A couple of years back, Google introduced password breach warning messages. Then, it was bundled with the Password Checkup extension. However, later on, it got added to your Google account. For the unaware, this feature will warn you if your account credentials are at risk in a data breach.
It will then list out all the accounts at risk and give you the appropriate options: either to change the password or delete the associated account.
This is quite a helpful security mechanism incorporated by Google because manually doing the same not only calls for technical expertise but would also require too much effort to execute. So if it is such a valuable asset to the end-user, why would they wish to stop Chrome’s breached password pop-up messages?
Well, the thing with these notifications is that they have become more intrusive and distractive than what would have been along the expected lines. Furthermore, in my case, I am getting these data breach warnings on my dummy Google account that I had created just for testing purposes. None of the accounts associated with that breach is of any security concern from my end.
Furthermore, some users have even taken action by changing all their passwords or altogether deleting them, but they are still being bugged with that pop-up warning.
With that said, a method exists to stop these breached passwords from pop-up messages in Chrome. And in this guide, we will make you aware of that on your PC and smartphone.
Passwords Breach on Computer
Initially, the only way to disable this warning message was through Chrome’s experimental flag, Password Leak Detection. However, that remained only through the testing phase and was then removed.
After that, it made its way over to the Sync and Google Services section. However, it was removed even from there as well. At the time of writing, this option is currently settled under the Privacy and Security section.
Here are the steps to stop chrome passwords from being compromised on PC:
- Launch the Chrome browser on your machine.
- Click on More at the top right and select the Settings menu.
- Switch to the Privacy and Security tab, and click on Security.
- Disable the Warn you if passwords are exposed in a data breach toggle to stop the alert.
While it’s good to see that Google has given the option to disable this functionality, the lack of stability in settling for its final location might prove to be confusing for the end user.
Compromised Password on Android
The option to turn off the password breach notifications is buried deep inside Chrome’s Android build and requires a little bit of digging. We have done the same, so you don’t have to.
Here are the required steps to disable this pop-up warning on your smartphone:
- Launch the Chrome browser on your Android.
- Tap on More situated at the top right and select Settings.
- Open Privacy and Security settings and head over to Safe Browsing.
- Tap on the situated next to Standard Protection.
- Turn off the Warn you if passwords are exposed in a data breach option.
Similar to its Windows counterpart, earlier, you could access this option via the chrome flag. But then, this feature quietly moved over to the Standard Protection section. Again, this might raise some confusion among the end-users regarding the location of this feature.
Bottom Line: Chrome Passwords Compromised
So with this, we conclude the guide on how to stop the Chrome breached passwords from popping up on your computer and Android devices. This is an option to manually check the password breach in Chrome for iOS and iPadOS under the Password settings page. However, it won’t alert or bug you as it does on Android or computers.
While it is indeed a helpful security addition to our Google Account, at the same time, it might not checkmark the requirements for a few users.
As mentioned before, I have created a second Google account just for my blogging-related task, and most of the saved passwords are of those accounts that aren’t of much security concern to me. And it turns out I wasn’t the only one.
One user has also echoed this exact thought process (although on a much larger scale!) on Google Support Forums, and over 600 people have already upvoted his query. So there are quite a few users on the same boat, and they could now safely dock their ship as the query has finally been answered.
This option does not do what you think – it stops checking for new breaches to warn you about.
if you already get the warning, turning this off does not stop it showing up.
Hi! Do you know how to turn it off on iphone? I changed all the passwords already and it’s driving me crazy. thanks.
Hi Eve, please follow these steps to stop the data breach pop-up in Chrome iPhone or iPad:
1. Launch the Chrome browser.
2. Tap on 3 dots for the menu list.
3. Select the Settings from the list.
4. Choose the ‘Sync and Google Services’ tab.
5. Scroll down and toggle off – Warn you if passwords are exposed in a data breach.
This will stop checking for the password breach and eventually won’t bother you. Hope this helps!
I am trying to stop chrome from aging me about password but when I checked y warn you if passwords are exposed is not checked how can I stop this nuisance.
Hello Martha, the option will work going forward, the existing password compromised alert needs to be fixed first.
Hope this works, it’s driving me nuts! It pops up constantly, even when I didn’t enter a password. Also suddenly all my history is gone and I have to login to sites every time and fill in fields that used to autofill. I didn’t change any settings. Surely there’s an easy way to fix this, but I can’t find it.
the problem to security checkup
I understand the concept, but it grabs passwords that are on network islands like my cameras, I have passwords on the because the camera access requires it, I do not need it. I also have other devices on my home LAN, they have a password but I keep it simple as I do not need to worry about them being accessed, but google keeps on insisting that the cameras and IoT devices have been compromised. I wish that they would have some way to turn off this function for blocks of IP addresses. That in my case would clear it up but allow it to work for other things which are critical.