Blog

Tip of the Week: How to Add User Profile Management to Google Chrome

b2ap3_thumbnail_add_profile_management_400.jpgGoogle’s web browser Chrome has a ton of nifty features that users can take advantage of. One of them is the ability to “lock” browser windows, and to allow only certain guest users access to the Internet through Google Chrome.

Why have you never seen this function before? It’s simple, really - the mad scientists at Google probably felt like their experimental add-ons weren’t ready for the world to use yet, and they demand use from only the best, brightest, and bravest individuals. By this, we are referring to the disclaimer at the top of the web page, chrome://flags:

experiments may bite

While your computer might not spontaneously combust, these add-ons do warn the users that they may come with certain unwanted functions, such as deleting browser history, private information, security information, and randomly disappearing at any given time. This means that you should always be using the most up-to-date version of Chrome, as well as using a quality antivirus software and firewall solution.

Here are the steps you must take to lock your Google Chrome browser window:

Step 1: Finding the Right Add-On
In order to locate the list, visit the chrome://flags web page that we mentioned above. This will bring up a list of all experimental features that are associated with Google Chrome. You are looking for Enable new profile management system:

directions to enable profile management

It’s a fair ways down the page, so to save yourself a lot of time and reading, simply use the CTRL+F (find) function to locate the correct feature.

Step 2: Enabling the Add-On
Once the not-so-hard part of finding the appropriate add-on is over with, all you need to do is click on Enable. Then, all you need to do is re-launch Google Chrome and the extension will be active.

You’ll notice that the sign-in screen looks similar to those used by Microsoft Windows operating systems. You select a user and enter in your Google account password, and you’re all set to browse the Internet. This helps protect your web browser from those who would use it to look at peculiar… things, without your permission.

Kinks in the System
As with most software add-ons, there are some undesirable features that come with this basic user login system. For those who have two Google accounts associated with their system user profile, you will not be able to logout of your primary account to use Google Drive with another one. This makes it difficult to move between two accounts at will, and can be infuriating for those who must use more than one account. Furthermore, the primary Google account for the browser would save open windows and tabs, but the secondary accounts would not, instead opening up to Google’s home page.

Of course, if you don’t like the way that something is working, you can always remove it by visiting chrome://flags and clicking Disable, then relaunching Google Chrome.

This add-on is a good security measure for your browser, but keep in mind that, while using a Chrome add-on is a good idea to keep unwanted users off of your computer, you will still want to have an enterprise-level network security solution in place to safeguard against malware and hackers.

Related Articles

  • Tip of the Week: Prime Your Business for a Successful 2019 As 2018 progresses, certain technologies and implementations are becoming more prominently used by businesses. These trends are anticipated to continue, so it only makes sense to embrace these technologies sooner rather than later. Today, we’ll review some of these technologies, why they are expecte...
  • Tip of the Week: Download the Second Windows 10 Update of 20... Windows 10 just got a second update for 2018. Some experts think this many major updates to the OS is too many, but when you start to look at the features available through this second update, you may be happy that Microsoft has decided to release it (and re-release it). Today, we’ll take a look at ...
  • Three Gifts for Your IT Resource The holiday season is here, and the spirit of giving is in the air. Why not give the IT professional in your life a few things that they’ve been wishing for all year? Here, we’ve compiled a list of things you can give them, some of which will cost you (and your business) nothing. Wish One: Securi...
  • Tip of the Week: Using Microsoft Word to Edit a PDF Document In case you’re looking for a nice alternative PDF file-editing software, the most recent version of Microsoft Word can do so. Since the investment for Adobe Acrobat isn’t for everyone, you can instead turn to the tried-and-true all-purpose word processing software to edit your PDF files. Open the P...
  • Tip of the Week: Are You at Risk Due to the IoT? The Internet of Things is now a commonality. IoT devices are in our homes, in our offices, and in our pockets. While these devices are incredibly convenient, they also contribute to some major security risks. For today’s tip, we’ll review some of the ways to reduce these risks while still leveraging...
  • Tip of the Week: Did You Know Your Computer Can Do All This? Your computer is mostly just a machine used to accomplish specific tasks. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t know all of the advanced tips that help you get the most out of it, though. Here are some of the best shortcuts that you can use to take full advantage of your workstation. WindowsYour Win...
With the surge in the number of small and medium businesses that have fallen prey to malware and cyber criminals, there is a lot of focus of what an organization can do to prevent being a victim and how the company should handle themselves after an attack. There is another key factor to preventing cyber criminals from penetrating into your network:...

- Onsite Service Coverage Area -

Onsite Computer Support Services are available to businesses within 100 miles of Nashua New Hampshire. We have excellent onsite coverage from Concord NH, south through Manchester NH and then down into Boston. From Northern and Central Mass we cover from Worcester, east to the North Shore, including the Salem and Portsmouth NH area.

 

603-889-0800

White Mountain IT Services
33 Main Street Suite 302
Nashua, New Hampshire 03064

 

 padlock1  Cyber Security Toolkit

cloud desktop2 Cloud Desktop Login

Open Positions