McAfee has revealed that 5 extensions to Google Chrome can steal users’ data.
These extensions have been downloaded more than 14,00,000 times so far.
Users are now being advised to uninstall these extensions.
New Delhi. In its latest report, McAfee has revealed that 5 extensions of Google Chrome can steal users’ data. According to the report, these extensions are infected with malware and whenever a user visits an e-commerce platform, it appears in the form of cookies. The worrying thing is that the total download count of these extensions is over 14,00,000.
Google Chrome users are now being advised to uninstall these extensions immediately if they have added these extensions to Chrome on their laptops. These extensions include extensions such as Netflix Party and AutoBuy Flash Sales.
Which are the infected Google Chrome extensions?
The McAfee report lists five Google Chrome extensions that are unsafe to use. These are – Netflix Party (netflixparty1.com), Netflix Party, Flipshop – Price Tracker Extension, Full Page Screenshot Capture – Screenshot, and Autobuy Flash Sales.
What harm do these extensions cause?
The McAfee report states that these extensions are injecting sales tracking code. It has been found to continuously record the browsing habits of the users. They appear in the form of cookies, especially when a user visits an e-commerce site. According to bleepingcomputing.com, these Chrome extensions do their best to steal data as well, making the theft more difficult to detect.
What are the ways to prevent it?
There are some preventive measures you can take to avoid downloading unsafe extensions for Chrome browser. McAfee has advised users to check the extension thoroughly before downloading. For example when installing a browser extension, it asks for multiple permissions. Users need to keep an eye on these requests.
Google checks extensions
Along with this, users are also being advised to avoid installing extensions outside the Chrome Extension Store. The Google Chrome Extensions scans each extension on the store to see if these extensions match Google Developer Program policies. It marks as Untrusted if the extensions are a few months old. If Google labels them Untrusted, it warns users to proceed with caution. However, users still get the option to continue to install.