Manage chrome extensions

Chrome extensions manager

Chrome Extensions manager is a feature that helps IT admins keep track of Chrome extensions used by employees in their organization and subsequently removing those that are not necessary. With Browser Security Plus' Chrome extensions manager feature, IT admins can take inventory of Chrome extensions present on users' browsers, detect the ones that are potentially harmful and allows IT admins to remove chrome extensions that aren't necessary. IT admins can also distribute mission-critical extensions needed for business, to employees browsers silently from a central console.

How to manage Chrome extensions?

To manage Chrome extensions in enterprise network, follow the below steps:

Step 1: Navigate to policies and click on Add-on Management in Browser Security Plus console.

Policy creation for Chrome extensions management

Step 2: Check No corresponding to Allow users to install extensions checkbox.

Remove Chrome extensions with Browser Security Plus

Step 3: Select the extensions that you want to whitelist from the Whitelist extensions drop down list.

Whitelist Chrome extensions for removing unnecessary Chrome extensions.

Step 4: Save and publish the policy.

Step 5: Deploy the policy to computers that you want to apply the changes to.

Policy deployment to manage Chrome extensions from users' machines

Why should you manage permissions used by Chrome extensions

Browser extensions require certain permissions to access various aspects of the browser to render its functionality. Some of these permissions when granted to the extension, are capable of causing data breaches for the organization. Browser Security Plus can be used to discover such potentially harmful extensions being used in your network. IT admins need to remove Chrome extensions that use such dangerous permissions. Browser Security Plus makes it easy by allowing IT admins to block these permissions directly. This will ensure that all Chrome extensions that make use of the blocked permissions will in turn be removed.

Chrome extensions management based on the permissions they use:

Step 1: Open Browser Security Plus console.

Step 2: Navigate to policies and click on Add-on Management.

Policy creation for Chrome extensions management based on permissions

Step 3: Click on Search Permissions corresponding to Blacklist Permissions.

Remove Chrome extensions based on permissions with Chrome extensions manager.

Step 4: Select the permissions you want to blacklist.

Select permissions to be blacklisted from users' machines.

Step 5: Save and publish the policy.

Step 6: Deploy the policy to computers that you want to apply the changes to.

Need for Chrome extensions management.

Google Chrome stands tall with market share of 64.62%. Most people prefer using Chrome browser to browse through the web. To enhance their browsing experience, users depend on add-ons. Chrome hosts a store online from where users can install extensions on their browsers. Each of these extensions are aimed to fulfill a functionality that is not built-in within the browser. To render the intended functionality, these extensions require permissions to interact with the browser.

For example, an extension that is aimed at correcting grammar, would require "read and write" permission to read the contents present in the web page and to make changes when necessary. These permissions would be listed to the users at the time of installation, however users grant permissions without properly investigating what permissions are being granted. Cybercriminals can use extensions, to gain access to users' browsing patterns, account credentials and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) that users provide across websites. With businesses increasingly being carried out on the browsers, these extensions are being granted access to business data well. IT admins have no way of ensuring the security of sensitive enterprise data.

Why should you manage Chrome extensions?

While some Chrome extensions are installed by users merely to enhance their browsing experience, some are mission critical for users to get their work done. So IT admins have to manage Chrome extensions effectively, making sure only trusted extensions are present in their network. Equip yourself with the below tools to efficiently manage Chrome extensions:

  1. Proper visibility into what extensions are present in the network. Based on the insights, IT admins can scrutinize their reliability and take a call on which extensions can be trusted and which cannot.
  2. The next step in managing Chrome extensions would be to remove these unnecessary extensions from the network.

Currently, IT admins have no visibility of what extensions are present in their network. They have no way of knowing what permissions have been granted to these extensions and hence no clarity over which extensions are privy to which sensitive data. This makes it imperative for IT admins to manage Chrome extensions. IT admins can use Browser Security Plus to manage and remove Chrome extensions present in their network. It's Chrome extensions manager provides a clear view into all extensions present on employees' browsers, and it also provides simple and effective way to disable Chrome extensions from a central console.

To manage Chrome extensions and secure your network from data breaches, download a free, 30-day trial of Browser Security Plus and try out these features for yourself.