Google has just launched a new extension developed for Chrome. Password Alert has only one goal: to help protect your account from hackers.
It's no secret that phishing techniques are very common on the web. If we are to believe the latest figures presented by Google, then nearly 2% of all messages sent to Gmail accounts are designed to trap the user and at the same time steal access to his account.
Huge, right? Certainly, and the worst is yet to come because these phishing campaigns would be quite successful, and they would even succeed in 45% of cases. In other words, almost one in two Internet users would be fooled.
An extension compatible with Chrome and Chromium
Faced with the virulence of these attacks, Google has therefore developed an "open source" extension compatible with Chrome and Chromium, an extension available for both private and professional accounts.
Once installed, Password Alert will remember a scrambled version of your account password, before hiding in a corner of your browser. It will magically reappear when you enter your key on a fake site.
There, you will find yourself facing an alert message that will warn you that your account is compromised, and that will prompt you to reset your password.
For your part, all you have to do is click on the button dedicated to this effect to launch the procedure and change your password in the process.
As indicated above, Password Alert is also compatible with Google for Work accounts (Google Apps and Drive for Work being included in the package). The administrator will be able to deploy the extension to all domain accounts in a few clicks and obtain detailed information on the subject.
If you want to install the extension on your browser, just follow this link . And if you're looking for a good way to protect access to your account, then it might be a good idea to enable two-step authentication.