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Chrome may let you choose between saving passwords locally or syncing to your Google account

There are plenty of ways to manage your passwords — Android Police has our own ways — and one of them is to trust Google Chrome with your precious authentication phrases. The browser recently started tracking data leaks for passwords and now, we're learning about an upcoming feature that will let users choose which passwords to sync to their Google accounts for convenience and which to keep to specific devices for increased security.

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Chrome 79 rolls out new VR and AR capabilities to everyone, adds password checkup feature, and more

It has been three weeks since the last Chrome release, and right on schedule, Chrome 79 is now rolling out across desktop and mobile platforms. This isn't the largest update we've seen recently, but there are a few changes worth highlighting. Let's jump right in!

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Alexa Skills and Google Assistant Actions can eavesdrop on users by abusing silence

When it comes to privacy, smart speakers tread on a fine line between serving commands or playing content and listening in on everything you're doing. However, engineers at Security Research Labs have been able to cross that line using a series of building blocks that comprise Amazon Alexa's Skills as well as Google Assistant's Actions, making us aware of the ways some malevolent developers can capture our data.

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Google announces new privacy features and upgrades its password manager

With the increasing scrutiny around the privacy of users, Google has announced some new features to give us all some additional peace of mind. Updates to Maps, YouTube, and Assistant will make it easier to control how much of your data the company has access to, and Password Checkup will help you ensure everything stays secure.

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Chrome 75 improves dark theme, adds password generator, lets web apps share files, and more

It has been just over a month since the last major Chrome release, and right on schedule, version 75 has arrived on all platforms. The Android version in particular has a few nice improvements, including a feature that was originally teased in 2017. Let's dive right in!

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Facebook reportedly stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plaintext - for years

Today, Krebs on Security has revealed that Facebook was storing between 200 and 600 million Facebook users passwords in plain text, going back to as early as 2012. While Facebook claims to have found no indication that the passwords were abused, an insider speaking to Krebs on Security claims around 2,000 developers made around 9 million queries against the logs, returning data which contained these plain text passwords.

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Keep your accounts more secure with Google's new Password Checkup Chrome extension

Keeping your password and private information safe on the internet has never been more fraught. From hackers to identity thieves, it's easier than you think for an account or password to be infiltrated. Google aims to help that problem with its newest Chrome extension.

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Gigantic data breach exposes 773 million emails and 21 million passwords

Have you been pwned? Probably—there are data breaches all the time that reveal login details, but the latest is on a different level. A database featuring a whopping 773 million emails has popped up online, and they're paired with passwords. So, if you weren't pwned yesterday, there's a pretty good chance you are today.

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Chrome OS to require authentication to view saved passwords

Google talks a big game about Chrome OS's security versus other operating systems. One area where it falls short, though, is keeping your passwords safe from the prying eyes of those around you. On competing operating systems like Windows and macOS, viewing saved passwords requires first entering your device password; not so on Chrome OS. That could soon be changing, though, according to a recent commit on the Chromium Gerrit.

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G Suite admins can now lock and reset passwords for their company's Android devices

Working in an IT department is not always an easy job, but if your company uses G Suite and Google Mobile Management, life might be getting just a wee bit simpler. Admins can now remotely reset passwords for company-owned Android devices, or lock them in the case of loss or theft.

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