Password Checkup: Uniqueness

Yesterday, we started a password security check of our saved Chrome passwords. First, we learned how to check if your password has been compromised. (Click here to read that article.)

Today, we’ll take a look at an important indicator of password security: its uniqueness. It’s really not a good idea to use the same password for multiple accounts (though it sure is easier). If, like most people, you use the same password for multiple accounts, you make it easier for hackers. They only need to get your password one time to access multiple accounts.

Start by going to this link:

AT the top of the Google Security Checkup page, your first option is to check your saved passwords.

Click the arrow at the right.

Click on Go to Password Checkup.

Log into Google.

We checked for compromised passwords in our previous article. Today, we’ll concentrate on password strength and unique passwords.

Click on Reused Passwords. (Assuming you have any, you might be smart and use a unique password for everything.)

Click the arrow at the right to see a list of accounts where you’ve reused the same password.

The accounts and the email address you used for them will display.

Click the three-dot menu icon at the right to see option. You can view the saved password, update the password, or delete the password. None of these options change the password on your actual account. Just where the password is saved in Chrome.

To change the password, you’ll need to click on Change password.

That will take you to the site. Find your account options and update your password there.

Tomorrow, we’ll look at how to check on password strength.

One thought on “Password Checkup: Uniqueness

  1. I get so ticked off when I go to a web site (like Google in this case), it shows my password then tells me my password has been changed so many days ago. NO IT HASN’T. In that case, I have to end up changing it AGAIN. What a pain

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