Google has confirmed that it will be locking down the Chrome browser and only allowing extensions from the Chrome Web Store.
This decision is meant to block malicious extensions that override browser settings and alter the user experience in undesired ways from being silently installed.
In a blog post, Google’s Eric Kay claimed that malicious extensions which override browser settings are “a leading cause of complaints from our Windows users”.
“As part of our continuing security efforts, we’re announcing a stronger measure to protect Windows users: starting in January on the Windows stable and beta channels, we’ll require all extensions to be hosted in the Chrome Web Store.”
“Starting in January on the Windows stable and beta channels, we’ll require all extensions to be hosted in the Chrome Web Store.” Kay said.
Developers have been prompted to migrate their extensions to the Chrome Web Store..
Developer versions of Chrome will not be subject to the change.