Google stores your old passwords in case you forget

first_imgHopefully you’ve stopped using the same password on every website that asks you to create an account. In the wake of the Sony hackfest of 2011, better password practices have become imperative — it’s the difference between having one account hacked and having your identity stolen and being royally screwed across the entire Internet.But remembering all those passwords can be a big pain, especially if you’re changing them on a somewhat regular basis (which you should — that’s an important part of keeping yourself secure, too). Google apparently knows that, and they’ve got an interesting system set up to help users out.Google actually keeps your previous password stored on their servers (or a hash of it anyway). Why? So that they can recognize when you’re fruitlessly trying to log in with the password you used to use to sign in every day. If you’ve changed your password and happen to type your old one in by mistake, Google will offer up the tip you see above. It’s also linked to a help document that explains what’s going on and reminds you that you can step through the password recovery process if you’ve already forgotten your updated code.This might be a good time to remind you about Google’s two-factor authentication option. It’s worth setting up because it makes breaking into an account a whole lot more difficult — and because it could ensure that you’re not seeing this message because someone else figured out your old password and promptly went to the settings page and changed it to lock you out and kick the identity theft process into high gear.More at Google OSlast_img read more