Worried about quantum computer hacking attacks? Google is working to strengthen Chrome

password hacking with quantum computing
password hacking with quantum computing

The quantum computer hacking attacks of future are going to be much faster, frequent and deadlier, compared to the hacking attacks of today. This is because quantum computers work much faster. Google envisages a future, considering the fact that it is investing more of its time and resources in the Google Chrome browser, in which people will be mostly using the browser to not just access the Internet, but do pretty much everything on their laptops and computers, the ChromeOS being the prime example.

So the company thinks that whatever hacking attacks take place in the future through quantum computing mechanisms, they will arrive at our doorsteps through Google Chrome.

To counter such attacks, Google is testing new digital security setups with a few chosen users.

Quantum computing is dramatically going to increase the speed of hacking attempts. They will be able to crack the encryption mechanisms employed nowadays with greater speed.

Quantum computing is going to be faster than we can imagine. This Wired article compares the advent of quantum computing to the Y2K bug that unleashed a wave of fear, even predicting doom. Why is it so? Why will quantum computers be able to carry out deadlier hacking attacks compared to computers of today?

Quantum computing can carry out many more simultaneous calculations than current computers. Our current computers work on the concept of binary bits. The switches on your motherboard can be either in the 0 state or 1 state.

In quantum computers, instead of bits, they have “qubits” and these qubits can be in multiple states at the same time. Confused?

Here is a nice video I found on YouTube that explains in simple language what exactly is quantum computing:

Why security experts are worried about quantum computing hacking is that the passwords that contemporary computers may take millions of years to crack can be cracked within minutes using quantum computing. This is something Google wants to prepare for in advance.

Although Google, through building the safeguards within its Chrome browser, is preparing for the future, can quantum computing be used to crack open current encryptions? Although it is possible there aren’t many quantum computers in the world to cause trouble. For example, IBM has just five quantum computers.

Google Chrome is being future-proofed for such quantum computing hacking attacks that may occur in a few years and hopefully by then, people at Google wish, more people will be using the ChromeOS.

About Amrit Hallan
Amrit Hallan is the founder of TechBakBak.com. He writes about technology not because "he loves to write about technology", he actually believes that it makes the world a better place. On Twitter you can follow him at @amrithallan

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