CYBER PANIC Google warns BILLIONS of website passwords have been hacked – how to check yours now

CYBER PANIC Google warns BILLIONS of website passwords have been hacked – how to check yours now


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GOOGLE has warned users that billions of passwords – and hundreds of thousands of username and password combinations – have been hacked.

Cyber-experts are now urging users to make sure they're using tough passwords that haven't already been stolen.

Earlier this year, Google launched a Password Checkup add-on for the Google Chrome web browser.

It displays a warning whenever you sign in to a website using "one of over 4billion usernames and passwords" that have been hacked.

Google does this by cross-referencing your log-in details for different sites with a huge list of hacked log-ins.

"Since our launch, over 650,000 people have participated in our early experiment," Google's Jennifer Pullman explained.

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"In the first month alone, we scanned 21million usernames and passwords and flagged over 316,000 as unsafe – 1.5% of sign-ins scanned by the extension."

There's obviously a huge risk for anyone whose username and passwords from different sites have been hacked.

It's important to immediately change your log-in details to stay safe.

But even passwords uploaded online without associated usernames can put you at risk.

If you use a very simple password, it's likely someone else does too – and they may have been hacked themselves.

Hackers buy huge lists of these compromised passwords from lots of different sites because people often re-use them.

So hackers are much more likely to gain access to an account by forcing a long list of "known" hacked passwords than trying random letters or numbers.

"Hijackers routinely attempt to sign in to sites across the web with every credential exposed by a third-party breach," said Pullman.

"If you use strong, unique passwords for all your accounts, this risk disappears."

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