By Alex Fitzpatrick
April 29, 2015

By far one of the most common methods hackers use to infiltrate your inbox is what’s called a “phishing attack.” In a phishing attack, an Internet bad guy tricks you into sending him your password by emailing you a link to a trap site disguised as a legitimate login page.

Thankfully, Google just gave all of us what looks like a great new tool to avoid these all-too-common attacks. Called “Password Alert,” the new Google Chrome browser extension alerts you whenever you enter your Google login credentials on a non-Google site, then prompts you to immediately change your password. It also attempts to be a little more proactive by identifying fake login sites before you enter your password at all, though that’s a harder task.

Google Ideas Product Manager Justin Kosslyn detailed the new Password Alert tool to Fortune:

You can download Password Alert for Google Chrome here.

Write to Alex Fitzpatrick at alex.fitzpatrick@time.com.

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