Google Banning Chrome Extensions Not Found in Official Web Store
Google has taken steps to protect users from accidentally installing malicious Chrome extensions. Such bad plugins from third-party sources can potentially install viruses, malware, and worms in your system, hampering performance and more.
Google has now made it so that all extensions for the Chrome browser have to be installed from the company’s official Web Store. As a secondary step, all Chrome extensions not found in the Store have been blocked by Google.
This isn’t the first time that Google has changed its policy around extensions. Last year, it made it mandatory for all Chrome extensions for Windows be hosted in its store. The change was welcomed and according to reports, there was a 75 percent drop in requests from users asking how to uninstall unwanted extensions.
Google is now shifting gears around the same policy. From this week onwards, all extensions for Windows will have to be hosted in the Store, while the OS X will see to the same rules in July.
Extensions submitted to the Store are automatically analyzed by Google for malicious behavior. They are published only when given the green light. Some are held for manual review, while those who don’t make the cut are banned. Aside from malicious activity, extensions interfering with advertisements are promoting spam are also banned.
via PC World