There’s been this bad habit by websites trying to get you install their extension on your Chrome browser. It is a bad habit in the sense that most of these extensions pose a privacy and security threat.
Well, today Google made a big announcement on that front, making it mandatory for all Chrome extensions to be exclusively installed from the Chrome Web Store. This move has been hailed as timely and necessary to shield users from sites that try to dupe them into installing their extensions.
Even developers who have published apps on the Chrome Web Store used deceptive means to initiate app and extension installs from their own sites. Google has also shut down that feature as well.
Going forward inline installations (a developer using crafty means to get you install their app or extension) will be unavailable to all the newly published extensions. If a developer using the call for install on their site, visitors will be automatically redirected to the Chrome Web store to complete the installation.
Google plans to shut down all inline installs by September 12, 2018. Any extension on the Chrome browser will …read more