Google Adds a Powerful Security Extension on Chrome
Recent times have seen an increased number of security breaches, hacking and discrepancies in online transactions. Giving security the utmost priority for its users, Google relentlessly worked for 3 years to create an addition to their security measures. The search engine giant has announced a free extension called ‘Password Alert’ for its Chrome web browser. The addition is to help protect Google accounts against online attackers trying to steal passwords and other personal information.
‘Password Alert’ checks the HTML of any page you visit and checks if it’s impersonating a Google sign-in page. In simpler terms a Google sign-in page will ask you to enter your user ID and password except the fact it is not an actual Google sign-in page, but one that just looks like it. It’s what’s called a ‘phishing’ page, a site run by hackers trying to receive and steal your passwords. The extension protects users from phishing attacks and also encourages use of different passwords for different sites.
Drew Hintz, creator of Password Alert said “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.”
According to Google, millions of phishing emails and websites are sent every day. Nearly 2 percent of messages sent through Gmail are designed to steal passwords.
To check out the new extension, you can click here.