Google sets $5 developer signup fee for Chrome extensions

By on August 19, 2010, 4:49 PM
Hoping to stem the tide of fraudulent extensions, Google has instituted two new security measures, including a one-time $5 signup fee. Since introducing extensions to Chrome, the gallery has accumulated some 6,000 add-ons and over 10 million are downloaded every month. Despite existing security features, malicious software still makes its way into the gallery and Google believes charging people to publish their work will help block the garbage.

Starting today, developers will have to pay $5 to gain the ability to publish extensions and themes, and it will apply to apps in the near future. The company is waiving that fee for anyone who registered with the gallery before 11AM PST today, and they can go about their business as usual. The second addition is domain verification. Developers can now associate their extensions with domains they own or manage to help users identify "official" extensions.




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thatguyandrew92 said:

Weird. Does Mozilla have this problem? If so, I've never noticed it!

tengeta tengeta said:

5 bucks is not going to stop malware developers that get far more than that out of multiple computers under their control.

kyosuke said:

oh man $5 to stop malware oh wait people who signed up before 11am yesterday ... wouldn't that mean the people who already created the malware will still have access to make new malware? Also wouldn't this lead the way for more password hacks?

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Firefox has the same issues; [link]

Guest said:

This is just a money grab!!! Darn it, they wont stop squeezing the developers...

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