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Friday, 06 December 2019 11:42

New Chrome plugin to detect privacy risk on websites

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Ahead of the holiday season, cloud application security firm Instart has released a plugin for the Chrome browser that can detect if card-skimming or other privacy violating code has been inserted into a site.

The plugin is called Privacy Alert and is available from the Chrome Web store. It will warn users if personal data is at potential risk of being stolen when they log in to a website.

A pop-up will appear on the right-hand top corner of any Web page when there is a chance that data theft may occur.

A statement from the company said: "“Over the past couple of years, businesses have made headlines for falling victim to these eSkimming attacks, such as those perpetrated by the hacking group Magecart.

“British Airways and TicketMaster are just two of many recent examples. As a result of these two breaches, attackers gained access to credit card numbers and other account details from hundreds of thousands of customers, and in the case of British Airways, they have been handed fines of over US$200 million for failing to protect their customers’ data.

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"Privacy Alert will alert you if it detects that third-party sources access or have the ability to access the private information that you enter into form fields or is stored in cookies, allowing you to decide if you feel safe continuing to provide the website with your information," the statement added.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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