Right now privacy advocates are worried about a new API called getInstalledRelatedapps which has been in development since 2015 and available to experiment with since Chrome 59 in 2017.

Google's Chrome browser has come under heavy criticism recently, especially after it unveiled plans for Manifest V3 where some ad blockers stopped working.

Described on GitHub, with this API developers can determine whether their applications are installed on your device.

Of course there are benefits to people running web and desktop applications from the same developer preventing exacerbating consequences like getting the same notification twice.

But what is the problem?

According to The Register site, this API brings no more benefits to users than app publishers.

In fact if not properly managed it can end up being a serious threat to the security and privacy of users.

That's because with this API developers can see what applications you have installed on your device.

At the same time it can affect your security because hackers can carry out attacks by targeting the applications you have installed.

Google will continue to support this API in the future as per the company's own stance.

But on the other hand the search engine knows the consequences of this action.

Security and privacy are usually second to none, and functionality is prioritized.

Companies like Firefox, meanwhile, have begun offering services that respect the privacy and security of disillusioned users from Google and Facebook.

Firefox is currently the browser for those who feel anxious, and there have been many Chrome users who have taken the step.

At the same time browsers like Brave are gaining reputation and maybe it's time for you to try something new.