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Google releases new Password Alert Chrome extension to help keep your account safe
In an effort to help keep your account safe, Google today launched Password Alert, a new Chrome extension that will give you a warning if you type your Google password into a website that isn’t a Google sign-in page. Not only does this extension protect you from phishing attacks, it also encourages you to use different passwords for different websites.
As for consumer accounts, Chrome remembers a scrambled version of your password, and obviously won’t share it with anyone else. If you enter a password into a non-Google account, you’ll be prompted with a webpage like the one attached above, asking you if you’d like to reset your password or ignore for the time being. Google explains:
Password Alert is also available to Google for Work customers, including Google Apps and Drive for Work. Your administrator can install Password Alert for everyone in the domains they manage, and receive alerts when Password Alert detects a possible problem. This can help spot malicious attackers trying to break into employee accounts and also reduce password reuse.
Combining the new Password Alert extension with other security features like 2-Step Verification and Security Key, Google is certainly doing it’s part to help you keep your Google account safe from attackers. If you’re interested in downloading Password Alert, head on over to the Chrome Web Store.