Web browsers are usually our main gateways to access the World Wide Web. To make surfing the internet even easier and more efficient, tools like extensions or add-ons are being developed. Yet, they are made by individuals and can be easily published through the browser’s addon gallery. A lot of browser addons are very beneficial. But there are some that can be also used to track you and steal your personal data.
Browser spyware that steals data
Recently, a spyware called DataSpii has just been recently exposed by Sam Jadali, a tech expert. DataSpii sneaks into your browser by identifying itself as an extension. DataSpii-infested browser addons can be usually found in Chrome, but Firefox users are reportedly been affected too.
These DataSpii-infected add-ons typically gather websites and their titles, and even the links that can be found on every page that you visit. A premium service named Nacho Analytics then collects the data stolen by these Spywares and reveal it to their clients. The service is notorious for its heinous and unfair practices over the internet.
Protect yourself from browser malware
Browser addons are really a must-have when surfing the web. But you must be wary of those that you install in your browser if you don’t want to be spied on. When installing extensions, make sure to choose those that have a high rating from other users. Browsers also usually mark those extensions that have passed through their thorough checking.
It is also helpful to update your antivirus software regularly. Antivirus software usually comes with its own browser add-on. You can use your antivirus software’s browser addon to check the integrity of the other extensions installed on your browser. It also makes sure that your data is being sent to the correct server.