Whether you share a computer with one other person or ten people, you should always consider the use of a password on Google Chrome. The age-old saying, “Sharing is caring,” is really bad advice for a group of individuals sharing a web browser and accounts. And don’t forget, the very obvious breach of privacy like passwords, your browser history and bookmarks.
Believe it or not, Google Chrome had that feature. Did you miss it? Probably. It came and it went. Google axed a very useful feature that would allow you to create additional profiles within Google Chrome and have a single account lord over them. It was known as the “supervisor” profile. The Supervisor profile would bar one account from viewing the browser activity of another account. When you run a business, with several people using one computer, that kind of power could come in handy. But, alas, it’s no longer around.
Make Use of PassBrow Chrome Extension
PassBrow is the answer to your woes. It can successfully lock Google Chrome with a password as soon as anyone tries to open Google Chrome. You have the opportunity to set a password and, when someone double-clicks Google Chrome, they’ll need the password in order to access the web browser. And, as a bonus, if someone decides to hang over your shoulder (which people will, especially at work), simple press and hold Ctrl + Shift + 9. It will block your browser right on the spot.
Admittedly, that could get old fast. After all, you’ll need the password, too. But, when you think about it, that’s the price one pays to keep their browser safe from prying eyes.
Installing PassBrow Chrome Extension
1. Open Google Chrome and head on over to the Chrome Web Store homepage.
2. In the top left corner of the homepage, click on Search the store. Go ahead and type in “PassBrow,” and hit the Enter key. Select it from the search results.
3. In the upper right corner of PassBrow’s information page, click Try now. This will install the trial version of PassBrow and send you to PassBrow’s extension options.
- If PassBrow is exactly what you were looking for, consider buying the extension and supporting the developer.
4. Head down to Allow in incognito. On the same line, move the slider to the right. This will active PassBrow for Incognito Mode.
5. Now, head down again to Extension options and click it. It’s just below “Allow in incognito”. It will redirect you.
6. Click the blank field next to Password. Type in a password and do the same for Confirm Password. Afterwards, click Save.
- If you want to use additional options provided, you’ll have to purchase the full version. However, the password works just fine as a lock.
The trial version of PassBrow can adequately provide what you’re looking for, but it’s very limited. You may have no choice but to buy the full version to use it to its fullest extent. With that being said, if you find yourself forgetting your password, you’ll have to completely uninstall Google Chrome. Consider writing the password down somewhere and hiding it, just don’t forget where you put the paper, too.