Hey Guys,

Browser extensions might be little helpers, enhancing your web browsing experience. They can store passwords, translate pages, or capture snapshots. But did you know they can also pose a threat to your security? Let’s unveil the unseen dangers of browser extensions.

  1. The Sneaky Data SnatchersNo secret here, most apps and software collect our data. But when it crosses from harmless gathering to unauthorized personal data collection, things get murky. Unfortunately, this can happen with the wrong extension. Malicious extensions can sneak past the guards of Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and other browsers, compromising your privacy.Case in point: In 2022, five popular Chrome extensions were found snooping on users’ browsing activity and personal info, affecting 1.4 million people. An Incogni study that same year revealed that 14% of Chrome Web Store extensions collect Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Don’t become a statistic!
  2. Phishing Attacks through ExtensionsPhishing attacks aren’t confined to emails or scam websites; they can sneak into your system through browser extensions. Some malicious extensions offer useful features but hide dangerous code, capturing sensitive data like banking credentials. Cybercriminals can also create extensions mimicking popular ones but filled with harmful code leading users to phishing sites or capturing their data.
  3. Unwanted Advertisement InvadersAdware refers to software displaying unwanted ads. It might not be dangerous but can be intrusive and annoying. Cybercriminals can infuse adware into extensions or embed them into existing popular ones.
  4. Browser Hijacking ExtensionsA hijacked browser isn’t a fun ride. Malicious extensions can modify your browser, change your homepage, default search engine, and even install programs without your consent. In 2023, an extension named simply App was found modifying Chrome’s settings, redirecting victims to different search engines with links to shady websites.
  5. Cryptocurrency Mining ExtensionsCrypto-mining malware uses the victim’s computing resources without their consent. Such malware can be packaged into browser extensions. When installed, these extensions use your computer’s resources to mine cryptocurrency without your knowledge.

So, how to stay safe?

  1. Download extensions from official marketplaces.
  2. Research about an extension before adding it.
  3. Read user reviews and watch for red flags.
  4. Check the permissions an extension requests before installing it.
  5. Remove any extensions that you no longer need.
  6. Install reliable antivirus software and avoid shady websites.
  7. Review your browser’s settings periodically.
  8. Keep your browser updated.

While extensions can make browsing easier, it’s crucial to proceed with caution. Treat browser extensions like any software product and take steps to stay safe and protect your privacy.

If you need more assistance or have questions, our Incognito Privacy Care team is here to help. Stay safe and stay private.

All the best,