Allow an admin to monitor your computer

If you access your corporate account on a work or personal computer, your administrator might want to see information about the device, such as the operating system, serial number, or whether the device has a password. To allow your admin to see this information, you need to set up endpoint verification.

Supported computers include: 

  • Apple® Mac®
  • Devices running Chrome OS
  • Linux® Debian® and Ubuntu®
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 and 10

What's endpoint verification?

Administrators in your organization use endpoint verification to see information about computers that are accessing corporate data. For admins to use endpoint verification, you need to install Chrome Browser, the Endpoint Verification extension, and possibly the native helper app on your computer. If you do, your admin can see:

  • Your device ID, serial number, type, and operating system.
  • Your name and corporate email address. 
  • The first and last time your computer synchronized corporate data, including any encryption and password details.
  • Whether your device follows your organization’s policies (Chrome devices only). 

Set up endpoint verification

Your admin can automatically install the Endpoint Verification extension for you. If you have a Mac, Windows, or Linux device, they might ask you to install it. 

  1. On devices running Chrome OS, sign in to the device with the corporate account that you will use to set up endpoint verification.
  2. Open Chrome Browser. If you need to download the browser, see Download & install Google Chrome
  3. (Mac, Windows, and Linux only) On the browser toolbar, if you don’t see the Endpoint Verification Endpoint Verification extension, you need to install it. Open Endpoint Verification and click Add to Chrome.
  4. On the toolbar on the extension, if you see Exception Exception, click the extension to open it. 
  5. If prompted, click Add Account and enter your corporate email address and password.
  6. You might see a message that the native helper app isn’t on your device. If you have a Mac or Windows computer, click Install it and follow the steps to install the native helper. If you have a Linux computer, see Install the native helper app (Linux only)
  7. Click the extension again and then Sync Now.

Install the native helper app (Linux only)

  1. At the top left, click Activities and enter terminal to open a terminal. 
  2. Enter the following commands to add the package source and import the key:
    1. $ echo “deb https://packages.cloud.google.com/apt endpoint-verification main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/endpoint-verification.list 
    2. $ curl https://packages.cloud.google.com/apt/doc/apt-key.gpg | sudo apt-key add -
  3. Enter the following commands to update and install endpoint verification:
    1. $ sudo apt-get update
    2. $ sudo apt-get install endpoint-verification
  4. Open Chrome Browser and on the toolbar, click Endpoint Verification Endpoint Verification and then Sync Now.

Sync information about your computer

After you set up endpoint verification, information about your computer automatically synchronizes to your admin.

To manually sync information:

  1. On the browser toolbar, click Endpoint Verification Endpoint Verification.
    You can see the last time the computer synced information with your organization.
  2. Click Sync now to manually sync information. 

Uninstall Endpoint Verification

If you installed the Endpoint Verification extension from the Chrome Web Store, you can remove it from your computer. If an admin automatically installed it on your computer, then an admin needs to remove it for you.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome Browser.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then More tools and then Extensions.
  3. On the Endpoint Verification extension, click Remove.
    You can use the search bar at the top to find it. 
  4. Click Remove to confirm.

Uninstall the native helper app (Mac, Windows, and Linux only)

Linux

  1. At the top left, click Activities and enter terminal to open a terminal. 
  2. Enter $sudo apt-get remove endpoint-verification.

Mac

  1. Open Finder and and navigate to Macintosh HD and then Library and thenApplication Support
    Note: If you don’t see Macintosh HD, at the top left, click Finder and then Preferences and then Sidebar and check the Hard disks box.
  2. Drag the SecureConnect folder into the Trash.
  3. At the top left, click Finder and then Empty Trash.

Windows

  1. Click Start and then Control Panel.
  2. Click Programs and then Programs and Features.
  3. Double-click Google SecureConnect.
  4. Click Uninstall.

 

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