Exclusive: Massive spying on users of Google’s Chrome shows new security weakness (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Massive spying on users of Google’s Chrome shows new security weakness. “A newly discovered spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions to Google’s market-leading Chrome web browser, researchers at Awake Security told Reuters, highlighting the tech industry’s failure to protect browsers as they are used more for email, payroll and other sensitive functions.”

Bleeping Computer: New BotSight browser extension reveals Twitter bots

Bleeping Computer: New BotSight browser extension reveals Twitter bots. “Released by the NortonLifeLock Research Group (formerly known as Symantec Research Labs), the BotSight browser extension will display a small icon and a percentage score next to each account to indicate whether it’s classified as a real person or a bot.”

Make Tech Easier: 4 Best Reader Extensions for Chrome Reviewed

Make Tech Easier: 4 Best Reader Extensions for Chrome Reviewed . “The Internet is a simultaneously informative and distracting place, replete with information but also with a thousand panes, links, sidebars and banners that try to pull you away from what you’re reading at a given moment. A reader extension helps keep you focused by removing all the extraneous bits and just leaving you with the stuff you’re reading. These extensions also let you change font sizes, styles, and backgrounds for optimized reading. They’re handy, so we’ve decided to test four of the best reader extensions for Google Chrome and tell you just how good they really are.”

Make Tech Easier: 5 Chrome Extensions to Speed Up Your Browsing

Make Tech Easier: 5 Chrome Extensions to Speed Up Your Browsing . “Chrome is known as the fastest browser, but for some people even fastest isn’t enough. Moreover, Chrome is also a huge memory hog and may lead to a slower browsing experience on low-end devices. Thankfully, there are many Chrome extensions available that will speed things up for you exponentially.”

Exclusive: Google removes 49 Chrome extensions caught stealing crypto-wallet keys (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Exclusive: Google removes 49 Chrome extensions caught stealing crypto-wallet keys. “Google has removed 49 Chrome extensions from the Web Store that posed as legitimate cryptocurrency wallet apps but contained malicious code that stole crypto-wallet private keys, mnemonic phrases, and other raw secrets.”

IGN India: Netflix Party Launches As A Google Chrome Extension

IGN India: Netflix Party Launches As A Google Chrome Extension. “You can still have a party despite social distancing, and Netflix has the perfect way for you to jam. The streaming giant launched a chrome extension that allows you and your compadres to watch Netflix shows and movies together right from the comfort of your own homes.”

The Register: Firefox 74 slams Facebook in solitary confinement: Browser add-on stops social network stalking users across the web

The Register: Firefox 74 slams Facebook in solitary confinement: Browser add-on stops social network stalking users across the web. “The purpose of the Facebook Container is to let you continue to use Facebook but without having the social network site track your browsing elsewhere. ‘Installing this extension closes your Facebook tabs, deletes your Facebook cookies, and logs you out of Facebook,’ say the docs.”

VentureBeat: DoNotPay now lets you share online subscriptions without divulging your password

VentureBeat: DoNotPay now lets you share online subscriptions without divulging your password. “DoNotPay, the digital lawyer that shot to prominence for its bot that helps drivers appeal parking tickets, has launched a new product aimed at consumers. With the DoNotPay Subscription Sharing Chrome extension, anyone can share access to their online accounts — like Spotify, Netflix, Disney+ — without divulging their password.”

MakeUseOf: The 8 Best Chrome Privacy Extensions for Better Security

MakeUseOf: The 8 Best Chrome Privacy Extensions for Better Security. “Google Chrome is the world’s most popular web browser. But it isn’t the world’s most private browser—not by a long shot. Chrome receives consistently poor reviews regarding its approach to privacy. As the world’s largest advertising company, Google is a prime position to exploit the millions of Chrome users around the globe. Thankfully, you can take steps to increase your Google Chrome privacy using extensions. Here are the 8 best privacy extensions for Google Chrome.”

Krebs on Security: The Case for Limiting Your Browser Extensions

Krebs on Security: The Case for Limiting Your Browser Extensions. “Last week, KrebsOnSecurity reported to health insurance provider Blue Shield of California that its Web site was flagged by multiple security products as serving malicious content. Blue Shield quickly removed the unauthorized code. An investigation determined it was injected by a browser extension installed on the computer of a Blue Shield employee who’d edited the Web site in the past month. The incident is a reminder that browser extensions — however useful or fun they may seem when you install them — typically have a great deal of power and can effectively read and/or write all data in your browsing sessions.”

Make Tech Easier: 5 Addons You Should Use for a Better YouTube Experience

Make Tech Easier: 5 Addons You Should Use for a Better YouTube Experience. “YouTube was redesigned, updated, and upgraded many times throughout the years. And yet, it still offers a subpar experience if viewed as ‘a source for media consumption,’ compared to, say, a media player. The site’s interface is designed to increase views and keep the visitor on its pages, not to offer the best media playback functionality. Thankfully, you can use some of the following smartly crafted addons to improve your YouTube watching experience.”

The Register: Google burns down more than 500 private-data-stealing, ad-defrauding Chrome extensions installed by 1.7m netizens

The Register: Google burns down more than 500 private-data-stealing, ad-defrauding Chrome extensions installed by 1.7m netizens. “Google has removed more than 500 Chrome extensions in response to a report from a security researcher, who found the browser plugins distributed through the Chrome Web Store facilitated ad fraud and data theft.”