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Continuing protect Chrome users from malicious extensions

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    Continuing protect Chrome users from malicious extensions


    We’re always working to improve Chrome extensions while keeping our users as safe as possible. In May 2014 we announced a new policy to protect Windows users by enforcing that extensions be hosted on the Chrome Web Store. The results were encouraging: we saw a 75% drop in customer support help requests for uninstalling unwanted extensions. Consequently, we will expand the reach of this protection to all Windows and Mac users in the coming months.

    We originally did not enforce this policy on the Windows developer channel in order to allow developers to opt out. Unfortunately, we’ve since observed malicious software forcing users into the developer channel in order to install unwanted off-store extensions. Affected users are left with malicious extensions running on a Chrome channel they did not choose. As such, starting today we will begin enforcing this policy on all Windows channels. Mac will soon follow, with enforcement for all channels beginning in July 2015.

    For developers, we’ll continue to support local extension installs during development as well as installs via Enterprise policy. To provide an integrated install flow from your own website, you can make use of the existing inline installation feature. If you run into problems or think an extension was disabled incorrectly, please reach out to us in our support forums. If you’ve developed an extension not yet in the Chrome Web Store, we encourage you to submit it today.

    The extension platform unlocks powerful features that can help users get the most out of Chrome. However, it is crucial that our users stay safe from the reaches of malicious software developers. Extending this protection is one more step to ensure that users of Chrome can enjoy all the web has to offer without the need to worry as they browse.

    Posted by Jake Leichtling, Extensions Platform Product Manager
    Source: Chromium Blog: Continuing to protect Chrome users from malicious extensions

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    Google tightens control over Chrome, blocks non-Web Store


    Google tightens control over Chrome, blocks non-Web Store extensions

    In a bid to protect people from accidentally installing malware, Google is blocking Windows and Mac users from loading Chrome extensions not hosted on the official Chrome Web Store. The company first introduced this policy for Windows users in May last year, but left it open for people using the developer version of Chrome (a more experimental version of the browser that's updated more frequently) to install extensions from wherever they liked. This, says Google, led to problems, with hackers forcing people to use the developer version of the browser before tricking them into installing malware. "Affected users are left with malicious extensions running on a Chrome channel they did not choose," said extensions manager Jake Leichtling in a blog post.
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    P.S. follow link to Chromium blog too
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    Ok Shawn I didn't see your post.

    When I read about this I thought to myself, I bet that there'll be people complaining about Google restricting there right to use whatever add-on they want in "their" browser, regardless that Google is trying to make the safest browser possible. Just like here in 8 Forums and in 10 Forums people complaining about Microsoft's implementation of UAC... even the geeks that should know better. If I built a browser they would hate me. My idea would be that all .exe .vbs and .bat files would have the last file letter truncated, so the user would have to save the file first, then add the missing letter.. for example .exe would become .ex_.
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    I just stopped using Chrome for one extension on a website I trust and installed Firefox. It's all very well to make it a default to only use approved add-ons but I prefer having the choice. I'm a big fan of UAC, mostly from years of frustrated Windows XP use but it's about the customizable motorcycle option.
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    For me, there is only one add-on I really really really like..... Self Destructing Cookies! Too bad it's only for Firefox, I would like to have it in Chrome and IE also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allison View Post
    It's all very well to make it a default to only use approved add-ons but I prefer having the choice.
    Sorry to bear bad news.


    Firefox to sign AddOns like MaxThon
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    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Allison View Post
    It's all very well to make it a default to only use approved add-ons but I prefer having the choice.
    Sorry to bear bad news.


    Firefox to sign AddOns like MaxThon
    Ice cold! But security must come 1st...
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