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Google Removes the Option of Installing Chrome Extensions via Remote Sites


Google announced plans today to gradually remove the option of installing Chrome extensions from a remote website, also known as an "inline installation."

According to Google, this means that by the end of the year, users will only be able to install new Chrome extension only from their respective Chrome Web Store listings.

Inline installation feature abused in the past few years

The reason for this change is because of malicious Chrome developers who've abused this feature to trick users into installing confusing, deceptive, or downright malicious Chrome extensions.

Until now, this has been possible because the inline installation process allowed developers to create extensions, have the extensions hosted on the official Chrome Web Store, but allow users to install the extensions just by clicking a button on a third-party website without the user ever visiting the extension's Chrome Web Store page.

Google says that this interaction pattern has been abused by extension...(continued)

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