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Google launches the Password Alert Chrome Extension

by onJune 3, 2015
 

On Wednesday, Google announced a free extension for its Chrome web browser that can better protect Google accounts, including emails from the online hackers continuously trying to steal your passwords and other personal information.

The newly launched extension is known as “Password Alert” that can be downloaded on Google Chrome. It warns the users to enter account information on “Phishing” pages, or any imitation sites that are designed to steal passwords and access personal information, such as emails, personal data or even online bank accounts.

The new extension that took about three years to create is an addition to Google’s other security measures, including safe browsing technology that warns users against potentially malicious sites and verification tools that help by protecting private accounts. This security alert will tell you that you are at a risk of being phished so that you can update your password and protect yourself.

“Right now, it’s left up to the user to decide whether or not to enter their password.”

 

“We expect users to know the difference between these sites, and that’s an unreasonable request to make of users.” Said Google’s Drew Hintz, the lead engineer for Password Alert.

The Google’s Director of Security for Google apps told that the company has been using a very similar security tool internally for a few years now. Millions of phishing emails and websites are sent everyday, Google Said.

Nearly 2 percent of messages sent through Gmail, Googl’e email service, are designed to steal passwords. Even Googlers, Feigenbaum said, regularly fall of phishing attacks that pretend to show them a Google log-in page that is meant to steal their passwords. Google is also open-sourcing this security tool, in order to enable the developers to bring it to other browsers.

To get started with Password Alert, visit the Chrome Web Store or the FAQ.

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