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XDA Basics: How to remove Chrome extensions

Most modern browsers, including Google Chrome, support extensions. These extensions add additional features to the browser or provide quick access to services. Installing too many extensions, however, can add bloat to the browser and make it slow. Chrome is already known for taking up a significant amount of system resources, so you wouldn’t want the...

These are the Best Chrome Extensions: Buster, MightyText, Inssist, and more!

It's hard to deny that Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers used by a majority of people across the world, regardless of the platform. It comes pre-installed on all Android smartphones and Chromebooks, and has also become the browser of choice for a lot of people on Windows computers, because it...

Google just booted The Great Suspender off the Chrome Web Store for being malware

People love to joke about Google Chrome eating a lot of RAM, but there's definitely some truth to it, especially if you're a tab hoarder. Currently, I have about 40 tabs open and 20 extensions installed, and Windows Task Manager reports that Chrome is using almost 3GB of RAM. I have plenty of RAM in...

iCloud Passwords by Apple is a Chrome extension that lets you use passwords from your iCloud Keychain

Apple is making it easy for users to access their iCloud Keychain passwords on non-Apple devices with a new Chrome extension. The extension, called iCloud Passwords, is now available on the Chrome Web Store, and it will let you easily access all your saved passwords on Windows devices. The iCloud Passwords extension lets you use the...

Google will make it easier to choose what websites a Chrome extension can access

In an attempt to bolster extension security, Google recently made some changes to the data collection policies for Chrome extensions. Thanks to the new policies, the Chrome Web Store will soon limit what extension developers can do with the data they collect. Google will also require developers to certify their data use practices and display...

Google makes changes to data collection policies for Chrome extensions

Last year, as part of Google’s Project Strobe, the company introduced new policies that required Chrome extensions to request only the permissions needed to implement their features. Google is now beefing up extension security even more, with new rules that require Chrome extension developers to disclose data collection policies. Beginning January 2021, extensions in the Chrome...

Kiwi Browser adds experimental support for Opera desktop extensions

While there are a variety of Chromium-based browsers on the Google Play Store, XDA Senior Member arnaud42's Kiwi Browser is in a league of its own. It was one of the first Chromium-based browsers for Android that offered support for Chrome extensions, and it packs in a ton of additional features that you won't find...

[Update: Native Integration] Google releases new Chrome extension for linking directly to specific text on a page

It's not often that Google releases its own new Chrome extensions, but today it did just that (via The Verge). The company's latest extension is called "Link to Text Fragment" and it allows you to link to a specific section of text on a webpage. Rather than linking to an entire article, you can share...

[Update: Permanent] Google is temporarily suspending paid Chrome extensions

Following a series of fraudulent transactions, Google is temporarily suspending paid Chrome extensions from the Google Chrome extension store (via 9to5Google). Developers that have already published paid extensions, subscriptions, or in-app purchases and had their listing removed for "Spam and placement in the store" can apply to be reinstated. Earlier this month the Chrome Web Store...

Google removes 70 malicious Chrome extensions that tracked user data and browsing history

One of the best things about the Google Chrome browser is the wide variety of extensions at your disposal. These extensions can go a long way in making your web browsing experience better. However, as we've seen in the past, extensions can be malicious, especially if they're given broad access to monitor your activity on...

[Update 2: Join extension approved] The PushBullet and Join Chrome extensions are in danger of being removed due to vague privacy violations

In a bid to ensure that the Chrome Web Store doesn't host any malicious Chrome extensions, Google routinely updates the platform's privacy policies. Back in October 2018, the company announced one such update which was aimed at making extensions more secure. As part of the update, Google introduced new user controls for host permissions, made...

Google’s new privacy policies are aimed at keeping spam off the Chrome Web Store

In order to ensure that the Chrome Web Store is free from abuse, Google has an abuse system and a review team set in place that constantly monitors new extensions submitted to the platform. However, despite the company's efforts, a few developers still manage to publish malicious extensions to exploit Google Chrome users. To address...