Set up Chrome Browser Cloud Management

3. Turn on Chrome browser reporting

As an administrator, you can view reports in the Google Admin console to review Chrome browser activity in your organization. 

Turn on browser reporting

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu and then Devicesand thenChromeand thenSettings. The User & browser settings page opens by default.

    If you signed up for Chrome Browser Cloud Management, go to Menu and then Chrome browserand thenSettings.

  3. Select your top-level organizational unit, so that all child organizations will inherit the policy.
  4. Go to Browser reporting.
  5. Click Managed browser reporting.
  6. Select Enable managed browser cloud reporting.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Restart Chrome browser on users' devices so that it picks up the new policy.

You should then get a report within a minute of Chrome browser restarting. Once a report gets sent, the rest of the fields in the Browser List page will be populated, as well as the Details page. As new reports come in, these fields update accordingly. Currently, report frequency is set to once every 24 hours. If needed, use the Frequency of browser status reporting in hours setting to change the number of hours between successive reports. Enter a value between 3 and 24 hours.

Turn on browser event reporting

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu and then Devicesand thenChromeand thenSettings. The User & browser settings page opens by default.

    If you signed up for Chrome Browser Cloud Management, go to Menu and then Chrome browserand thenSettings.

  3. To apply the setting to all users and enrolled browsers, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit.
  4. Go to Browser reporting.
  5. Click Event reporting.
  6. Select Enable event reporting.
  7. (Optional) Configure additional settings. Choose the reported event types that you need, based on what type of content you want to send for analysis. For details, see Chrome audit log.
    • Default event types—Select All types to allow Chrome browser to report all of the default event types. Or, select Customized and then select the specific event types that you need. Default Chrome threat and data protection events include malware transfer, password reuse, and unsafe site visits.
    • Optional event types—If needed, check the Login and Password Breach boxes, and enter URL patterns.
  8. Click Save. Or, you might click Override for an organizational unit.

    To later restore the inherited value, click Inherit

What gets uploaded from users' devices

Admin activity

You can use the Admin audit log to see a record of actions performed in your Admin console.

For details about what administrator activity data you can view, go to Admin audit log.

Browser policies

Type Example value Remarks
Policy name BookmarkBarEnabled   
Policy source/scope Cloud Machine Policy  
Policy value false  
Policy error Deprecated Any issue with a policy is displayed here.

Browsers & profiles

Type Example value Notes
Chrome browser version 69.0.3497.23  
Chrome browser channel Beta  
Chrome browser path C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome Beta\Application  
Profile name Person 1  
Profile path \Default  
Profile signed in user email person@example.com Available only if there’s a signed user in that profile.
Profile signed in user ID [ID number] An obfuscated ID unique to that user. Available only if there's a signed-in user in that profile.

Extension policies

Type Example value Remarks
Extension ID aapocclcgogkmnckokdopfmhonfmgoek Uniquely identifies the extension to which the policies apply.
Policy name BookmarkBarEnabled   
Policy source/scope Cloud Machine Policy  
Policy value false  
Policy error Deprecated Any issue with a policy is displayed here.

Extensions & plugins

Type Example value Notes
Extension ID aapocclcgogkmnckokdopfmhonfmgoek  
Extension version 0.10  
Extension name Slides  
Extension description User-agent switcher for Chrome is an extension for Google Chrome  
Extension type extension  
Extension homepage URL https://spoofer-extension.appspot.com/about  
Extension icon Google Drive  
Extension install type Normal Whether the extension was force-installed by the administrator, or installed by the user.
Extension enabled status Enabled  
Extension host permissions “webRequest”, “cookies” Learn more about host permissions.
Extension permissions “tabs”, “devtools” Learn more about Chrome extension permissions.
Plugin name Chrome PDF Plugin  
Plugin version 2.0  
Plugin description Portable Document Format  
Plugin file name internal-pdf-viewer  

Machine information

Type Example value Notes
BIOS serial number [alphanumeric string]  
Device management token (DM token) [alphanumeric string] Generated during enrollment to uniquely identify the device.
Machine name DESKTOP1 The name of the machine.
OS user CORP\User1 The user's name as reported by the OS.
OS version Windows 10.0.17134.165 The version of the OS the browser is running on.
OS arch x86_64 The architecture of the device the browser is running on.
Machine Id [ID number] This value is platform specific.

After setup

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