Why you should avoid most Chrome extensions !

Why this 3 extentions have full access to my Netflix account… ??

Extensions can access everything !

Why do Chrome extensions have full access to my data?

To install this extension you have to give permission to access your clipboard, and all your data on the websites you visit.
To the bottom, the information is read and stored by the extension. This information is only a declaration from the publisher. You have to trust him 🙏🤐 — Look at the “Keystroke logging”, → the publisher can record your keyboard even when you are typing your password.
Here are some extensions that ask you the permission to access to every website you visit…

How to recognize safe extensions ?

Here are 4 safe extentions, because they ask only what they really need

Weet case

Zoom case

  • zoom.com, like Weet the extensions need to communicate with the publisher website. ✅
  • calendar.google.com, this extension wants to schedule zoom meeting, so it’s normal for Zoom to request access to your calendar ✅
  • www.google.com and www.gstatic.com, I suppose Zoom sends some statistics to Google 🤩 but it stills safe. ✅

Screencastify and Giphy

How can I manage that?

How to restrict extension access to my data on chrome
Deactivate an extension in incognito mode (This is the default option) 🙈

Conclusion

  • If I want to develop a video downloader extension : I would like to access to the video on a webpage. But for that I have to ask the Google Chrome Store access to the full content😦. @Google Developers an authorization, to access video only, can be a good idea?
  • If I want to develop a spellchecker: I would like to access only the editable content of a webpage. Also for that I have to ask the Google Chrome Store for access to the full content 🤯. @Google Developers an authorization, to access to editable content only, can be a good idea?

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Hi, I’m Jeremy Rouet. I’m CTO / cofounder at https://weet.co and https://speach.me. I love imagining new features / concepts.

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Jeremy Rouet

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Hi, I’m Jeremy Rouet. I’m CTO / cofounder at https://weet.co and https://speach.me. I love imagining new features / concepts.

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