Cliqz for Windows and Mac now lets you easily check add-on permissions

You can now view the permissions of installed extensions in Add-ons Management. This way you can see immediately which settings and data they are allowed to access.

Add-on permissions

Björn GreifEditor

Since the beginning of the year, you can use your favorite Firefox add-ons in the Cliqz Browser for Windows and Mac. Extensions add useful features to your browser, but they can also slow it down or pose certain privacy and security risks.

Some add-ons require extensive permissions during installation, for example, to access your data for all websites you visit – regardless of whether or not this is necessary for their smooth operation. For more transparency, your Cliqz Browser now shows you all the permissions that installed extensions require in the Add-ons Manager.

Check data access

To open the Add-ons Manager tab, click the menu button in the upper right and choose Add-ons. Alternatively, you can type about:addons in the address bar and hit Enter or simply press Ctrl+Shift+A. In the Add-ons Manager all installed extensions are listed. Right under each add-on name you can see the number of granted permissions.

The number of permissions granted is displayed under the respective add-on name in the Add-ons Manager.
The number of permissions granted is displayed under the respective add-on name in the Add-ons Manager.

When you click on an extension in the list, a description page will open with more information about the granted add-on permissions. This way you can see directly whether add-ons might read or write data you enter in webpages, read data from or access features on your computer, or alter your browser settings.

The detail view provides more information about the granted add-on permissions.
The detail view provides more information about the granted add-on permissions.

You can find a tabular overview of the most frequent permission requests, together with a brief description and explanation, here. So, you can better estimate the practical impact of installed extensions on your data and your browsing experience.

How to minimize the risks associated with add-ons

To minimize the risk that one of your installed extensions may slow down your browser or cause other trouble, you should always pay attention to the requested permissions and, in case of doubt, rather do without a specific add-on. In general, you should keep the list of installed extensions as short as possible. If an add-on is not indispensable or you don’t trust the developer, uninstall it.

Now have fun with your favorite extensions in the Cliqz Browser! If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to contact our support at any time.