April 29, 2021
Google Chrome extension rules

Google Updates its Chrome Extension Rules to Improve both User Privacy and Security

New Google Chrome extension rules help to make user privacy and security a bigger concern, another improvement to the most widely-used web browser…

Search giant Google yesterday announced new improvements to its Chrome extension rules due to a lot of unhappy feedback. Mostly, attributed to how these browser extensions behave. Or, more particularly, how they impact how Chrome behaves:

“…we continue to receive large volumes of complaints from users about unwanted extensions causing their Chrome experience to change unexpectedly — and the majority of these complaints are attributed to confusing or deceptive uses of inline installation on websites.”

Google states in its experience, it’s learned that Chrome extensions installed “in-line” or from other sources than the Chrome Web Store are at the heart of said complaints. 

New Google Chrome Extension Rules Revealed for Improved Privacy and Security

One reason for such a plethora of user complaints arises from the fact that many extension request blanket access to all browsing data. To counteract this, Google will introduce the option to whitelist sites or to deny access. This feature will appear in the upcoming version of the browser, Chrome 70. It likewise includes other privacy updates, as well.

Developers will no longer have the ability to submit extension which obfuscate code, primarily because these are the largest culprits. Google states 70 percent of malicious code and policy-violations employ this type of code. As a result, extension devs have until January 1, 2019 to remove any obfuscated code to make them compliant.

Moreover, Google will institute a more in-depth review process for Chrome extensions which ask users for “powerful permissions.” What’s more, the search engine will more closely monitor extension with code that’s remotely hosted. Also, extension devs will need to add two-step verification on their Chrome Web Store accounts. This change is to provide users with, “stronger security, privacy and performance guarantees.”

Google says half of Chrome users run extensions, which translates into improved privacy and security for millions of people.

Owen E. Richason IV

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