Google will no longer allow installation of Chrome extensions from websites

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Google today confirmed that it is working on banning
installations of Chrome extensions from third-party websites.
The company allowed users to install the Chrome extensions
from third-party websites for its Google Chrome web browser.

But now the company plans to stop the inline installations of
the extensions for its Google Chrome web browser. The company
has received issues with regards to deceptive uses of the
installations of the Chrome extensions on third party websites.

To stop the deceptive usage the company has decided to
permanently retire the inline installations. In a statement,
the company says the extensions that attempt to call the
Chrome’s web store instal function will redirect the users to
the Chrome Web Store in a new tab.

“Extensions first published on June 12, 2018, or later, that
attempt to call the chrome.webstore.install() function will
automatically redirect the user to the Chrome Web Store in a
new tab to complete the installation,” explains James Wagner,
Extensions Platform Product Manager.

The new depreciated inline installations are expected to be
available later this summer with the release of Google Chrome
71. The company for the convenience of users has laid down the
specific date September 12, 2018 is when the company will
disable the inline installation for existing extensions.

Starting September 12, 2018 any extensions installed on the
Chrome Browser from third party websites will automatically
redirect users to the Chrome Web Store.

Along with the discontinuation of the inline installations of
extensions the company also plans to retire the inline install
API method in early December 2018 when the company expects to
release Google Chrome 71.

The developers who are unable to publish their extensions on
the Chrome Web Store or are not willing to do due to the
changes in the company’s policies will be left with no choice
but to retire their Chrome extensions.

This step, the company says, will be helping users in the
upcoming days which would make Chrome a safer place to browse.

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