Google’s Mark Risher, Director of Product Management, Identity and User Security has been said, “In 2020, searches for “how strong is my password” increased by 300%. Unfortunately, even the strongest passwords can be compromised and used by an attacker – that’s why we invested in security controls that prevent you from using weak or compromised passwords. At Google, keeping you safe online is our top priority, so we continuously invest in new tools and features to keep your personal information safe, including your passwords.”
He also explained and stated, “You may not realize it, but passwords are the single biggest threat to your online security – they’re easy to steal, they’re hard to remember, and managing them is tedious. Many people believe that a password should be as long and complicated as possible – but in many cases, this can actually increase the security risk. Complicated passwords tempt users into using them for more than one account; in fact, 66% of Americans admit to using the same password across multiple sites, which makes all those accounts vulnerable if anyone falls.”
Add 2-Step Verification (2SV)
One of the best ways to protect your account from a breached or bad password is by having a second form of verification in place – another way for your account to confirm it is really you logging in. When you sign in from any smartphone, 2-Step Verification allows you to confirm it’s really you by receiving a Google prompt on your phone.
Use Security Keys On Your Android Phone
Android devices running Android 7.0 or later have an option to use security keys which will help to protect your personal Google Account as well as Google Cloud Accounts at work.
To use or activate security keys, make sure your device has at least Android 7.0 or later version installed. Now connect your Android phone with a Google account, just make sure you should have enabled the 2-Step Verification, and also make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your phone and the device you are signing in on. Now grab your computer and visit 2-Step Verification settings and click on “Add-security key”, then choose your Android phone from the list of available devices, and it’s done.
Keep Your Password Safe Everywhere
Google’s Password Manager, which is built right into Chrome, Android, and iOS, protects your passwords across all of your sites and apps with the most up-to-date protection technology. It simplifies the development and use of complex and unique passwords by eliminating the need to recall or repeat them. Password Manager will automatically fill in your safe password any time you visit a website or sign in to an app when signed into your Google Account.
Password Manager is also integrated with Google Security Checkup, which informs you if any of your passwords have been compromised if you’re reusing passwords across several sites, and how strong your passwords are. Google will also notify you if your password has been compromised, allowing you to change it quickly and easily to keep your details secure.
Google’s new Password Import feature lets you easily upload up to 1,000 passwords at a time from various third-party sites into Google’s Password Manager.