Inspiration

We wanted to make a privacy-focused chrome extension that would assist users by providing valuable information regarding the security and privacy of their data. With all the recent news about data breaches, such as with Equifax or Facebook, we thought it would be extremely useful for users to have a tool informing them in real-time about any data breaches associated with the websites they visit.

What it does

Our chrome extension uses a data set of all known data breaches since 2005 provided by Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. It searches for any data breaches or hacks associated with the website that you are currently browsing, and reports this information including the date of the most recent breach and total users affected from all past breaches. You can see if a website has been breached by taking a look at the extension icon in the top right of your browser. A green link indicates that a website has no known breaches, while a broken red link indicates that a website has had known breaches or vulnerabilities in the past. By clicking on the icon, you can see more information and click on the button to learn more about the particular breaches or about data breaches in general.

How we built it

We developed a chrome extension with JavaScript/HTML/CSS. We also used a CSV data set which we modified using a script to include the primary domain associated with each company/organization.

Challenges we ran into

  • Poorly formatted data set (CSV) that we had to modify and clean-up.
  • Learning how to create a chrome extension
  • Time constraints

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Creating a useful and effective extension that we would use every day. We believe that this extension will empower everyday Internet users to make informed decisions by providing necessary information about the privacy and security of their data.

What we learned

We learned how to use the Chrome Extension framework and APIs. We also discovered the alarming amount of websites that we use on a daily basis that have had some type of data breach or hack.

What's next for Breach Tracker

  • Publish on the Chrome Store!
  • Improved statistics/visualization
  • More detailed analysis
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