Google announced its plans to begin blocking Chrome extensions from outside the Chrome Web Store back in November and has now put it into action. Starting today, users will no longer be able to install Chrome extensions for Windows from outside the web store. Installed extensions from outside the web store may also be disabled.
This move is meant to protect users from malicious extensions, since they aren’t monitored by Google. The security benefit of installing extensions from the Web Store outweigh the inconvenience. Developers will have to pay a $5 fee to host their extensions in the Chrome Web Store.
Developers don’t need to worry as they can still install extensions locally for testing purposes. Enterprise users will be unaffected as well if an extension is installed company-wide.
Source: Google Chrome Blog
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