Bad habits are hard to break, especially when it comes to reusing a sequence of numbers, letters and symbols in passwords.
Google has published research highlighting that 1.5% of Chrome users are accessing websites with unsafe passwords. The researchers said it could also be due to a lack of understanding about the Chrome extension. Google found that 25.7% of its alerts, totaling 81,368, did not trigger a password change from users.
According to the help page available on the company's official website, the feature will also allow users to log in using any method they prefer to unlock their phone including pin and pattern unlock.
Google also claimed that users would be 10x more at risk of having their accounts hijacked if it did not regularly reset the passwords of accounts affected by third-party data breaches.
While the study suggests that just as many people would respond to a password alert is fifty-fifty, that a significant proportion do indicates that these types of alerts do have a positive impact.
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Of the almost 667,716 people who installed the extension and participated in the research between February 5, 2019 and March 4, 2019, Google managed to scan 21 million log-in user names and passwords, flagging 316,000 as unsafe. The extension does this by checking your logins against a database of 4 billion usernames and passwords found in past data breaches.
"In fact, outside the most popular web sites, users are 2.5X more likely to reuse vulnerable passwords, putting their account at risk of hijacking", the blogpost said.
Out of that number, a quarter (25 per cent) chose to ignore the warning. Of the 1,684,851 visits to financial sites, 0.3% received warnings and 18.6% were ignored. The second gives users even more control over their data.
Of the 21 million sets of account credentials scanned by Password Checkup, 316,000 - or 1.5 percent - had already been compromised.
But, the extension works quite well, which is why Google has decided to make its "password checkup" leak detection extension a default feature of Google Chrome, as reported by 9To5 Google.
The first is a direct feedback mechanism where users can tell the company about issues they are facing via a comment box.