Google has announced a change to the way in which Chrome extensions can be installed for Windows users, in a bid to combat the threats posed by malware.
Google said that extensions for Chrome can now be installed only if they are hosted on the official Chrome Web Store. This will also mean that pre-existing extensions not offered via the store will automatically be disabled until they are listed on the Chrome Web Store.
The move comes some six months after it was first announced in November 2013 and Google engineering director Erik Kay said in a blog post the change was another move by Google to ensure that users of Chrome remain protected from web threats.
"From now on, to protect Windows users from this kind of attack, extensions can be installed only if they're hosted on the Chrome Web Store," he said.
Kay added that other operating systems will not be affected by this change, and told developers to keep an eye on their extensions now the change has come into effect.
"For developers, we'll continue to support local extension installs during development as well as installs via enterprise policy," he said.
"And if you have a dedicated installation flow from your own website, you can make use of the existing inline installs feature. You can reach out to us in our support forums if you're running into problems, or if you think an extension was disabled incorrectly."
Browser security has been in the headlines on numerous occasions recently. Microsoft had to fix flaws with its Internet Explorer tool, including claims last week that it had failed to fix a zero-day flaw after 180 days of first being made aware of it.
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