Chrome

Google will protect users from cheating by installing unwanted extensions

Back in 2011, Google launched Inline installation as it allows extensions developers to install extensions in users' Chrome browsers directly from their own websites, without having to go through the Chrome Web Store beforehand. As it could not be otherwise, this way has been exploited by attackers to try to sneak unwanted extensions through a series of deceptive practices through the use of websites and advertisements.

According to Google, the consequences of these deceptive practices are the main cause of complaints from Chrome users, and as a solution to protect them from them, Google has announced that starting to disable this is for those extensions that use the aforementioned practices, redirecting users to a product detail page of the extension, which will allow the same users to decide if they finally allow the installation or not according to the information they receive in it.

This solution will be applied as of September 3, where, according to Google, it will affect less than 0.2% of the extensions, assuming a further effort that goes in the direction of having a healthy ecosystem of extensions for users and most of developers.

In this way, users can be sure that they will install only those extensions that they truly want to have installed their versions of Chrome on their computers.