Common opinion more or less states that passwords aren’t so much “necessary,” as they are a “necessary evil.” The best practices that are recommended to maintain the efficacy of passwords today can certainly feel excessive - which tempts many users into ignoring these practices, to the detriment of their security. Fortunately, many large companies - like Google - are trying to make passwords easier to manage.
Consider how common weak passwords (things like “abc123” or “QWERTY” or “password”) are, even after the vulnerabilities that passwords like these can present have been so clearly demonstrated. There are entire lists available online discussing how common these kinds of passwords are. A whole 66 percent of surveyed Americans confess to using - and repeating - weak passwords across accounts.
Many tools have been designed to help fight these tendencies, like the password managers that many different designers have tackled - including the team at Google. One major step to accomplishing this goal was to introduce a built-in password manager to a user’s Google account and Chrome browser. Not only does this option eliminate the need for a user to remember dozens of different passwords, it simply makes them more convenient to input.
However, this didn’t really stop users from resorting to sub-par passwords, so Google has released another new feature, incorporated into its password management solution, to help users maintain proper password security. This feature is known as Password Checkup.
Password Checkup examines the passwords that you have saved to your Google Account and confidentially analyzes them for common issues, like:
As a result of these checks, Google can inform users when a password needs to be changed - and these alerts will also pop up in context.
This feature was made available as an extension of the Chrome Web Store in February of 2019. However, due to the importance of security, its features have been directly integrated into Chrome and Google accounts.
You can use the new password tool by going to https://passwords.google.com while logged into your Google account.
There are numerous methods that can be used to increase the security of your passwords, in addition to relying on a tool from Google. For instance:
Passwords are one of the most basic fundamentals of your business’ data security, which means you have to be sure that they are able to hold their own against the many means out there to undermine them. KT Connections can help you to accomplish this, and many more elements of your business IT’s security and functionality. Call 888-891-4201 today to learn more.
Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.