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This article was published on August 7, 2015

Google will stop bad guys tricking you into installing Chrome extensions

Google will stop bad guys tricking you into installing Chrome extensions
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Google Chrome has a handy feature called ‘inline install‘ that makes it easy for you to install extensions directly from developer websites without needing to go to the Web Store.

Unfortunately, it’s being abused by attackers who pay to show advertisements that trick users into installing a shady extension by claiming to be offering a software update.

The company says it’s working to stop the practice by blocking the ability to install without the Web Store for extensions that abuse it.

If Google detects an advertisement trying to install a Chrome extension, it’ll disable inline installs and force them to redirect to the Chrome Web Store first to give more information.

The change will come into play on September 3 and won’t affect most developers… unless you’re trying to trick people into installing your extension.

Protecting users from deceptive inline installation [Chromium Blog]

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