Almost Half of All Chrome Extensions Are Potentially High-Risk
More than half of all Chrome extensions ask users for permissions that could potentially expose personally identifiable information (PII), distribute adware and malware, or even log everything users do online, including accessing passwords and financial data.
Chrome extensions used to aid in writing are the most data-hungry (79.5 percent access at least one type of sensitive data), collect an average of 2.5 data types, and ask for the most permissions. Almost half (48.66 percent) of all Chrome extensions have a High or Very High risk impact due to permissions required at installation, according to Incogni, and over a quarter (27 percent) collect user data. Still, writing isn’t the only risky category – 65 percent of shopping extensions collect user data, and 32 to 35 percent of productivity, search tools, and sports extensions do so.
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