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GitHub on Thursday said it is making available its secret scanning service to all public repositories on the code hosting platform for free.

“Secret scanning alerts notify you directly about leaked secrets in your code,” the company said, adding it’s expected to complete the rollout by the end of January 2023.

Secret scanning is designed to examine repositories for access tokens, private keys, credentials, API keys, and other secrets in over 200 formats that may have been accidentally committed, and generate alerts to prevent their misuse.

The security option was previously limited to repositories owned by organizations that use GitHub Enterprise Cloud and have a GitHub Advanced Security license.

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