GOOGLE has launched an easy way for Android users to check if any of their passwords have been hacked.
It's a tool called Password Checkup and it's been added to the Canary version of Google Chrome.
Canary is a version of Chrome that has the latest features but hasn't gone through thorough testing.
People who use this version should now be alerted if a password they enter has been compromised in a data breach.
The desktop version of Canary Chrome has had this feature for a while but it's only just rolled out for Android smartphones.
If you want to use the feature for yourself try following the steps below.
How to use Chrome Password Checkup
First you'll need to download the latest version of Chrome Canary for Android.
Please be aware that it's not as stable as regular Google Chrome.
Once installed, go to chrome://flags and look for the "bulk password check" flag.
Enable it and restart the browser.
Go to your password settings and you should see a "check password" option.
Clicking this should scan your saved passwords and tell you if any have been compromised.
Tips to prevent identity theft
Sometimes these things are out of your control but there are useful measures you can take to try and protect yourself…
- Have passwords on all your digital devices
- Try and have different passwords for each account and device and change them every so often
- Avoid clicking on suspicious links in emails or texts
- Never give out personal information without triple checking you're giving it to the person you intended
- Limit the number of credit or debit cards you carry at any one time
- Don't carry around things like your Social Security card or National Insurance number unless you have to
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