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Google Assistant can now change your compromised passwords.
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Google made it much easier to change your compromised passwords

It is almost a given that if you have ever entered your email address into a website or signed up for a service, hackers will breach it at some point.

When you get the dreaded notification that your account details are part of a massive database leak, you usually have to go through the laborious process of changing passwords. Unfortunately, people aren’t creative when it comes to passwords, which is almost as bad as not changing them.

Thankfully, Google Assistant can help. Read on to see how you can use the smart assistant to change your credentials.

Here’s the backstory

Google’s Chrome browser has for some time now been able to alert you if your credentials were included in a data breach. The browser will helpfully suggest which sites use those login details, but it is up to you to manually change the passwords.

Google has now moved that process to Chrome for Android phones, and the Google Assistant can help you change compromised passwords.

If Google Chrome detects a password breach, you’ll see a pop-up on the screen. “Chrome found the password you just used in a data breach. Your Google Assistant can change your password automatically,” read the message.

You can close the message or click on the Change Automatically button. With the latter option, you let the assistant take the wheel and come up with a new password. It is then updated and stored in Chrome’s password manager.

What you can do about it

As mentioned, the password update for Google Assistant is only on Android phones for now. There is no indication if the feature will make its way to iOS. However, iPhone users can still see compromise passwords in Chrome. Here’s how:

  • Open Chrome on your iPhone.
  • Tap your name or picture in the upper right corner.
  • Select Passwords.
  • Under Check Passwords, tap Check Now. A list of compromised passwords will appear.

But it does come with a caveat for both Android and iOS. Websites handle password changes differently, and only a few are compatible with Google Assistant for now. For example, Chrome will indicate a compromised password, but it will say “Change Password on Website.”  

To see if your Android device’s Chrome app includes the new feature, open the Chrome app, tap Settings and then Passwords. If a website is compatible, you’ll see a Google Assistant bubble next to it with Change Password instead of the regular arrow.

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