back to article If my calculations are correct, when Google Chrome hits version 88, you're gonna see some serious... security

Google on Tuesday announced the stable channel release of Chrome 88, which includes support for an extension platform revision known as Manifest v3. Manifest v3 was announced in October, 2018, as part of a broad effort to overhaul the security of various Google products and services. The term refers to the manifest.json file, …

  1. Duncan Macdonald

    More security - less security

    A number of security add-in suppliers have already stated that Manifest v3 reduces the ability of their add-ins to block unwanted content (especially adverts).

    The prime reason behind v3 seems to be that ad blockers and script blockers reduce the revenue coming to Google as the users do not see the paid rubbish.

    1. fidodogbreath

      Re: More security - less security

      PiHole FTW.

  2. RyokuMas


    "There's little doubt Chrome extensionsGoogle will benefit from better security" changes that will undermine competitors.


  3. Sleep deprived
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    Limited Chrome use here

    Since Google pushed Manifest v3, I only use Chrome when Firefox has problems rendering a page (often to get the same with Chrome) or to cast the screen to the TV. Long live Ublock et al.

    1. Muscleguy

      Re: Limited Chrome use here

      I do tutoring on Tutoring Co bespoke classroom sites. Which only seem to render properly in Chrome. Safari and Firefox miss tool elements for eg.

      That’s primarily what I use it for. Also Safari tends to not open links to do things like confirm web addresses properly all the time. So then I have to copy them and open them in Chrome.

  4. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "once they achieved browser market dominance they no longer needed extensions"

    I think Google is going to find out that they very much need extensions, for example, via a drop in the market share of Chrome in favor of browsers that do accept extensions.

    Security for Google is like terrorists for the NSA - just a convenient excuse to increase their own power.

  5. Anonymous Coward
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    A quick security boost

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    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: A quick security boost

      While technically true, so is suggesting "turn your computer off".

    2. AndrueC Silver badge

      Re: A quick security boost

      Well yes. So few websites will work and such a large number won't even render that it might just drive you to give up on the WWW completely.

      Personally I dislike that this is the case but it's not up to me.

  6. deadlockvictim

    Will these changes protect us from the almighty Google slurp?

    I think I know the answer.

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