Google has decided to disable inline installations for Chrome extensions whose developers use deceptive tactics to trick users into installing their products. Inline installation was introduced by Google in 2011 in an effort to make it easier for users to add extensions to Chrome by allowing them to install extensions hosted on the Web Store directly from the developer’s website. Some developers have abused this feature and distributed their extensions via deceptive advertisements and websites. Google has been keeping an eye on developers who use such tactics and they will no longer be able to use inline installation starting with September 3. As per members of Google’s Chrome Policy and Anti-Abuse team, for these extensions, inline installation attempts will be redirected to the extension’s product details page in the Chrome Web Store, allowing the user to make an informed decision. Chrome extensions can pose serious security and privacy risks.
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