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An Eclipse plug-in is basically a Java program, running inside Eclipse (and thus with the same credentials/permissions). Running an untrusted Eclipse plug-in is approximately as safe as running an untrusted Java program. That said, malware authors tend not to target Eclipse. Note that I'm assuming you aren't using some sort of weird executable plug-in ...


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You can download various plug-ins (I think Chrome comes with one) that will alert you to any potentially dangerous installs. They detect viruses and other things such as bugs which could corrupt your hardware and will either not allow you to instal such things or will warn you if you try to.



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