New Chrome Web Store badges will help you find the best browser extensions
What do you want to know
- Google is launching two new badges on the Chrome Web Store.
- The Featured badge will highlight high-quality extensions that follow Google’s best practices.
- The Established Publisher badge is awarded to developers who have verified their identity and have no record of violations.
Google is stepping up its efforts to help Chrome users find the best browser extensions by launching new badges for the Chrome Web Store. Starting today, users who visit the Store will see two new badges appear on select expansions: the Featured Badge and the Established Publisher Badge.
The new featured badge will appear on extensions that follow Google’s “technical best practices” and meet the company’s standards for design and user experience. This includes adhering to user privacy guidelines and a landing page that clearly explains what the extension does with high-quality images and descriptions.
The Established Publisher badge will appear on developer extensions that have been verified. These developers also have “established a consistent positive track record with Google services” and comply with the company’s Developer Program Policy.
Google says its Chrome team manually checks extensions to make sure they’re eligible for the featured badge. A quick look at our best Chrome extensions for working from home shows that many of our picks already feature a badge or two, offering great ways to stay productive. Google also notes that to ensure quality, developers cannot pay for these badges. That said, developers can request that their extensions be reviewed in order to potentially receive the Features badge.
For those of you who rely heavily on extensions for their browsers, this could be a useful way to weed out low-quality ones. Last year, the company also introduced new Google Chrome security protections that would notify users if they were about to download “bad” extensions that are untrustworthy.