Assistant in Chrome for Android can automatically change your stolen passwords

At its I/O developer conference last year, Google announced a new Assistant-powered feature for Chrome to help users easily change compromised passwords. The feature is finally rolling out to users on Chrome for Android.

The new Assistant-powered feature displays a pop-up notification as soon as you log in with a password found in a data breach. As shown in the attached screenshots (via Max Weinbach), the message states: “Chrome found the password you just used in a data breach. Your Google Assistant can change your password automatically.”

The notification also contains two buttons: one to close the popup and another to change the password automatically. Tapping the latter will take you to a new page with a confirmation sheet that says: “To help you complete tasks, Google receives the URLs and content of sites where you use the Assistant, as well as information you submit through the Assistant. This information may be stored in your Google account. You can disable the Assistant in Chrome settings.”

Tap the ‘I agree’ button on the confirmation sheet will take you to the password change page for that service. The page also includes a sheet at the bottom to track progress as the Google Assistant generates a new password. After the Assistant generates a new password, you can accept it and save it in Chrome’s password manager. If you run into any issues during the process, you can take over at any time to manually change your password.

It’s worth noting that this feature was first rolled out to a handful of users last November. It now seems to be rolling out wider. If you haven’t received it yet, it should reach your device in a few days.

What do you think of this new Assistant-powered feature in Chrome for Android? Do you think it’s helpful, or would you rather change your compromised passwords manually? Let us know in the comments below.

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