Google Chrome will notify users of extension removals – Times of India

Google is set to release a new feature with its next Chrome update. This feature will notify users when the tech giant removes an extension from the Chrome Web Store. The company has shared a post revealing that this feature will be added to Chrome version 117 and it will help users to know about the extensions that have been removed by a developer.

Oliver Dunk, a developer relations engineer for Chrome extensions, also noted that Google can also remove extensions for violating the Chrome Web Store policies, or if it’s marked as malware.

How this feature will work
Dunk mentions that the extensions that fall under these categories will appear in a “Safety Check” section. Users can find this section in the privacy and security menu of Chrome’s settings.
“When a user clicks ‘Review,’ they will be taken to their extensions and given the choice to either remove the extension or hide the warning if they wish to keep the extension installed. As in previous versions of Chrome, extensions marked as malware are automatically disabled,” Dunk explains.
Google to improve URL security
Apart from the deleted extension notifications, Google is also enhancing the security of URLs. The company has announced that it will automatically upgrade all http:// URLs to https://. This is the more secure version of HTTP that encrypts user traffic.

A Google blog post notes, “even when you click on a link that explicitly declares http://,” Chrome will detect when the attempted upgrades don’t work. If the upgrade doesn’t work the browser will fall back to http://.
The company is “experimenting” with the change in Chrome 115 (Chrome 116 is the current stable release) and plans to roll it out to everyone “soon.”
Furthermore, Google will also show users a warning when they try to download “high-risk files” via an insecure connection. The company has also shared an image to show how these warnings will look. These warnings are set to roll out in mid-September.