How to enable Password Leak Detection in Chrome 79

Google just released a new update to chrome, Chrome 79. The update brings a few security and performance enhancement you should turn on right now.

For this to work, you have to have the latest update for chrome which is chrome 79.x.x.x. To check which version of chrome you are on, click the triple-dot icon in the upper-right corner of your desktop browser, click on Help, click on “About Google Chrome,” and summon that update for your system. (Go ahead and update your Android or iOS apps, too.)

Watch out for these different settings you can tweak in order for Chrome 79’s new performance and security enhancements to work. These settings are vague and, in some cases, completely buried, so it’s worth spending a few minutes to check and make sure you’re set up to take advantage of Chrome 79’s latest tweaks.

How to enable Password Leak Detection on chrome 79

This feature, previously an extension, then a website, now runs a quick check whenever you type a new login into Chrome. Assuming you’re signed in to your Chrome account first, look for the “Warn you if passwords are exposed in a data breach” option in the Sync and Google services section of Chrome’s settings. If you don’t see it there, it’s possible you don’t have it yet; Google is rolling this feature out because that’s how Google does things.

  1. Open chrome
  2. Open a new tab
  3. Type in chrome://flags in the address bar exactly
  4. Search for “password leak,” in the search bar on the chrome flags page
  5. Click on the button that says “Default” and click on enable
  6. Restart your browser.

You should then see this setting appear in the aforementioned “Sync and Google services” section of your settings.