Google released a new risk evaluation tool for Chrome addons
Google has released a new risk assessment tool for Chrome addons. This tool is intended to assist users in making educated decisions about which browser extensions to install by giving information about the possible dangers connected with each addition.
The new Extension Risk Assessment tool will be available to users who have opted into Google’s Advanced Protection Programme (APP). The app is intended for high-risk users, such as journalists, activists, and political campaign workers.
Users will be able to obtain a summary of the rights sought by an extension, as well as any possible dangers connected with those permissions, using the Extension Risk Assessment tool. For instance, if an extension seeks access to a user’s browser history, the tool will flag it as a possible concern.
The programme will give users with recommendations for safer options in addition to providing information about potential concerns. For example, if a user is considering installing a high-risk extension, the tool may recommend a comparable extension with a lower risk rating.
The Extension Risk Assessment tool is part of Google’s continuous work to secure the Chrome browser and its ecosystem of extensions. Google has taken efforts in recent years to combat harmful extensions, including eliminating extensions that violate its standards and instituting more strict review processes for new extensions.
Google stated, “We believe that everyone should be able to use the web safely, and the Extension Risk Assessment tool is one way we’re working to make that a reality.”
The Extension Risk Assessment tool is an important addition to Google’s Chrome security package. Users will be better positioned to make educated decisions about their online security if additional information about the possible hazards connected with extensions is provided.
Author: Priyanka Priyadarshini Dwibedy