Last week Google announced a new extension for their web browser Chrome. Entitled Password Alert, it’s a cleaver extension that alerts users when they are entering their Google password on a non-Google site, helping to protect their account from Phishing attacks (an attempt to gain sensitive information from an individual in a digital communication). The application also stops people using their Google password as a password on other, non-Google sites. Webroot, one of our security partners, recently revealed in one of their threat briefs that Google is the number one target for phishing targets. It’s certainly a smart move by Google to help shore up their defences to help protect users of Chrome.

If people have faith that Chrome is a secure way to surf the internet then it’s likely that its browser dominance will continue; it currently holds 51% usage share. Its next closest competitors, Internet Explorer and Safari, hold around 13% each. It certainly seems that Google have once again stayed one step ahead of the competition. It will be interesting to see if this sort of security extension is adopted by the other browsers.

At the moment, our world seems to be awash with passwords. Passwords for work, passwords for e-mail, passwords for shopping, passwords for the bank. They are all supposed to be different, they are all supposed to be memorised and we are told never to write them down. But there are some simple tricks you can use to make your passwords more secure and easier to remember.

  • The longer the password the better. Rather than using one long word, try a short, memorable phrase like thedogisbrown.
  • Next try to replace some letters with numbers. For example you could use thed0gisbr0wn, where o’s are replaced with 0’s.
  • Next in your phrase you can capitalise the first letter of each word. TheD0gIsBr0wn is a very strong password while not being impossible to remember.
  • If you really want to make a password hard to crack, try adding a symbol such as a * or a !.

There are also various password sites that can store your passwords for you. Of course, these are then reliant on the password you use to access the site not being stolen!

If you are concerned about your businesses IT security, Riverbank has a range of IT security services to choose from, to help provide the right protection for your business. Get in contact today and start making your business secure.