Shove Chrome extension lets you hijack your friend’s browser

Shove, a browser extension for Chrome that was officially released late last month, allows users to immediately open tabs on one another’s browsers without any warnings or prompts. Not only that, the other person can also do the same to you.

Other than the security measures that are built into Chrome, there are no security measures built into Shove. If someone tried to load a nefarious page in your browser, you would see a warning page and you would have to make a choice if a site wanted to fire up your camera and mic. However, other than that, Shove leaves the options wide open.

All you have to do is create an account once you have installed Shove, and add a few friends. Although, the friends you add have to accept your friend request. So, if someone adds you, or the other way around, you would have to know the person and accept their request before anything can be shoved. Once a few names are populated in your friend list, you can click the Shove button in the top right corner of the screen and start “shoving” tabs to their browsers any time you want once you have navigated to the website you want to share.

This could be a great way to share information if you are working with a large group on a research project remotely, as you would not have to wait for your partners to click a link in a chat room that you all are sharing. Also, it will also let group members share websites and online journals with each other.

It can also be a great way to play plenty of pranks with Shove and the various embarrassing situations that you could put your friends in, especially at work or at school.

“At first, we thought this would be a pretty funny and dangerous game,” designer Mike Lacher told Wired. “But once we built it and played around with it, it became less of a prank and more an easy way to share things back and forth… It was about having a creative conversation, where the domain name is the message. Or if you want to tell your friend ‘no way’ about something, sending them a link to a Google Image search is a lot more interesting.”

It does sound like a a fun, creative way to speak to one another using the wholeness of the Internet, only if you can actually trust your friends or colleagues with this extension.

You can now download the Shove extension free from the Chrome Web Store.

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