Google Chrome It is the browser that users use the most. Either for work or for inquiries, it has a preferential place over the rest. Little by little more news appears that seek to facilitate navigation. It is the case of extensions. However, some users do not have them all with them and are not satisfied with everything that these new features offer. If this is your case, here we will explain how manage Y limit the use of extensions in Google Chrome.
The number of extensions that can be installed in Google Chrome are innumerable and fulfill all kinds of functions. Applications can be found for block ads, in order to download videos or music, navigate faster, save passwords or even pull some that help us in the use of our social media.
Installing an extension in Google Chrome is very easy and can be done in a few clicks. However, you should know that, when you do so, you will be allowing the browser to access the information of your data. If you configure them by default, the moment you enter any web page, the extension will start to act automatically.
Extensions are sometimes a double-edged sword. Although they make your search a better experience, it is possible that the browser slows down. Also, as recently learned, there are some extensions that are stealing data and accessing them improperly. Whatever the reason, you may want to have control over some of the extensions that you have installed in Google Chrome and limit its use on certain websites. Here, we will learn some notions about it.
Know the permissions of your extensions
First of all, it is important to know that any order and action applied to an extension is reversible. For example, if at some point we regret having granted or limited a permit, we can revert to the previous state.
The most advisable principle is to know in detail all the information of each extension that we have installed in our browser. So we will know what we are up against. We can do this by entering Google Chrome. From there, we access the menu More (the three vertical dots located at the top right). Next, we click on More Tools and then on the tab Extensions.
We will then find a screen where all the available extensions appear. If we click on the button Details of each one of them, we will have access to all the information of this complement.
There will be a brief description about the function that the extension performs, its size, as well as the permissions to which it has access. Likewise, we will know the version of this application and, above all, the source Of the same. This last option is very useful to know if the extension comes from an official provider or a suspicious site.
Steps to manage extensions
Before going on to know how you can manage extensions and their access to certain websites, let’s remember how you can install extensions. It is very quick and easy.
- You just have to access the Store extensions of Google Chrome. You can search for them by topics, categories or ratings. It is also possible to go directly to one of these plugins from the search bar.
- Once you have opted for an extension, select it and click on the button Add to Chrome, which is in the upper right. As we have said, some extensions require certain permissions, as well as access to data. Therefore, if you trust it, accept these permissions and choose Add extension.
You can repeat this step as many times as you want and with any extension, paying special attention to its safety.
Access the extensions menu
After this short reminder on how to install an extension, we will know how to manage the extensions and limit their permissions. To access the extensions menu, there are alternatives to which we have already detailed a few lines above.
Inside the Google Chrome browser, paste the following path in the urls bar: chrome: // extensions /. The menu will appear directly with a complete list of the installed extensions. Likewise, from the upper task bar of the browser, we will find the puzzle piece icon. If we click on it and select in Manage extensions, we will also arrive at the same place.
Allow extensions to read or change data
- At this point, choose the extension on which you want to act and click on the button Details.
- Now go to the section Permissions, where you will find a description with the functions of this plugin, as well as the permissions it has. Some can read and modify website data. Three options will be presented here.
- If you choose Clicking, you will allow the extension to access the web page where you are if you activate it yourself by clicking. You will find the extension in the right part of the window, by clicking on the puzzle icon. From there you can activate or set it.
- If within On specific sites you will be allowing the extension to always change or read data on the specific web page. In this case, you can add all the websites you want.
- Finally, if you opt for the option On all websites, you will be giving the extension to read and change data on all the pages you browse.
Allow or block the extension’s access to a website
In the same way that you can manage the permissions of a certain extension, it is also possible that a plugin does not have access to one, several or all the websites. Where this is possible, it is done as follows.
- Access the extensions menu in some of the ways that we have already detailed: More – More Tools – Extensions.
- Click on the button Details and within Permissions, you can add or remove addresses. If you don’t see this option, you must have the tab activated On specific sites within the section Allow this extension to read and change all the data of the websites you visit.
- Just to the right of the option Allowed sites, click Add and you will have to type the url of the web page on which you want to limit the access of the extension. You can include as many as you want. To undo this option, you just have to click on the three vertical points and choose Put off.
Uninstall an extension
If you want to cut your losses, it is also possible to directly disable an extension, if you want to try browsing without it before deciding on a definitive option. In this case, you must click on the slider button located under the extension icon and will be disabled.
One more step is to click on the button Put off. You can also do it by clicking on Details and, at the end of the menu, click on Remove extension. If you want to be even more sure, go to the puzzle icon next to the address bar. Click on it and then click on the button More (three vertical points). Here, choose the option Uninstall from Chrome, report inappropriate use and select Put off as the last step.
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