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Google’s new Password Alert Comment by Webroot Security Intelligence Director, Grayson Milbourne

April 2015 by Webroot Security Intelligence Director, Grayson Milbourne

Webroot Security Intelligence Director, Grayson Milbourne:

As our recent Threat Brief revealed, Google is by far the #1 target of phishing attacks. Developing a Chrome extension that protects users accessing their Google accounts will certainly help defend against the onslaught of phishing attacks targeting Google. It would be great to see this same technology extended to other browsers and also to protect other major targets of phishing. While each company uses a different login technique, there is something to be learned from what Google has done with respect to protecting customers as they access their accounts.

This is a good time to remind everyone of very simple and effective strategies to keeping online accounts secure. First, make sure your primary email password is different from all other passwords. There is a domino effect if you can break into this account. We all hate remembering different passwords, but this one is a must for proper online security. Next, hard to break passwords are very easy to create, and the key is length. My tip is to think of a phrase that is unique to you. For example, I love cheese and skiing -> !Lovech33s3andsk!!ng*

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