Firefox extension permissions are scary

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by Holysmoke, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. Holysmoke

    Holysmoke Registered Member

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    I just figured this out and am embarrassed I did not know this sooner.

    I have lots of privacy extensions like privacy badger, ublock origin, canvasblocker, cookie autodelete, decentraleyes, https everywhere and more.

    All of these have the permission:

    Access your data for all websites

    The extension can read the content of any web page you visit as well as data you enter into those web pages, such as usernames and passwords.

    These authors cannot be trusted with this data especially our usernames and passwords.
     
  2. deugniet

    deugniet Registered Member

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  3. Rasheed187

    Rasheed187 Registered Member

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    Wait a minute, can they even grab your username and passwords? I didn't really know about this, and yes, it's crazy if true. Why didn't browser developers already solved this problem? I do know that SpyShelter was capable of blocking extension based keyloggers on Firefox.
     
  4. BoerenkoolMetWorst

    BoerenkoolMetWorst Registered Member

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    First Firefox wants to reduce extension rights(with the new extension model) and people complain that extensions become to limited, and now they want even less rights for extensions. You can't have both.
    Bottom line, don't run stuff you don't trust.
     
  5. reasonablePrivacy

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    So don't use these extensions if you don't trust them.
     
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