A Primer on Chrome Browser Settings for Windows 10

  • October 14, 2019

Ever since its release in 2008, Google Chrome has been preferred by users across diverse industries for a seamless browsing experience. Owing to its popularity & familiarity among users, businesses deploying kiosks prefer using Google chrome. These kiosks can be retail kiosks that enable customers to make online purchases, kiosks deployed at airports and transport hubs to provide browsing access or kiosk devices used for education. 

For businesses and organizations deploying Windows 10 devices as kiosks, configuring Chrome browser settings is imperative to avoid device misuse, control excess data costs, avoid distractions while working & provide a secure browsing environment. With Scalefusion, IT admins can configure Chrome Browser settings in Windows 10 on enrolled Windows 10 devices. With Scalefusion MDM, IT teams can gain granular control over Windows 10 devices by configuring them as kiosk devices, enforcing single-app mode and allowing or blocking applications. With Scalefusion, IT admins can populate a list of whitelisted websites. To further unleash the powerful features and popularity of Chrome browser for business, IT admins can control the Chrome Browser settings in Windows 10. 

Here are the diverse Chrome browser  settings that IT admins can configure using Scalefusion MDM:

1. Startup

IT admins can configure the home page settings by enforcing a homepage URL, always opening a new tab when a user logs in or by giving the control of the home page to the user. Administrators can also force hide the home button on the Chrome browser. By configuring the startup settings of Chrome browser, IT can prevent users from navigating to other websites that are allowed on the device, especially when the devices are deployed for browsing a particular business website. When the desired website is available as home page, it can help in saving precious user time and improve user engagement. 

2. User experience

One of the prime reasons why 71% of the desktop users prefer Google Chrome for browsing is for its uncomplicated & straightforward user experience. Scalefusion aids IT admins in enhancing the user experience of Google Chrome with a bunch of Chrome Browser settings in Windows 10. For quick and easy access to the whitelisted websites, IT admins can create a bookmarks folder and add the desired whitelisted websites to it. They can also enable or disable bookmark bar, allow/block editing of bookmarks and disable autofill while using the Chrome browser in Windows 10. IT teams can also allow or block developer tools on Chrome browser in managed Windows 10 devices.

Also read: How to Configure Microsoft Kiosk Browser App in Single App Mode

3. Content 

Configuring the content settings of Chrome browser in Windows 10 devices enables the IT admins to extend a flawless browsing experience to the users while upkeeping the device sanity. IT can set cookie policies, allow/block pop-ups, javascript and flash plugins to ensure an uninterrupted content experience. Further, IT teams can enforce safe search and set restrictions on YouTube to control the content displayed and played over Google Chrome in Windows 10 devices. 

4. Security

Public browser kiosks and shared kiosk devices are vulnerable to identity theft and compromise of user privacy. In public spaces such as transport hubs, hotel and hospital waiting areas, it is crucial to maintain optimum security for each browsing session. With Scalefusion, IT admins can get a hold of Chrome settings on Windows 10 kiosk devices and can secure the end-to-end browsing experience for the users. IT admins can control browser sign-in, allow/block users from saving the passwords on the Chrome browser, can enforce auto-erase on user data on session end and can allow/block websites to collect location data from the browser. IT admins can configure Chrome settings in Windows 10 to prevent users from accessing malicious websites.

IT admins can allow or block Incognito mode, can force enable/disable browser history and allow/block users from deleting browser history. These settings are crucial for Windows 10 devices deployed in educational environments where the schools need to keep a tab on browsing as well as the device location. 

5. Network

Using Scalefusion, IT admins can set up network proxy settings on Chrome browser in Windows 10 devices. IT admins can enforce auto-detect, disable or submit Proxy URL or Pac file. 

Also read: How to Run Chrome Browser in Single App Mode on Windows 10

6. Search

With Scalefusion, configuring search engines on Windows 10 kiosk browser with Google Chrome is streamlined. IT admins can control the search engine used on the Chrome browser, paving the way for better security and administered search on kiosk devices. For mission-specific devices, configuring the default search engines is crucial. First, IT admins have to whitelist the websites that are to be allowed on the Windows 10 kiosk device. Further, IT admins can configure the default search provider for the Chrome browser. IT admins can also force enable or disable search suggestions.

7. Printing

For devices connected to a printer, IT admins can force enable or disable printer, allow or block Google cloud print to keep a tab over the printer usage in an organization deploying Windows 10 kiosk browser. Users can also initiate Cloud Printer Management by allowing or blocking users from adding new printer connections.

By configuring Chrome Browser settings in Windows 10 using Scalefusion, IT teams can do more with their kiosk browsers deployed for business or education.  Explore the capabilities for Windows 10 devices by managing them using Scalefusion Windows 10 MDM.

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Renuka Shahane is a Sr. Content Writer at Scalefusion. An engineering graduate, an Apple junkie and an avid reader, she has a 5+ years of experience in content creation, content strategy and PR for technology and web based startups.

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