When Safari flashes a ‘Compromised Password’ warning, pay attention

  • 5 December 2021
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By Glenn Fleishman , Senior Contributor,  Macworld 

Apple pushes password alerts to Safari’s Start Page, which may seem alarming, but it’s legitimate.

I brought up a Start Page in Safari 15 and a banner at the top read “Compromised Password.” I first thought that I must have been redirected to a website that looks like the Safari Start Page. The alert looked just like the kind of phishing technique that would lure someone in to entering the password for a site they weren’t visiting.

But on closer examination and a little research, I realized it was legitimate. I’d never received this kind of alert from Apple in Safari, despite the feature first appearing in operating system releases in the third quarter of 2020.

 

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