Popular browser extensions have proven to be your usurping data. A Washington Post Survey has undergone several extensions that collect and sell your data. The data includes pages you visit and the photos you have seen.
The list of extensions includes HoverXoom, SpeakIt !, SuperZoom, SaveFrom.et Helper, FairShare Unlock and PanelMeasurement. All extensions are available on Google Chrome, and some of them are also available on Mozilla Firefox. It is learned that the extensions have a total of 4 million users.
All current browser extensions have revealed the same in terms of privacy and privacy. The terms mentioned that they can collect user data. PanelMeasurement and FairShare Unlock, however, have shown that they also collect browser activity data. The Washington Post contacted Google and the company immediately removed all the extensions from the Chrome Store.
Last October, Google announced changes to the extensions. Furthermore, Google has changed the review process for developers. Apparently, Mozilla is also working on changing the extension assessment procedure. That is why Mozilla has a cached list of browser extensions under "Recommended extensions." The company claims these extensions are overestimated and carefully considered for safety and security.
The researchers found that Nacho Analytics sells browser data collected from more than 4M users. The company also referred to the service as "Good Mode for the Internet" and harvested data by posting Nacho's spyware. According to the researcher, they were able to log on to people's health post and sensitive information from companies such as Trend Micro, Tesla, Blue Origin, Merck, Pfizer, Amazon, FireEye and many more.
[via Washington Post]
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