Warning: Your Browser Extensions Are Spying On You (article)

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  1. MrBrian

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    From http://www.howtogeek.com/180175/warning-your-browser-extensions-are-spying-on-you/:
     
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    Thanks for posting this. Fortunately, I'm not using any of those extensions.

    Generally preventing extension updates is probably not a very good idea since those updates usually fix existing bugs/problems. And checking each extension/update in the developer tools is not very practical.

    For Chrome users probably the best approach is using HTTP Switchboard which monitors (and blocks) behind-the-scene requests by extensions. And Extensions Update Notifier is useful to inform you about automatic updates as a reminder to check again if there a new behind-the-scene requests. Needless to say that the trustworthiness of HTTPSB is the linchpin of this approach.
     
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    Also appearing recently in the battle against Potentially Unwanted Extensions is the new add-on for Firefox and Chrome, Extension Defender (owned by Cloudflare?), which also has an apparently interesting Blog, and at least appears a larger list of dodgy apps for Firefox.
    https://www.extensiondefender.com/

    Blog:http://www.extensiondefender.com/blog/

    AMO: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/extension-defender/

    Can't see that I'd need this myself, but could be useful for some, and any info about spying software is always welcome.
     
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    I only saw one extension listed in that article. Anyway, I generally stick to popular extensions: ABP, HTTPS Everywhere, Click&Clean.
     
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