Re: Bring back extensions for the privacy risk-takers
Sorry Optimus and other users for the delays in supporting a limited number of extensions. It's a lot trickier than it sounds to allow extensions in a secure way! We've tried a few techniques already each of which had some failings so we're working on yet another new method. Chromium isn't easy to handle in general.
Philosophically, we do feel extensions can improve convenience as well as security. Technically, though it's very hard to allow extensions while still providing strong privacy.
So what we're planning initially is to allow only a small subset of extensions -- generally those that are well-known and well-trusted and somewhat essential to browsing like password managers.
Ironically, we don't have plans to allow other privacy extensions because one most of their functionality we would already have and secondly and more to the point many so-called privacy extensions actually send all your browsing through their servers and are thus philosophically not aligned with what we believe privacy should be at the browser-level.
@bluesrains -- not sure about all of them, but google translate is probably sending ALL your web browsing through google servers!!
@Keith -- Adblock is basically built into Epic!! Any other extensions you'd like?
@rockman -- even with limited extension support, we will make extension support disabled by default. you're right to be wary of plugins -- we would like to do something about flash like put it into a virtual machine or something, flash is definitely an issue in terms of privacy and performance.
@dilgreen -- we are planning to support LastPass & great point!
@weathertop -- Couldn't have said it better, Epic should be your browsing browser!!! Exactly!! Another browser can have log-in accounts like FB/Email, etc. That's why we're focusing on just the minimal addons, highly limited support.