Android users can now take advantage of Password check Google’s function First introduced in its Chrome web browser at the end of 2019, The operating system manufacturer announced today.
On Android devices, the password check function is now “Use Google autofill“Mechanism, the operating system uses this mechanism to select text from the cache and fill out the form.
The idea is that the “password check” function will obtain the password stored in the Android OS password manager and check the database containing billions of records from public data breaches, and see if the password has been previously leaked online .
If so, a warning will be displayed to the user.
Google said that users do not need to worry about this password checking mechanism. The mechanism does not share their credentials in clear text over the network. It works as follows:
- Only the encrypted hash of the credential leaves the device (the first two bytes of the hash are sent unencrypted to partition the database)
- The server returns a list of cryptographic hashes of known breaches that share the same prefix
- The actual determination of whether the credentials have been violated occurs locally on the user device
- The server (Google) cannot access the unencrypted hash of the user’s password, and the client (User) cannot access the list of unencrypted hashes that may violate credentials.
To enable password checking, users should ensure that the “Autofill Google” feature is enabled on their device following the steps below:
- Turn on the phone Set value application
- Tap system > language and input > advanced
- Tap Autofill service
- Tap Google to make sure the setting is enabled
The similar password check function is Has appeared in iOS 14 since last summer. Over the years, most web browsers have also had similar password leak checking features, such as those found in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
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