BILLIONS of Google Chrome users are being warned about a new warning on their screen explaining why certain extensions have been removed.
These security checks were explained in a recent blog post by Oliver Dunk, Developer Relations Engineer for Chrome Extensions.
Release is scheduled for Chrome 117. Google notifies users when an extension they’ve installed is no longer available in the Chrome Web Store.
Specifically, the company will send a warning to users for three reasons:
- The extension was not released by the developer
- The extension was removed for violating store policies
- The item has been marked as malware
“We designed this change to keep the ecosystem safe for users while limiting the likelihood of this affecting real extensions,” wrote Dunk.
He explained that when an issue related to an extension is resolved, the notification that users receive will be deleted.
Notifications are only sent after a developer has been notified of a potential violation and given time to fix the issue.
Google Chrome users can find the feature in the “Privacy & Security” section of their settings.
After opening the menu option, users can click “Review”.
From there they will be taken to their extensions and given the option to remove the extension they received the notification for or hide the warning and leave it installed.
Extensions marked as malware will be installed automatically.
“As previously mentioned, we hope this change will help keep the ecosystem secure without impacting real extensions,” wrote Dunk.
Chrome 117 is scheduled for release in early September.
Be sure to update your browser to ensure you receive security alerts that can protect you from becoming a victim of a malicious cyber attack.