Google today announced software designed to prevent phishing attacks used by hackers which are often design to gain access to your password. To keep your account safe Google has launched Password Alert, a free, open-source Chrome extension that protects Google accounts and Google Apps for Work accounts.

phishing_caughtOnce installed, the extension will show you a warning if you type your Google password into a site that is not considered a Google sign-in page. This protects you from phishing attacks and also encourages you to use different passwords for multiple sites. The underlying message is for users to update and use different passwords for different sites. Too many people have used the same password across every site they utilize. Google hopes to encourage consumers to help prevent that.

Approximately 45 percent of hackers gain access to your password through bogus sites pretending to be websites that are used every day. Astonishingly, 2 percent of the phishing attacks are attempted while appearing to be Google mail. If you attempt to sign in to a bogus site, and the software detects the attempt, you will be notified by a message which appears on the screen.

Google’s working to constantly improve their Safe Browsing technology, which protects more than 1 billion people on Chrome, Safari, and Firefox from phishing and other methods of cyber-attacks.


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