Beware of these 5 chrome extensions that can steal your data and make your device vulnerable to data theft.
Threat analysts from McAfee found these extensions that steal user’s browsing activity. These extensions appear as cookies each time the user visits an e-commerce website. According to bleepingcomputer.com, these extensions still perform their intended function, making it more difficult to detect data theft.
The 5 chrome extensions that steal user data
1. Netflix Party – 800,000 downloads
2. Netflix Party 2 – 300,000 downloads
3. Full Page Screenshot – Screenshot – 200,000 downloads
4. FlipShope – Price Tracker Extension – 80,000 Downloads
5. AutoBuy Flash Sales – 20,000 downloads
Therefore, it highlights that even though these extensions have combined millions of downloads, they are still not entirely reliable as they pose a serious security risk. McAfee advised users to check extensions carefully before installing them. Each time you install an extension, it asks for various permissions. Keep an eye on the requested permissions as some may pose a security risk to your device. It is absolutely essential that you do not install extensions outside of the Chrome Extensions Store. Although these 5 extensions were found on the Chrome Extensions Store, Google still maintains a security measure that prevents you from installing highly malicious extensions that can cause much more harm than just stealing your browsing data.