A new study found that half of Google Chrome extensions installed in the Chrome Web Store are collecting personal information that users have granted permission to collect. During the study, conducted by Incogni, 1,237 extensions were analyzed and more than half of them had malicious intentions to potentially expose users’ personally identifiable information (PII), distribute malware or adware, and record passwords and financial information.
Incogni tried to measure the risks associated with giving permission to extensions during installation, but only 1 in 4 did. They found that almost 27% of extensions collected personal data.
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Speaking to the media, Aleksandras Valentij, Information Security Officer at Surfshark said: