The country’s cyber security agency said on Wednesday that Internet users should be cautious while installing the extension of Google Chrome, as the company has removed more than 100 such links which were collecting the sensitive data of the users.
The Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), the agency that protects India’s cyberspace and counteracts cyber attacks, said that it also found that these extensions contained codes that helped them use Google Could be hidden from the security check of Chrome’s web store.
Ability to obtain confidential information
He said that these links which endanger the privacy had the ability to take screenshots, read the clipboard, and get other confidential information apart from reading the users’ passwords. The agency advised, “It has been learned that Google has removed 106 extensions of Google Chrome browser from Chrome Web Store which were collecting sensitive data of users.”
The agency said, “These extensions were being provided as a tool to improve users’ web search results, convert files from one format to another, and some extensions were acting as security checks” Federal Cyber Security Agency Has suggested users to remove (uninstall) Google Chrome extensions.
The security agency said that users can go to the Chrome Extensions page and turn on the developer mode to see if they do not have any threat extensions installed and then remove them from their browsers.
‘Uninstall non-essential extensions’
The agency has advised internet users to install only those extensions which are in great need and has asked to see the reactions of the users before doing so. The security agency said that uninstall extensions that are not needed. Also do not install extensions from unconfirmed sources.