Google Assistant in Chrome for Android Offers to Automatically Change Compromised Passwords

At the Google I/O developer conference held in 2021, the tech giant had announced a new Google Assistant-powered feature for Chrome that would help users easily change compromised passwords. Now, this feature is finally rolling out to users of Chrome for Android. This new Assistant-powered feature will display a pop-up notification as soon as a user logs in with a password that has been found in a data breach. The pop-up notification states, “Chrome found the password you just used in a data breach. Your Google Assistant can change your password automatically.”

The notification also features two buttons, one of which closes the pop-up while the other changes the password automatically. When a user taps on the second button, it takes them to a new page with a confirmation sheet that reads, “To help you complete tasks, Google will receive the URLs and contents of sites on which you use Assistant, as well as information you submit through Assistant. This information may be stored in your Google account. You can turn off Assistant in Chrome settings.”

When users tap on the ‘I agree’ button on the confirmation sheet, they are taken take you to the change password page to avail of the service. Also included on this page is a sheet at the bottom that helps track progress as Google Assistant generates a new password. Once the Assistant generates a new password, users may accept it and save it to Chrome’s password manager. In case users encounter any issues during this process, they can take over at any point to manually change their password.

Last November, this feature was first rolled out to a handful of users. Now, it appears that Google will be rolling out this feature more widely.