The tech giant, Google has announced plans to ban all browser extensions with obfuscating codes. The company said that this has become necessary in order protect users of the internet when they add any extensions to their browsers.
The company said that this will afford users even more privacy and security in the face of prevailing circumstances.
In recent times, it has been reported that cryptojackers have been exploiting the processing power of internet users by installing malicious codes in websites and browser extensions to enable them use the processors of devices to mine digital currencies.
The release said,
“We’ve recently taken a number of steps toward improved extension security with the launch of out-of-process iframes, the removal of inline installation, and significant advancements in our ability to detect and block malicious extensions using machine learning.”
This is the first time Google is changing its policy on mining browser and extensions. Its policy has been that users whose devices are exploiting to mine digital currencies be informed that such activities are going on using their processor power.
Cryptojackers and other hackers have taken advantage of that loophole to surreptitiously install mining coded that target the so-called privacy coins.
Google recently stated that the most recently developed extensions have been targeting users’ digital currencies. It is no surprising then that the company is moving to ban them.
In a blog post in June, Google said,
“approximately 90% of all extensions with mining scripts that developers have attempted to upload to Chrome Web Store have failed to comply with these policies.”
There have been concerns raised over the cryptojacking issue especially by the crypto community.
Monero the most prominent privacy coin has taken some preventive measures by setting up a workgroup to help curtail the menace.
Upcoming Changes in Google Chrome
Google next update for Chrome will give users more control and the ability to lock the browser for certain categories of hosts.
Google will be imposing a more stringent approval requirement for extensions. This means that developers will go through additional compliance reviews before being added to the web store.
The new policy requires the de-listing of extensions with confusing codes. Google is demanding that all such extensions be updated to versions with clear intentions.
CCN reported that,
“As of 2019, all developer accounts will require enrollment in two-step verification before being able to submit browser extensions to the Web Store. This is meant to create an additional layer of safety and will require authentication from a developer’s phone or by creating a physical security key.”
This will surely ensure that only reputable developers have access to the web store. This will also ensure that the malicious actors think twice before working on new extensions.