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Google To Scan Chrome Add-ons For Malware Before Publishing

Installing applications and extensions from the Google Chrome Web Store is about to get a whole lot safer.

New extensions added to Google’s online store will be automatically scanned for malware before they appear for installation, the search giant has announced.

While a similar scanning service takes place on Android apps added to the Google Play store the Chrome Store has, until now, lacked such a feature.

Extensions and apps are able to track what websites you visit, the data you enter on them, and more.

Before an add-on can be installed in Chrome the user is presented with a list of permissions it seeks, though quite how many people pay attention to it before hitting the ‘Add’ button is unknown.

So any additional layers of security Chrome can put between rogue intentions and naive users, the better.

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Chrome Permissions Prompt