Google- Browser Extensions

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What are extensions?

Extensions are small software programs that customize the browsing experience. They enable users to tailor Chrome functionality and behavior to individual needs or preferences. An extension must fulfill a single purpose that is narrowly defined and easy to understand. A single extension can include multiple components and a range of functionality, as long as everything contributes towards a common purpose. User interfaces should be minimal and have intent. Extensions can range from a simple icon, such as the  Google Mail Checker extension shown to the right, to overriding an entire page. google_mail_pic.JPG

The District has installed and manages some Google chrome extensions that can not be changes by students & staff.                                                                  

Example of a Good Extension relating to Boise Schools

There are some developers that create extensions that modify the behavior of Chrome in a negative way.  For example, adware developers may install Chrome extensions without your permission that inject advertisements on the web pages that you are viewing, change your search provider to a site under their control, change the new tab page, or hijack your home page.

You can see an example of a malicious extension called Search-NewTab that injects advertisements in the image below. It goes without saying that you should always remove malicious Google Chrome extensions when you encounter them.

Example of a Malicious Chrome Extension:Malicious Chrome Extension

Click here for further information from Google on how to Install and manage google chrome extensions.

If there is an extension that is currently blocked please submit a help ticket for the extension to be investigated and vetted to insure CIPA compliance and validity.

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