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If You Value Your Privacy, Avoid Browser Extensions


The truth is that browser extensions pose a threat to your online experience, and most individuals are not aware of this fact. They have the ability to view all your online activities and monitor them. These browser extensions often go the extent of taking your passwords, tracking your web browsing, placing unsolicited advertisements into the pages of websites you visit amongst others. It is widely known that fraudulent companies purchase most of these browser extensions. You will be in for a negative experience if you allow these extensions to be automatically updated on your computer after these unfaithful companies have hijacked it.
 
Why Browser Extensions are Dangerous
These browser extensions have their operations in your web browser, and they seek permission to alter everything on the pages of websites you visit and read them. Moreover, if an extension is granted the permission to the pages of each website you visit, it is capable of causing more harm. You will be surprised that it could act as a device to take your private information such as credit card details and passwords to online banking details or email address, redirect your traffic, place an advert on each website you visit and literally, monitor your online activities.
 
You need to be careful if an extension is asking for permission to scan every little detail like receipts and your email. That is a clear sign of danger. This is not to say that every extension is dangerous and misbehaving behind your back but it can do so, and that is the main reason why you need to be more cautious.
 
Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge have a permission system for extensions, but most of the extensions out there want access to most of your activities to function correctly. If you see an extension that requires access to one website, it could also pose a threat. For instance, an extension that can alter Google.com will ask for permission to your details on Google account and can practically view everything.
 
These browser extensions are not friendly instruments but possess a rare ability to have access to your web browser, and this factor marks them as a potential threat to your online experience. Most often, an extension that alters pages of websites you visit may need access to all of your activities in your web browser.
 
How to Reduce the Occurrence of Risk
To be on the safer side regarding the use of browser extensions, make use of few extensions. If you are not getting the best out of a browser extension on your computer, it will be an excellent idea to get rid of the extension instead of leaving it there. Try as much as possible to reduce the number of browser extensions to a handful of valuable extensions as it will make you know when one of them is faulty as soon as possible.
 
Download extensions from reputable companies that have a reputation for delivering excellent services. An extension for personalizing YouTube created by an unknown person can be a malware on your computer. Examples of extensions you can trust are Gmail Notifier from Google, Microsoft’s OneNote, and LastPass password manager extension by LastPass. You can be assured of a secured online experience as these brands cannot fall for the temptation of selling your private information cheaply.
 
It is also good to observe the kind of permissions your browser extensions are asking from you. For instance, any extension that needs access to one website should not tamper with other websites. Most of these extensions often request for access to your sensitive details such as email address and password saved on a website. Granting permissions could sound like a cool idea, but they might expose you to a lot of risks when they have access to more than enough details.