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Google remotely deletes The Great Suspender Chrome extension after malware accusations

Google remotely deletes The Great Suspender Chrome extension after malware accusations

The popular Chrome extension The Great Suspender has been itself suspended from Google's Chrome Web Store. The extension is also being remotely disabled on customer's devices, with a warning that it is "dangerous" and "may contain malware." Reportedly, this is because of some sketchy changes that happened when the extension traded hands last year, including tracking code discovered in the extension.

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Apple's iCloud Passwords extension arrives on the Chrome Web Store, but it's not working yet

Apple's iCloud Passwords extension arrives on the Chrome Web Store, but it's not working yet

No matter how hard companies pitch the benefits of being in their ecosystem, more often than not, consumers end up buying products from different brands that render some ecosystem-exclusive features useless. In an attempt to make iCloud Keychain accessible to those with Windows PCs, Apple has released a Chrome extension. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work at the time of writing.

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Google adds new privacy protections for Chrome extensions

Google adds new privacy protections for Chrome extensions

It finally seems like people are becoming more aware about the importance of privacy online. Google has been working to improve its public image when it comes to user data privacy recently, including setting new privacy standards for Chrome extensions last year. Now the company is announcing an update to its developer policy that limits what developers of extensions can do with user data, as well as provides increased transparency regarding data-use practices.

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Google preparing to end support for paid Chrome extensions

Google preparing to end support for paid Chrome extensions

While many extensions are great for enhancing your browsing experience, they can be a tacky business for people who aren't at least somewhat familiar with the inner workings of browsers. Google noticed an influx of fraudulent paid extensions in January this year, and the situation only got worse when lockdowns first started and some people tried spreading misinformation or profiting off the pandemic through any channel they could find. With that in mind, Google has now decided to scrap paid extensions altogether.

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Google delays death of Chrome Web Store apps on all platforms

Google delays death of Chrome Web Store apps on all platforms

Chrome Web Store apps have been flailing for a while now. Google announced in 2016 that these Chrome Apps would be phased out by 2018 — that obviously didn't happen. Earlier in the year, Google committed to a timeline to slowly end support for them, but the company has just released a revised schedule that extends end-of-life dates on all platforms due to "feedback from customers and partners."

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Google's new Chrome extension lets you link to any text on a page

Google's new Chrome extension lets you link to any text on a page

The internet would be nothing without links. They let us share everything from videos, to images, to articles. But what if you wanted to share a specific section of an article, or maybe highlight a sentence you found particularly impactful? Until now, that's been relatively difficult. A new Chrome browser extension called Link to Text Fragment promises to make the process much more seamless.

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Chrome Web Store cracks down on spam extensions and review manipulation

Chrome Web Store cracks down on spam extensions and review manipulation

The Chrome Web Store is still something of a wild west — seemingly every month, there's a story about some popular extension stealing user data or doing something else it's not supposed to do. Google has already made several policy changes lately, and its next target is spammy extensions.

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Google blocks updates to paid Chrome extensions, auto-suspends developer accounts while it investigates payment abuse

Google blocks updates to paid Chrome extensions, auto-suspends developer accounts while it investigates payment abuse

The Chrome Web Store is undergoing a transformation, as Google seeks to phase out Chrome apps entirely. Extensions are still sticking around, but now the company has placed a ban on paid extensions, leaving some developers frustrated.

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Google Drive apps and add-ons moving from Chrome Web Store to G Suite Marketplace

Google Drive apps and add-ons moving from Chrome Web Store to G Suite Marketplace

Apps for Google Drive and add-ons for Google Docs app suite are getting a new home. Formerly found in the Chrome Web Store, they'll soon be available from the G Suite Marketplace, a thing you probably didn't know existed until now.

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Google is trying to make Chrome extensions safer

Google is trying to make Chrome extensions safer

As Uncle Ben said, "With great power comes great responsibility." Browser extensions can be incredibly powerful tools, but many of them demand full access to all web pages. Stories about popular extensions stealing user data or running cryptocurrency miners have become all too common. Google today announced a series of upcoming changes to Chrome extensions, some which aim to make them more trustworthy.

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