has also been announced.
The Google I/O developer conference is underway, and the company revealed during the event it is launching new ways to make strong and unique passwords for smartphones and PCs that use the Chrome web browser or Chrome OS.
Google’s Jen Fitzpatrick talked about four new features that are coming to the company’s Password Manager. One of the goals of these features is to stop the use of the same password by a user on multiple accounts.
First, Google is launching a tool that will import passwords used in other third-party managers to your Google account.
Next, the company is adding deeper integration between Android and PCs that use either Chrome OS or the Chrome web browser, so you can use the same account passwords on both platforms. Also, the company is launching a notification alert, to let users know if their password has been compromised.
Finally, Google announced a new way to quickly fix and update passwords for accounts that have already been compromised. Using Google’s Duplex machine learning system, Chrome users will be able to see a “Change Password” button generated by Google Assistant if their current password may have been leaked. Assistant and Duplex will then automatically take them through the process of creating a new password for that account.
While not all sites will be supported with this new feature immediately, Google says its Password Manager can still help users make new and strong passwords for their accounts. More sites that support the new Duplex password creation field will be added in the weeks and months to come.
The new features will make Google’s Password Manager a stronger alternative to dedicated password manager services like LastPass or Dashlane.