How Safe Are Chrome Extensions:
First off I think we should take a look at how safe
Chrome Extensions are before getting into how to manage chrome extensions. Why, well because they are not all safe to use, if you don’t need them, then don’t use them.
But what about the ones we want to use how do we know if they are safe or not?
Let’s take a look at why they would not be safe in the first place, it all has to do with the fact that when you install one you are trusting them not to watch everything you are doing while you are online, most won’t.
But the possibility is there because to enable the extension you are asked to give them permission to read and change all your Data on the website you visit. Wow, now that is a lot of things to go bad! 🙁
Now most of them are not going to do anything to hurt your trust in them, and if we take our time and review them we can stay a lot safer. So what should we do, it’s really simple, read!
When you first open the extension in Chrome web store under the “Overview” tab you will notice on the right side of the page a description of the app. Read this, all of it, and look for anything that may seem suspicious like sharing your data with others or anything about tracking your browsing. Check out when the last update was if it’s been years (more than two) then you might want to avoid it, their updates include security patches. You get the picture right?
Next thing you want to do is look over the reviews, this one is a little difficult to pinpoint because of a lot of developers will buy reviews. So if they all seem to read about the same, that might be a flag. You’ll get the idea when you skim through them, and no you don’t need to read them all, that would really be a waste of your time. ☹
And if you want to go a step further you can ask Google for a review of the app and see if any of them state anything negative in their headings, and maybe click on one and read the review.
So with all that said, let’s look at how to manage them, this is really simple.
In the upper right corner of your Chrome browser click on “More” (the three dots) > “More Tools” > “Extensions”, you will now see a page with all your extension where you can turn them on or off, check the “Details” or “Remove” them. See, wasn’t that simple? 😊
One More Thing:
Something to keep in mind is that if you have too many extension your browser could start running a little slower if it does just turn off the ones you don’t use all of the time. Also with a lot of them, they may be getting a little crowded in your toolbar, if that’s a problem you can click, hold and move the ones you use the most to the bigging of the line.
Some of you might want to use them at work, and that’s easy to do also, just sign into your Google account on your work computer and all of your settings, bookmarks, and extension will be synced to that computer.
So what are your thoughts on How to Manage Chrome Extensions?
How many Chrome extension do you use? I’m using only five at this time, but I have used up to ten.
Have you ever run into any problems with an Extension? I love hearing from my readers so,
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