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Beware: many ChatGPT extensions and apps could be malware

The internet has been swept up in ChatGPT fever, and for good reason—it’s a really potent new tool. Unfortunately, scammers and hackers frequently find fertile roots in the most popular articles.

John Hammond, a cybersecurity-focused YouTuber, has cautioned that many ChatGPT extensions and apps might be infected with malware. It’s a good argument, and we should all exercise caution when adding mobile apps and add-ons to desktop browsers.

You are aware of who has access to the information you supply when you access a website like ChatGPT. Even while there is some worry about the rapid rate of OpenAI’s updates to the public, it is a well-known fact that most people admire.

However, there are huge differences in the privacy policies of browser add-ons and applications. Even more concerning, despite the privacy assurances, you could not be familiar with the developer or be able to determine their reliability. It’s simple to say that your information won’t be shared or sold, but who will actually uphold that promise?

It goes beyond the data you might freely give to the extension or app, according to Hammond. Hackers can get through security measures, especially when they use software that you have installed on your device.

Hammond cites a recent Guardio article about a fraudulent ChatGPT Chrome plugin that had malware inside of it that had a backdoor to Facebook account information.

The spyware produced bots that made adverts supporting the plugin by stealing multiple Facebook accounts. The advertisements increased extension traffic and led to additional bots posting more advertisements.

The self-replicating malware’s objective was to gather user data for the dark web. Google removed the extension, but another quickly appeared, and the fight against malware seems to have no end in sight.

The most important lesson to learn from the video is to exercise caution while installing any browser extensions. More access is available to software on your machine than to a webpage. For mobile apps, the same is true.

You can access ChatGPT from the OpenAI website if you wish to. Bing Chat is powered by GPT-4, the OpenAI technology underpinning ChatGPT, and is accessible in a tab on any Bing Search. You may access Bing Chat on your phone using the Edge or Bing apps.

utilize caution if you decide to utilize a browser extension or app that enhances the advanced AI’s capabilities or makes it more handy. Before putting your data in the developer’s hands, read the developer’s privacy statement, reviews, and other information.