Protect Your Google or Gmail Account from Phishing Scams with Password Alert
May 17, 2015
Password Alert is a Google Chrome extension that helps protect you against phishing attacks. This tool helps by alerting you when your Google username and password are entered on a website other than Google’s website: "account.google.com". The alert allows you to change your password just in case a cyber-criminal was able to gain access to it and your username, and is attempting to sign into and hijack your account.
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The Google’s Password Alert will also help protect you from fake sign-in or phishing pages, by checking the sign-in page’s authenticity and alerting you, before you enter your username and password on the fake page. This will help prevent you from changing your password every time you are tricked into visiting a fake web page and ask to sign-in.
Remember, legitimate websites (like Amazon, CNN and others) that you may have allowed to use your Google account, will cause Password Alert to send alerts to you.in cases like these, you may ignore the alerts.
Google or Gmail Password Alert
What is Phishing?
Phishing is a technique used by cyber-criminals to trick online users into signing into a fake web page. Once online users enter their usernames and passwords on a fake web page, thinking they are on legitimate web page, all that information will be sent to the cyber-criminals who have created the phishing scam. They will then use their victims' sign-in information or credentials to hijack their accounts.
Although we recommend using the Google Password Alert, do not solely rely on it to protect your Gmail or Google account.use common sense and do not intentionally expose your password to phishing scams because you are using Google Password Alert.
Google Password Alert is just another tool to help protect you against cyber-criminals who are continuously finding new ways of stealing internet users' online credentials, which they will use to gain access to their online accounts and use them to commit cybercrimes.
Google Password Alert Frequently Asked Questions
When will Password Alert take effect?
Password Alert will initialize itself the next time you enter your password into accounts.google.com.
Does Password Alert store my password or keystrokes?
No. Password Alert doesn’t store your password or keystrokes -- instead, it stores a secure thumbnail of your password, which it compares against a thumbnail of your most recent keystrokes within Chrome.
Where does Password Alert send data?
If you are using Password Alert in a Google Account, Password Alert does not send any data from your local computer. If your Google for Work administrator chooses to deploy Password Alert across your domain, the administrator will receive alerts when Password Alert triggers.
What are Password Alert limits?
Where can I find more details?
Click here to visit the full FAQ, or you can click here to see the entire open-source codebase.
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