Don't touch my tabs! (rel=noopener)

Don't touch my tabs! (rel=noopener)

Prevent tabs opened by a hyperlink from hijacking the previous tab by adding the rel=noopener attribute to all hyperlinks

What is Don't touch my tabs! (rel=noopener)?

Don't touch my tabs! (rel=noopener) is an Edge add-on by Jeroen Swen. This add-on has 230 active users, an average user rating of 3.70, and was removed from Edge Add-on Store 2 years ago. The latest version, 2.2.0, was updated 4 years ago.

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Stats
This add-on was removed from Edge Add-on Store on 2022-08-14
Users: 230
Rating: 3.70 (3)
Version: 2.2.0 (Last updated: 2020-03-22)
Creation date: 2020-03-22
Risk impact: Low risk impact
Risk likelihood: High risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
Size: 5.61K
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Summary

Hi! Did you know that whenever you click on a hyperlink that opens a page in a new tab, the new page is able to control what page is loaded in the previous tab?

"Why is this bad for me?" Advertisers are using this trick to harass everyone these days, and worse, hackers can replace the previous tab with a fake login page of the service you're navigating away from when you follow a hyperlink to an evil web page.

"That's not good! What now?" The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) decided that something needed to be created to stop this from happening, and the "rel=noopener" attribute was born. This attribute can be added to any hyperlink to prevent the new window from accessing the previous window object.

"Sweet!" Well here's the catch: Because they didn't want to 'break the internet' this became an optional attribute that web developers and designers have to add to each single hyperlink in order to protect you. This means that trillions of Hyperlinks that do not give us this protection have to be fixed, manually, and let's be honest, this will not happen.

"Break the internet? But.. my security!" Well they do have a point in some way, since some web applications make use of this function, it would break those web applications if they would just change the way hyperlinks work.

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Safety
Risk impact

Don't touch my tabs! (rel=noopener) is relatively safe to use as it requires very minimum permissions.

Risk likelihood

Don't touch my tabs! (rel=noopener) may not be trust-worthy. Avoid installing if possible unless you really trust this publisher.

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