Did you know that 2% of messages sent to Gmail accounts are attempts at tricking you into giving up your Google password? Not only that, but according to Google, 45% of the time, they work! So out of every 100 emails that roll through your Gmail inbox, 2 of them are phishing scams, and 1 of the 2 might get you to give up your password. Think about that for a second. That’s bad. Really bad.
To counteract these phishing attempts, Google created a new Chrome extension called Password Alert. With Password Alert, Google will show you a warning in Chrome when you land on a page that gets you to give up your Google password. The warning looks like the image at the top of this post. Should you give up your password to a known scam site, Google will give you a quick link through Password Alert to go change your password.
To get Password Alert up and running, all you need to do is install it in Chrome, then initialize it by typing in your current Google password.
If you use Chrome as your daily browser, it’s probably worth installing.