Google to Shutdown Chrome Extensions Not Installed From the Chrome Web Store

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Shady, third party YouTube downloaders, your run has come to an end (sort of). Google announced today that it will begin shutting down Chrome extensions that were installed outside of the Chrome Web Store (CWS). They also announced that going forward, users can only install extensions that are hosted on the CWS. At this time, this new change seems to only affect Windows users. 

Google noted in a post to the Chrome blog, that malware can be hidden in extensions, allowing the bad guys to do damage to your life while working silently in the background. Dirty extensions could track your browsing activity or inject unwanted ads into your Chrome experience. If you notice oddly placed ads or a sluggish browser, you may have a bad extension installed.

If you are a “developer,” Google will “continue to support local extension installs during development as well as via Enterprise policy.”

To find out more details on this new extension policy, hit up the source link below.

Via:  Chrome Blog



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