Google Chrome 32 is out, and with this latest update, the web giant has brought some really handy new features to the table such as Tab indicators to identify noisy tabs, automatic blocking of malware and lots more. But one feature that I found utterly fascinating is the new Supervised Users option that gives you full control over Chrome’s user management, allowing you to add browsing restrictions for your supervised users, as well as monitor their web activity. In what follows, we’ll take a closer look at how this new feature works.
At its very basic, the Supervised Users features allows the main Chrome account to administer multiple sub-accounts that have been added to Chrome. A supervised user will have their browsing activity monitored through a web-based control panel, from where the Admin can view the sites they’ve been visiting, as well as block access to certain websites for their account. The feature is still in beta but works really well, and can help you monitor your children’s activity on the web.
Getting started with Supervised Users is dead simple. First make sure you’ve signed into your Google account in Chrome. Having done that, click Settings from the menu.
Scroll down in the Settings tab until you see the ‘Users’ section, and then click the ‘Add new user’ button.
In the following window that pops up, you will notice that in addition to selecting the new user’s avatar and name, Chrome now also lets you set the account as a supervised one by toggling the “This is a supervised user managed by <your Google account address>.”
Supervised users cannot access the Admin account or the users control panel. Speaking of the latter, you can access this web-based dashboard by simply going to chrome.com/manage. The barebones dashboard carries the list of users on the left, while the main activity section, user type and permissions options are displayed on the right. The Permissions feature allows you to block sites and lock/unlock Google’s Safesearch option for the selected user.
If you want to block a website or domain, click ‘Manage’ located near the Permissions section, type in the website URL, select the restriction type under Behavior, and click OK.
Parental control has long been missing in major web browsers but Google has done a good job including it in the latest version of Chrome in the most intuitive way. Let us know whether you find this new feature useful or not.