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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...

Firefox Preview adds support for addons/extensions in the latest Nightly

Mozilla released an early version of its new browser for Android back in June last year. The new browser, called Firefox Preview, is built on top of Firefox's mobile browser engine GeckoView and it's meant to replace the older Firefox browser on the platform. Back in October last year, Mozilla announced that it was working...

Google’s Manifest V3 will change how ad blocking Chrome extensions work: Is it to cripple them, or is it for security?

Google Chrome is the most popular cross-platform web browser available on the market right now, claiming 62.7% of the global browser usage share up until May 2019, with Apple's Safari coming in second at 15.89% and Mozilla's Firefox claiming 5.07%. Because of its lion's share, the smallest of changes that Google Chrome undertakes for its...

Microsoft releases “Web Activities” Chrome extension to sync browsing history with native Timeline

In its April 2018 update for Windows 10, Microsoft changed the behavior of the Task View button on the taskbar. It now allows you to see what apps are currently running on your system (which Task View also did) and the apps and activities used on the device for the last 30 days. Additionally, these...

Google announces Chrome Web Store changes to protect you from malicious extensions

Google is making some changes to better protect Chrome users from malicious extensions. Recently, Google has been working to make Chrome extensions safer. They no longer allow users to install extensions from outside the Chrome Web Store and they removed extensions that were using cryptocurrency mining scripts. Today, they are announcing even more changes. Currently, extensions...