New Google Chrome Extension Won’t Allow You To Reuse Your Passwords
Google is rolling out Password Alert, a new Chrome extension to alarm users whenever they are reusing a Google password on a non-Google site.
According to TechCrunch, Google’s Director of Security for Google Apps for Work Eran Feigenbaum revealed that a similar tool has remained in use in Google way before the launch of Password Alert.
Feigenbaum explained the chief motive behind the newly introduced extension is to protect users from phishing attacks. These attacks are launched to steal the passwords of users. Sometime even Googlers, Feigenbaum said, are deceived by false Google log-in page.
Aside from phishing attacks, the extension is also meant to prevent repetitive usage of same passwords as the practice increases vulnerability to hackers. And if, from a certain unsecured site, hackers steal a user’s password, all his web accounts where he uses that particular password, can be in danger.
Google’s security key promises enough protection from the phishing attacks. Password Alert, however, does both – it protects users from phishing attacks and checks recycling of the security keys as well.
The tool can come very handy for Google for Work admins. By setting up the tool, they will be in position of monitoring their users’ login activity. It’s important to mention that they won’t have any information about what passwords are being used. They will just receive an alert whenever any of their users becomes victim of a phishing attack. As a result, they will tell that particular user to change his passwords.
All users with Google accounts can use this feature. Meaning, there is no need for Google Apps for Work account.