Keeping your online passwords secure should now be easier than ever, thanks to Google’s new Chrome for Android update.
A year ago, the search giant announced during Google I/O 2021 that the Google Assistant would offer to change compromised passwords automatically, and now the company is seriously delivering on that promise.
With the release of a new version 101 of its Chrome for Android, Google would be gradually rolled out the feature in the US.
Screenshots of this new security feature allegedly surfaced on Twitter. Google said the feature uses its “Duplex on the Web” technology, which was originally used to automate tedious tasks like booking movie tickets online.
As per the source materials, Google Assistant in Chrome will display a prompt for permission to automatically change your password. This prompt will be displayed if the password you just used is found to have been stolen in a data breach. It will then ask for confirmation to allow the Google Assistant to change your password — specifically; it generates a new password that the user can accept or reject.
You will then be taken to the impacted website, where you can enter a new password manually or use the password provided by Chrome’s password manager. For the time being, this feature is only expected to work with a few websites.
It may take a few days to reach all devices. At the moment, it is unknown if it is also available for the Chrome app on iOS. Google promises the feature will become available on more sites and more countries in the coming months.