Chrome Browser Management

Chrome browser management is a feature that IT admins can use to configure employees' Chrome browsers with policies to simplify day-to-day work and to prevent web-based attacks. With Chrome browser management, IT admins can enforce Chrome as the default browser, set default homepage according to requirement, configure bookmarks and enforce Chrome browser settings like password management, safe browsing, auto-fill settings etc., from a central console.

The Chrome management guide will cover:

Why is Chrome management important?

As 81% of enterprises take a cloud-first approach, browsers have become an integral part of employees' work life. Chrome remains at the top, as the most used browser at 63.69%. Since the web is home to a plethora of malware, IT admins have to make sure that Chrome browsers do not prevail as a portal for these malware to reach enterprises. IT admins need to ensure that users' browsing experience does not get affected in the process of enhancing security. Here's how IT admins can use Browser Security Plus for efficient Chrome management.

How does Chrome management work?

Google Chrome management involves 4 steps. By following these steps, IT admins can ensure that users stay safe from web-based threats and distractions.

  1. Detect and remove harmful Chrome extensions.
  2. Distribute mission-critical Chrome extensions to users
  3. Enforce Chrome security configurations and management policies.
  4. Audit periodically to ensure that the applied policies are in place.

Detect and remove harmful Chrome extensions.

Google Chrome browser management with Browser Security Plus

Chrome extensions are used to enhance user's browsing experience, adding functionalities that are not inherently present in browsers. When these extensions are added, they require permissions from the user to access various aspects of their browser. Based on the permissions granted, these extensions can,

  • Read the content present on webpages the user visits
  • Track browsing history
  • Make changes to web content

While some of these Chrome extensions are installed by users merely to make their browser look better, some are mission critical for users to get their work done.

First things first, IT admins need to keep track of all the extensions used across their organization. These insights will help them identify and remove the ones that are unnecessary. IT admins can use Browser Security Plus to remove Chrome extensions present in their network. It's add-on management feature provides a simple and effective way to identify Chrome extensions and have them removed, in a single go.

To further enhance security, IT admins can blacklist permissions that lead to breaches in data security. Browser Security Plus makes it easy by allowing IT admins to blacklist these permissions directly. This will ensure that all Chrome extensions that make use of the blacklisted permissions will in turn be removed.

Distribute mission-critical Chrome extensions to users

Distribute Chrome extensions using Chrome browser management

Organizations encourage users to use productivity-boosting extensions to simplify their day-to-day work, like managing passwords, enhancing emails, and correcting grammar. With Browser Security Plus' Chrome browser management, IT admins can create their own extension repository and distribute necessary extensions to users from a central console.

Enforce Chrome security configurations and management policies.

Google Chrome offers certain configurations that help ensure security from the web. To prevent users from landing on harmful websites, IT admins should ensure that these configurations are enabled on end-users' machines. One such significant configuration, safe browsing, which can help prevent users from landing on harmful websites on Chrome browser, can be enabled. IT admins can also take control on configurations like auto-fill, password management, audio and video settings, popups, cookies, etc.

Effective Chrome management also requires IT admins to ensure that only authorized websites are accessed from users' Chrome Browsers. To identify which websites are not authorized, Browser Security Plus provides web activity tracking feature. With the insights, IT admins can further restrict or allow access to websites, with Browser Security Plus' web filter feature.

With Chrome management, IT admins can redirect websites from one browser to another. In case of legacy websites and web applications that require a legacy browser, IT admins can redirect such websites to a legacy browser from Chrome,with Legacy Browser Support feature. Alternatively, IT admins can also redirect traffic from other browsers to Chrome, based on requirement. IT admins can define the destination browser based on requirement.

Chrome management can also be used to prevent downloads from specific websites. By ensuring that users can download files from trusted or authorised websites, IT admins can ensure that users from drive-by attacks and malware from malicious websites. This can also help prevent the over consumption of bandwidth.

Customize users' Chrome browsers

Chrome bookmark manager by Browser Security Plus Chrome management

With Chrome browser management, IT admins can set a default homepage for their users. IT can also decide the action to be performed when users start their browsers. They can either choose to restore users' last browsing session, open a new tab or open a particular website. IT admins can also configure bookmarks bar on user's browsers, such that all required websites and web-apps are easily accessible on their bookmarks bar.

IT admins can use Chrome management to set Chrome as the default browser. They can also customize homepage based on their requirements. They can assign their organization's webpage or they can choose to make new tab as the homepage. IT admins can also enforce the action to be performed on the start up of the browser. They can choose to restore the previous browsing session or open a specific website of their choice.

What is Chrome management?

Chrome management is the feature used by IT admins to deploy security policies to employees' Chrome devices and browsers. With Browser Security Plus IT teams can define Chrome as the default browser, configure bookmarks, deploy browser configurations, set default homepage on users' browsers, from a central console.

What makes Browser Security Plus the best Chrome browser management tool?

An effective Chrome management tool should provide IT admins with flexibility and control over users' browsers from a central console. Browser Security Plus provides the perfect platform for IT admins to manage, monitor and secure users' browsers. Thanks to mobility, users have the flexibility to work from anywhere. With Browser Security Plus, IT admins can manage the browsers, despite users' physical location.

With Chrome management, IT admins can perform Chrome bookmark management, Chrome extensions management, download management, web filtering, configuration management, cookies management, etc. With it's compliance engine, IT admins can ensure their compliance of endpoints to CIS and STIG browser security standards. Management and security go hand-in-hand. Chrome browser management is the vital to protecting computers from browser-based cyberthreats and attacks. Browser Security Plus offers comprehensive enterprise Chrome browser management and end-to-end security. To enjoy the benefits, download a free, 30-day trial of Browser Security Plus and try out these features yourself. If you're a Desktop Central user, you can now enjoy the above features from the comfort of your Desktop Central console!