Chrome will soon warn you when you might not want to trust an extension – Jon Porter

A new dialog box will warn if an extension isn’t considered trusted. | Image; Google

Google is rolling out new safety features for Chrome which are designed to make it easier to spot dubious downloads and extensions. They build upon the browser’s Enhanced Safe Browsing feature, which launched last year to offer better warnings against phishing sites.

When it comes to Chrome extensions, the browser will now show a warning if what you’re installing is not considered “trusted.” In order to be trusted, extensions need to come from a developer that has followed Google’s Developer Program Policies and has been around for “at least a few months.” That means brand-new developers won’t immediately be considered trusted by Google.

When attempting to download an extension that’s not trusted, Chrome will show a pop-up warning that…

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