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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.

chrome extension prompt

Chrome Permissions Prompt

 

  • SchartHaakon

    They didn’t do this before :o?

    • Lou G

      I think this toughens it or they did it on android but not chrome.

  • Devon Grier

    About time Google did this, I am sure though if they are starting to do this someone got a malware infection

  • Lou G

    good on google.

  • Q

    “New extensions added to Google’s online store will be automatically scanned for malware before they appear”

    And what about the already uploaded ones?

    • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

      I would imagine that updates for extensions would be scanned for malware as well. It also doesn’t make sense to scan a new app for malware, and not scan it’s updates as well.

      • Q

        Makes sense. :) Thanks!

  • AJE

    But I thought Chrome and ChromeOS were so secure and you couldn’t get malware and viruses ? So is it secure or not ? I am still having issues installing apps/ext that can access all data and browsing activity. It just appears to be so unsafe. Can these extensions really log everything I type into my browser ? How is this safe ?