What is a Google Chrome Extension? Google Chrome extensions are programs that can be installed into Chrome in order to change the browser’s functionality. This includes adding new features to Chrome or modifying the existing behavior of the program itself to make it more convenient for the user.
And as with anything good, someone always comes along to make it bad.
(ChromeUnboxed) – Based on recent findings, a total of 28 extensions (15 in Chrome and 13 in Edge) that are mostly geared toward Facebook and Instagram use cases are instead redirecting user traffic to ads and phishing sites and collecting their personal data such as their birth dates, email addresses, and active devices. Not only that, but they’re also collecting browsing data and they have the ability to directly download malware onto a user’s device!
You can view your extensions by typing
chrome://extensions into your URL bar.
If you have any of the following installed, remove them immediately.
- Direct Message for Instagram
- DM for Instagram
- Invisible mode for Instagram Direct Message
- Downloader for Instagram
- App Phone for Instagram
- Stories for Instagram
- Universal Video Downloader
- Video Downloader for FaceBook™
- Vimeo™ Video Downloader
- Zoomer for Instagram and FaceBook
- VK UnBlock. Works fast.
- Odnoklassniki UnBlock. Works quickly.
- Upload photo to Instagram™
- Spotify Music Downloader
- The New York Times News
Also, if you see anything you don’t use on a regular basis or that you don’t remember installing, get rid of it as well.
I currently run Avast, Acrobat, Dark Mode, & Feedly Mini. That’s it. My rule of thumb is that if anything (an extension) insist that I install it to make my “experience” more gooder, I don’t want it.
Also ask yourself, do I really need a Facebook or Instagram account in the first place?
You know what you need and use. Stick to that.