Phishing scams are a serious online threat that can trick you into giving up your passwords and login information to cybercriminals. That's why Google has come up with a way to protect you from online scammers. This new Chrome extension is absolutely free and will warn you before you give away your password.
Phishing scams work by tricking users into voluntarily handing over their information to criminals. They often trick users into clicking on links to malicious websites in an email. Once on the page, you're asked to enter your login information. But, instead of logging you into your account, it sends the information to the scammers.
This is a sample fake phishing page Google posted on its blog.
The Password Alert extension works by warning you if you type your Google account password into a site that doesn't belong to Google. That way, you can reset your password to keep your account secure.
Why is this tool necessary? Because scammers are really good at tricking people. About 2% of all emails sent to Gmail are phishing attacks and the best attacks can be successful up to 45% of the time, according to Google.
The Password Alert extension only works with Google Chrome. To get Password Alert, visit the download page from within your Google Chrome browser window.
Next, click the blue "+ Add to Chrome" button. Then, click "Add" in the pop up. The extension will install automatically and prompt you to log in to your Google account. It will now send you a warning if you try to type your password into any potential phishing websites.