This may be a coincidence or intentional after row over Google removing some malicious Chrome extensions, there is now an ‘Extensions Checkup’ experiment in Chrome stable, which when enabled, warns users that some extensions can affect users’ privacy and Chrome performance.
Despite Google policing extensions on Chrome Web Store, somehow, malicious extensions skip its radar and collect sensitive information from users when installed, this has been recently reported by awake Security firm, google removed the extensions after receiving the details.
If you’re using Chrome 83 stable version, you can see Google prepared an experiment on flags page to bring awareness about extensions to users.
To turn on the experiment,
1. Visit chrome://flags page, search for “extensions checkup’
2. You can see various options in the drop-down
- Enabled on Startup – Performance-Focused message
- Enabled on Startup- Privacy-Focused message
- Enabled on Startup- Neutral Focused message
When you enable the second and five options, the Chrome extensions page doesn’t convey any specific message to the user, it does when you turn on 3 and 4.
The NTP promo messages also show the same performance and privacy-focused messages when enabled.