It’s official: Google intends to boost its efforts to fight off malware, and it will do so through its Web browser, Chrome. The search engine giant announced on May 13 that it will now require Windows-based extensions to be installed from its Web store, according to a post on the official Chrome blog. And Mac product users will not be immune to Google’s changes, either. The company noted that it will force Mac operators to only download from its Web store in the coming months.
“The extension platform unlocks powerful features that can help users get the most out of Chrome,” wrote Jake Leichtling, Extensions platform product manager at Google, in the blog post. “However, it is crucial that our users stay safe from the reaches of malicious software developers.”
Google’s goal isn’t to annoy its browser users, but rather prevent them from unknowingly downloading malicious files. On the bright side, the company noted that it will continue to allow inline installations, according to Ars Technica. Inline installations involve third-party sites that link to an extension hosted by Google… see more