Google develops new defence against phishing

The Password Alert extension for Chrome warns when someone enters their password on a non-Google site

Google has developed a new extension for its Chrome browser that aims to stop people from falling prey to phishing sites.

The free Password Alert extension stores an encrypted version of a person's password and warns if it is typed into a site that isn't a Google sign-in page, according to a blog post on Wednesday. It will then prompt a person to change their password.

Although security companies collaborate to detect and blacklist phishing sites, such attacks are commonly used by hackers to capture valuable sign-in details. Phishing sites may only be active for a short time before they're blacklisted, but it's still a window of risk.

It can be very difficult for people to discern phishing sites, as attackers will replicate what appears to be a legitimate access control panel down to the pixel. Users may also have trouble recognizing domain names that are very similar to the legitimate service.

Password Alert mandates that users have passwords with at least eight characters. Security experts warn against making passwords simple words and instead recommend a combination of upper- and lower-case letters with other characters.

It's also recommended that passwords not be reused, as a breach on another web service could allow access to a different one. Hackers often try to see if stolen credentials will unlock other accounts as well.

Google also recommends people enable two-factor authentication, which involves entering a temporary passcode along with a username and password.

Send news tips and comments to jeremy_kirk@idg.com. Follow me on Twitter: @jeremy_kirk

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Google

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jeremy Kirk

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?