Web Usage policies control the collection of web usage data from the Chrome browser on your Chromebook and Windows devices. Activate the Web Usage policy if you want to view information about the websites and webpages that your users visited most recently.
IMPORTANT The Web Usage policy collects sensitive information about a user’s web browsing activity. Web usage data may be subject to privacy laws in your jurisdiction. Before activating the Web Usage policy, review and understand the applicable privacy laws. Also ensure that you activate the policy in only those policy groups that contain the devices you want to monitor.
You can activate Web Usage policies on supported Chromebook and Windows devices that meet the following prerequisites:
- The Absolute for Chromebooks Extension is deployed and activated on each device.
- The system time on each device is correct.
- Windows devices:
- The latest version of the Absolute agent is deployed and activated on the Windows devices.
- The Chrome browser is installed on each device.
In the current release, Web Usage policies can collect data from the Chrome browser only.
NOTE Web activity that occurs while a user is browsing in Incognito mode is not detected.
To disallow Incognito mode on your Chromebooks, log in to the Google Admin console and go to the Security section in Device management > Chrome > Setting.
To disable Incognito mode in the Chrome browser on your Windows devices, use Windows Group Policy. For more information, see Windows documentation.
For Chromebooks, the Web Usage Collection (WUC) component of the Absolute for Chromebooks Extension is responsible for collecting web usage information. When you activate a Web Usage policy, the WUC component is activated on each device after its next successful connection to the Absolute Monitoring Center. Going forward, the component tracks web usage on each device and uploads the collected data every hour using a secure connection. You can view the last 7 days of data in Absolute reports.
For Windows devices, a Chrome extension is responsible for collecting web usage information. When you activate a Web Usage policy, the Web Monitoring Agent (WMA) component is deployed to each Windows device. The WMA component adds the extension to Chrome’s extension configuration, which prompts the Chrome browser to install the Absolute Analytics extension from the Chrome Web Store. Device users will see an Absolute icon to the right of the address bar. The Absolute Analytics extension will also show on their Chrome browser's Extension page but they can't disable or remove it. Going forward, the extension tracks web usage in each device's Chrome browser and uploads the collected data every hour using a secure connection. You can view the past 7 days of data in Absolute reports.
IMPORTANT Data is available for all web activity that occurs after the activation date of the Web Usage policy. The collected data is available in Absolute reports for 7 days only.
The Web Usage policy collects the following information about each visit to a webpage:
- URL and title of the webpage
- Time spent with the page in focus
After you activate a Web Usage policy, the extension begins to track web usage on the devices associated with the applicable policy group and uploads it to the Absolute Monitoring Center every hour. A nightly job compiles the data collected over the last 24 hours and recalculates the average web usage over the past 7 days. You can view your devices' web usage in the Weekly Web Usage report and the Rising Web Usage report.