If you’ve installed add-ons or plugins with your browser (like the one that came with your computer), it could be a question you're asking yourself right now.
This week brought news that at least six more extensions for a popular browser were hijacked. Two similar attacks were uncovered only last week. In all these cases the hijackers “updated” the extensions to inject malicious code into web pages. More than a million local browser installations were affected.
At the risk of repeating myself - local browser add-ons put your data at risk. Browsers are targeted in more than 80 percent of online attacks because inherent design flaws and the security weaknesses of common internet protocols make them the most vulnerable component of your personal or business IT.
When connecting to a website, browsers indiscriminately fetch and process code from the web on the local computer. Malicious code may be hidden in a web app or passed through from an ad server on