Chrome vs. Firefox Extension Security
November 5, 2012 2:12 PM Subscribe
Please help me understand the difference (or non-difference) in safety for Firefox vs. Chrome browser extensions (plugins/add-ons).
posted by pavane to computers & internet (3 answers total)
I'm about ready to move to Chrome for various reasons, but when I go to install (on Chrome) Chrome's versions of some of the extensions I was using on Firefox, some of the extensions give me a warning message about various types of personal data the extension would expose to the extension developer. A friend suggested that Firefox extensions do the same thing, but that Firefox isn't as good at warning you about it.
I've read some explanations of the Chrome warnings already--this Google forum thread
includes a good explanation of the Chrome side of things--but I'm really wondering about how Chrome's security in terms of extension data sharing differs from Firefox (or any other browser). I'd feel better sharing data with trusted plugin developers if I know that this data sharing is necessarily occurring in every browser and isn't just a flaw of the Chrome set-up.