Google Chrome browser users can rest easy surfing the web. Chrome browser, one of the safest internet browsers in the industry, just got even more secure as Google has disabled all non-Chrome Web Store extensions. According to Google“Malware can change how browsers work by silently installing extensions on your machine that do things like inject ads or track your browsing activity. If you notice strange ads, broken web pages or sluggish browsing after installing some new software or plugins, you could be affected.
From now on, to protect Windows users from this kind of attack, extensions can be installed only if they’re hosted on the Chrome Web Store. With this change, extensions that were previously installed may be automatically disabled and cannot be re-enabled or re-installed until they’re hosted in the Chrome Web Store.”
What does this mean for users? Put simply, any browser extensions not available via Google’s store will be rendered inactive moving forward. While some useful extensions, like McAfee SiteAdvisor, are no longer operational, the overall increase in security is a pleasant improvement.
How has this change affected your use of Chrome browser? Did you notice any difference at all? Sound off in the comments below!