Google to prevent ‘malicious’ Chrome extensions

Google has imposed restrictions on where people can get extensions for its Chrome browser. Google will now only allow extensions hosted in its online store to be added to Chrome.

Extensions are a popular way for people to add extras to their browser that lets them, for instance, grab video clips, play games, use popular programs, send tweets or add utilities. However, extensions acquired from other sources are often unchecked, and can often be the starting point for malware campaign.

Google have announced that older extensions added outside the store will be disabled, but there has been no timeframe given for when this will happen.

Google’s policy shift was first announced in November 2013 but Google delayed enforcing it to give developers and software firms a chance to get their extensions through its approval process and on the store.