Extension Auditor
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Extension Auditor

lsdsoftware.com
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Overview

Assess risk levels of installed browser extensions

Because they're so hard to monetize, browser extensions have become major targets of exploitation by dodgy marketing firms, who pay developers to insert hidden code that collects data, injects ads, or even use the user's computing resources without authorization. Quite often, these firms would buy out the extensions and completely subvert it for their nefarious purpose. In order for an extension to inject code on arbitrary websites, it must request this specific permission: "Read and change all your data on the websites you visit". Many extensions request this permission out of convenience, when it is not necessary for their operation. The Extension Auditor addon will list all the extensions you currently have installed that had requested this permission, giving you a quick overview of your risk profile. It also links to discussion forums where knowledge can be shared about other risk factors such as developer reputation and ownership changes. Occasionally, an extension will "go rogue". It is our hope that through the discussion forum, we can identify these instances and warn the users through the Auditor extension. This extension is open-source. To contribute please visit https://github.com/ken107/extension-auditor.

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Chris VydasFeb 15, 2023

Good idea in principle but in practice there is literally no discussion taking place. I would have expected to see a list maintained of currently "rogue" Chrome extensions, followed by proof and research. However i found none of that. Shame, could be a great extension but seems to be left by the wayside

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Details

  • Version
    2.0.1
  • Updated
    December 6, 2023
  • Size
    27.93KiB
  • Languages
    English
  • Developer
    Business
    158 Magellan Ave San Jose, CA 95116 US
    Website
    Email
    support@lsdsoftware.com
  • Trader
    This developer has identified itself as a trader per the definition from the European Union.

Privacy

The developer has disclosed that it will not collect or use your data. To learn more, see the developer’s privacy policy.

This developer declares that your data is

  • Not being sold to third parties, outside of the approved use cases
  • Not being used or transferred for purposes that are unrelated to the item's core functionality
  • Not being used or transferred to determine creditworthiness or for lending purposes

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