Why is there now 16,428 extensions marked with yellow warning that the extension is not being monitored by Firefox?
This extension isn’t monitored by Mozilla. Make sure you trust the extension before you install it.
What is the point of this? Should people avoid these and install only those 86 recommended?
Isn’t there a better way?
Why not introduce instead some new badge called “Trusted developer” - this extension is made by developer who creates extensions for 2 years and has overall rating 4.5 from 10,000 users.
Normal users has 0 chance telling whether the extension they are about to install is malicious or not, so instructing them to “Make sure you trust the extension before you install it.” has no point, because they just can’t.
Instead, make it more about developers!
Each developer should have a serious account linked with his/her personal ID (driver license), phone number, any social account link, company link, etc… Then provide some of these information to the users, so they can check who is behind this extension.
And if there are issues with the developer, ban!
Having extensions made by anonymous developers will never be safe. And those that want to be anonymous, let them, with this nice yellow warning.
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