Urgent warning to millions of Google Chrome users – you are in danger

EXPERTS have warned that half of Chrome extensions pose a security risk.

Extensions are tools you can download to improve your internet experience, but some have been found over the years with viruses and other worrisome bugs.

Chrome extensions can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store


Chrome extensions can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store

A group of researchers analyzed more than 1,200 Google Chrome browser extensions to find out what they’re up to under the hood and made some startling discoveries.

“Our research shows that 1 in 2 Chrome extensions are poised to destroy your digital privacy and security,” claims Incogni.

Their investigation also revealed that four Chrome extensions are also collecting data.

They warned that some of them have access to “virtually everything” you do while surfing the web, including every key you press.

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“If an extension like this becomes malicious or compromised, an attacker could spy on your every move and steal your login and payment details from every website you visit,” the experts warn.

“These are the extensions with the highest risk impact.”

However, high risk doesn’t necessarily mean that the creators of the expansion are doing something bad.

Some are made by companies with a good track record of protecting user data. Although the access they have is high risk, they carry a low risk of being used with malicious intent.

On the other hand, the experts say that some “fly-by-night” developers have questionable backgrounds but don’t ask for suspicious permissions, making them high risk but low risk of actually doing something bad .

“Some extensions really can’t work without certain permissions, even scary ones like reading the clipboard and browsing data,” continues Incogni.

“That’s why it’s important to only use extensions from trusted developers.

“A trusted developer is one with a history of trouble-free software development and high user ratings.

“However, finding trusted developers is neither easy nor foolproof.

“A previously great developer can become a bad actor, reviews can be bought or faked, and extensions can be compromised through no fault of the developer.

“Double expansions also complicate things.

“You may think you are installing a tried and trusted extension when in fact it is a malicious fake.

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“These are easy to fall for if you’re not very careful about matching the extension and developer names closely.”

They found that shopping extensions collect the most data and also have the highest average risk impact by category.

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