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mhhfive
mhhfive
2/5/2018 10:51:11 PM
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Re: Who are these users?
I think some of the most useful extensions are also the most potentially dangerous-- one extension I used many years ago basically allowed a user to write a simple script to navigate several kinds of form fields. That function was useful to me at the time but it could also easily be used for malware purposes.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
2/5/2018 9:41:00 PM
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Re: Who are these users?
Sure. It only makes sense that malicious bots would want to "upskill" themselves with the latest malware. Pretty ingenious.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
2/5/2018 9:39:48 PM
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Re: Who are these users?
@mhh: Same. I'm extremely picky about my browser extensions. Am I missing out on some fun ones? Perhaps. (For instance, just today I learned of an extension -- now a few years old -- that replaces all instances of "the cloud" with "my butt". This is right in line with my sense of humor.) But at least I can rest a bit easier.

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mhhfive
mhhfive
2/5/2018 6:45:19 PM
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Re: Who are these users?
I haven't downloaded many Chrome extensions -- so does it require one of those "Check this box if you're a human" to verify the downloads? If so, then I guess I'd believe those numbers were accurate and not just inflated download numbers to make these extensions seem more popular than that are.

Google works pretty hard to make those CAPTCHAs.... 

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LarryLoeb
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2/5/2018 6:38:47 PM
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Re: Who are these users?
@mhhfive

I think the numbers comes from the Chrome webstore.

But they still could be bots.

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mhhfive
mhhfive
2/5/2018 6:24:04 PM
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Who are these users?
> "there were 89 of the malware extensions on the Chrome webstore with an installed base of 420,000 users."

I have to wonder who these people are.. if they're really using these extensions, or if they're bots that download extensions to boost usage numbers... 

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