How do you know if a Google Chrome extension is secure?

Google seems to know that the quality and security of many Chrome extensions are not particularly consistent. That’s why the company launched a new system to identify verified add-ons and creators.

extensions Chrom Great. They can help us write better, keep out junk ads, and save money while shopping, among hundreds of other tasks. However, like apps Android at Play Storeextensions in chrome online store It is not always what it seems. Malware is a huge concern, and we definitely don’t want to compromise our privacy and security by trying to download an ad blocker.

The The Google It seems to know that the quality and security of many extensions Chrom Not particularly consistent. That’s why the company launched a new system to identify verified add-ons and creators. As you browse for extensions to download, you’ll start noticing two new badges under Respected Options, both of which indicate different ways the selected extension and/or its publisher have been deemed legitimate.

The “Featured” badge appears as a blue bar icon on certain extensions. according to The Google, The company attributes this badge to extensions that “follow our best technical practices and meet a high level of user experience and design.” What’s interesting about this badge is that it’s a sign that the extension has been manually reviewed by members Chrom, rather than being reviewed by another algorithm or program.

These team members are looking to see if the extension has a robust store page with a clear representation of its functionality; It works well for those who download it; that you are using the latest Chrome APIs; Most importantly, in our opinion, you respect the privacy of your users. although The Google It doesn’t itself have the best reputation when it comes to user privacy, it’s good to see the company at least realize it’s worth making sure the extension doesn’t blatantly steal users’ data.

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When The Google Keep in mind that the publisher has proven to operate within their developer policies and verified their identity with The Google, The company will give them the created Editora badge. So they will see this badge as a check mark next to the publisher’s site. This badge offers another good way for users to trust the extension they want to install, as it means that the . file The Google know who they are.

What else can we do to make sure that the Chrome extension is secure?

Even with these two new badges, you should still use best practices before downloading your browser extensions:

  • Read the full description so you know exactly what you’re downloading and what it promises.
  • Please review all permissions for extension requests. If you think there is no reason to require the extension to access the camera, this will be a big red flag.
  • Please check the developer’s website, which is always noted on the extension store page. If you’re a little suspicious of the site, or if it just doesn’t live up to the promise of the extension you’re considering, trust your instincts and leave it alone.
  • Don’t forget to check out the reviews. If customers have had ambiguous experiences with an add-on, they are likely to report it in the comments. On the other hand, if most of the reviews are very old and you can’t find any recent reviews, you may want to stay away. Make sure that the extensions you download are constantly updated, thus reducing the possibility of them being hacked.
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