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What does the helium10 plugin do? Why is it necessary to install the browser extension in order to use the web app?

The Helium 10 browser extension is responsible for the communications between the Helium 10 web application and Amazon. It enables Helium 10 to gather search results, listings, etc.

Currently the extension needs two different permissions:

- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit:

This permission allows us to enter search queries and gather results from Amazon’s site. We originally left this permission open to all websites to limit the number of updates we must make to the toolbar should Amazon open other domains. We’ve recently requested our developers to be explicit on the websites in the permissions and limit them to amazon.com and other Amazon domains.

- Communicate with cooperating websites:

Allows the extension to communicate with the Helium 10 site.

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