The developers of modern mainstream browsers constantly work to improve the security of their products. With every release, they add new protection capabilities to make you safer on the Internet. Recently, Microsoft introduced improved password management, and Google Chrome started rolling out an updated Enhanced Safe Browsing feature to all Chrome 91 users.
A new version of Enhanced Safe Browsing in Google Chrome will make sure you think twice before installing extensions from untrusted developers, even if you install them from Chrome Web Store. Extensions for browsers are the least secure part of the browser, so Google and other companies try their best to place as many safeguards as possible.
With Chrome 91, users will receive a security message when they try to install an extension from an untrusted developer. A developer is considered distrustful if they don't follow the Chrome Web Store Developer Program Policies; it does not mean that the extension is harmful or malicious.
It is important to note that users will remain free to install extensions from developers that do not meet the Chrome Web Store Developer Program Policies. According to the company, currently, 75% of all extensions in the Chrome Web Store considered trusted.
In addition to improved extensions security, Enhanced Safe Browsing will make downloads in Google Chrome safer. If the browser marks the downloaded file unsafe, users will have an option to upload the file for a more in-depth scanning. Chrome will sens that file to Google Safe Browsing servers for real-time static and dynamic analysis, where it will be removed after a short period.
As usual, users have the freedom to bypass any security warnings.
New improvements to Enhanced Safe Browsing are part of the recently released Chrome 91. Google says their efforts to improve security in Chrome have helped reduce fishing by 35% compared to users without Enhanced Safe Browsing enabled. You can read more about all the security changes in the official Google Security Blog.
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2 thoughts on “Chrome will now warn you about untrusted extensions”
Ironic as I removed Chrome a long time ago when it started “automatically removing” extensions google didn’t want me to have.
This seems to be on by default in Chrome Version 92.0.4515.40 (Official Build) beta (64-bit), which I like.