Turns out, Chrome browser extensions carry fairly high risks in a number of areas when it comes to privacy and security…
Chrome extensions help make life a little easier. These third-party software programs perform a number of tasks. And, there are thousands upon thousands available. But not all perform well. What’s more, a large percentage lack key functions.
Google Chrome Browser Extension Security Flaws
Duo Security analyzed 120,000 apps and extensions listed in the Chrome Web Store. The company found 35 percent of these software packets are able to read data on any site their users visit.
That’s not all. Almost 32 percent use third-party libraries which contain known vulnerabilities. Furthermore, 77 percent do not have a support site.
Although Google has taken measures to improve security, it’s still worthwhile to only use extensions offered by reputable developers.