I know a number of folks use The Great Suspender to automatically suspend inactive browser tabs in Chrome. Apparently recent versions of this extension have been taken over by a shady anonymous entity and is now flagged by Microsoft as malware. Notably the most recent version of the extension (v7.1.8) has added integrated analytics that can track all of your browsing activity across all sites. Yikes.
Recommendations for users of The Great Suspender (7.1.8):
Caveat: My understanding is that installing an unpacked extension in this way
will cause Chrome to issue a new kind of security prompt every time it is
launched, which you’ll have to ignore. 😕
I see no security prompt for using an unpacked extension at least on
macOS 10.14 Mojave with Chrome 88 and Developer Mode left on.
Other browser extensions for suspending tabs exist, as mentioned in the Hacker News discussion for this article. However I have not conducted my own security review on any of those other extensions, so buyer beware.
2021-02-06 Update: Wow. Google has pulled The Great Suspender from its web store. It is still possible to install the latest clean version of The Great Suspender using the “Permanent harder fix” instructions above. Or you might consider one of the alternatives suggested by Lifehacker.
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