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.