How to Control a Chrome Extension’s Permissions

Now you don’t need to worry about adding a few more extensions in Chrome. You can now control the permissions after installing an extension. Earlier, extensions require to access all data on the websites you visit. Meaning they were able to change or read the data on every site that you visit. Now Google has given this feature that will help you to customize this option according to your need. In this article, you will know how to control the permission of a Chrome extension.

Though, at the time of installation, you have to agree on the “Read and change all your data on the websites you visit” permission. But later on, after the installation, you can change it.

How to Alter a Chrome Extension’s Permissions?

The quick way to alter the permission of a Chrome Extension is to right click on it and hover your mouse on “This can read and change site data” option then select the options according to your need. These options are explained below.

How to Control Chrome Extension Permission

When you click the extension

If you choose this option, the extension will not be able to see any data on any website. To allow it to access the information on a site you have to click on the extension. Then it will be able to access the data on the current tab website. This option is helpful in reducing the system resource usage as well as protecting your confidential information.

On {a Website}

If you want the extension to work only on a particular website, then choose this option. The extension will be able to read and change data on the website that you opened in the current tab. It will not work on other websites.

On all sites

This is the default option. If you choose this option, the extension can read and change the data on every website that you open. Meaning, it will do the desired job on all sites in every tab.

Besides these options, you can furthermore customize the permissions on the Extension page. Follow below guidelines to do that.

How to Customize the Extension Permissions on Chrome?

If you want an extension to run on particular websites, then you can add the list on the extension page. Click on the Menu button, hover your mouse on More tools, then click on Extensions.

Customize Extension Permission 1

Now locate the extension which settings you want to customize and click on Details button.

Customize Extension Permission 2

In the Permissions section, locate “Allow this extension to read and change all your data on websites you visit” click on the drop-down option besides this setting and choose On specific sites.

Customize Extension Permission 3

Now enter the URL of the website and click on Add button.

Customize Extension Permission 4

To add another website in the allowed list, click on Add option. To Edit or Remove a site from the list, click on the three vertical dots beside the URL.

Customize Extension Permission 5

To know more about the Site Access go to Google Answer Page.

How will this Feature help you?

Well, if you are like me who has almost half a dozen of extensions in the Chrome, then it is going to help you a lot. When you open a new website, all these extensions starts working on that websites; they consume RAM and Processor to do the desired job. When you open a few more tabs, you will feel it. Your PC becomes sluggish and unresponsive.

Now you can enable a particular extension when you want it to do the job. It will not consume the resources on the websites that you don’t want the extension to run.

If you are experiencing an adware problem then check – How to remove Adware from Google Chrome.

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