Google takes action on Deceptive Installations for Chrome extensions

Google has announced in a new blog post that it will tackle dubious installations for Google Chrome extensions.

Google Chrome still suffers a lot from browser extensions that are offered by cybercriminals as useful browser functionality.

However, many of these browser extensions do not meet Google’s requirements as of July 1 for the use and installation of browser extensions in the Google Chrome Store.

These include unclear or inconspicuous marketing entries, such as fake installation, click to continue ads etc, before the user reaches the extension in the Chrome Web Store.

Another example is misleading interactive elements as part of the distribution flow. These may be buttons that promise something other than the installation of the extension.

extension requirements by google

Browser extension developers must meet the installation requirements as described in the Chrome Developer Center before July 1st, 2019.

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