Keep your passwords exclusive with Password Alert
Hello everyone. We continue our series of tips on keeping your account safe.
Now, everyone knows that they shouldn't use 'password' as their password because it's too easy to guess. Luckily most online services you sign up for will do their best to help you to pick a much stronger password like ‘K@ttyP3rry4eva.’ Unique and hard to crack, right? And once you've gone to the effort to memorise such an awesome password, you'll be tempted to reuse it for all your accounts. But if you input that password on a phishing page, an attacker could use it to access not only one account but your other accounts as well.
To help keep your Google accounts safe, we’ve released Password Alert, a free, open-source Chrome extension that protects your Google and Google Apps for Work Accounts. Once installed, Password Alert will show you a warning if you type your Google password into a site that isn’t a Google sign-in page. This protects you from phishing attacks and also encourages you to use different passwords for different sites, which is a great security practice.
It works by remembering a ‘scrambled’ version of your Google Account password. It only remembers this information for security purposes and doesn’t share it with anyone. If you type your password into a site that isn't a Google sign-in page, Password Alert will show you a notice like the one above. You can then decide to reset your password or carry on to the site (it’s advisable to reset the password). For administrators, it will help notify you if malicious attackers are trying to break into employee accounts and also help reduce password reuse. Visit the Chrome Web Store to download the extension for free.
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