In a new blog post, Google has announced a new feature for its Chrome browser designed to make it easier for users to change potentially compromised passwords.
The feature is based on Google’s own Duplex on the Web system that was debuted in 2019 and enabled the Google Assistant to do things like book restaurant reservations and buy movie tickets for Android users.
“Powered by Duplex on the Web, Assistant takes over the tedious parts of web browsing: scrolling, clicking and filling forms, and allows you to focus on what’s important to you,” reads the blog post. “And now we’re expanding these capabilities even further by letting you quickly create a strong password for certain sites and apps when Chrome determines your credentials have been leaked online.”
With Duplex powering this new feature under the hood, users will be able to change any potentially compromised passwords by simply tapping or clicking on a prompt from the Google Assistant in the form of a “Change Password” button. Once it is activated, Chrome and the Assistant will navigate the user to the site the password in question is for, and complete the entire process of changing it for them.
Google does point out that users will have the option of controlling how much of the process the Assistant takes the initiative on, with the ability to jump in and take control whenever they want.
Earlier this year Google announced enhanced security for Chrome’s built-in password manager feature. Among the updates is a new system that will automatically detect weak passwords and let users change them.
The new changes are rolling out now gradually to users of Chrome on Android who sync their passwords. Though this initial rollout is limited to US residents, Google says its features will become available in more countries in the coming months.