Installed by your Google Workspace for Education admin. Tracks IP, user, timestamp data for school managed devices and users only.
What is Gopher Buddy?
Gopher Buddy is a Chrome extension for school-managed devices. It captures username, IP, start time, session duration, and offers high-resolution usage history and network IP reporting. Furthermore, it facilitates role-based access to session information and device metadata. It also encourages users to update their devices to prevent OS obsolescence. Administrative installation and a valid license are required. Note: Gopher Buddy does not track browsing history.
Are you a student, parent or teacher looking to understand what Gopher Buddy does? Have questions about privacy?
These resources may help: -https://amplifiedlabs.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360051865934-Frequently-Asked-Questions-for-end-users
The Gopher Buddy Chrome Extension partners with the Chrome Gopher Add-on to boost your fleet’s OS health and offers high-resolution usage history and network IP reporting on Chrome devices, as well as a handy way for students and staff to access key device info.
Allows domain Administrators to capture username, IP address, start time, and session duration on MANAGED Chromebooks. Does NOT track browsing history.
Gives end users role-based access to recent session information and device metadata like Serial Number and Asset ID.
Nudges users to update and reboot their Chrome devices. Helps prevent Chromebooks from falling behind more than 3 OS versions.
User reviews summary
- Does more good than bad
- Only the school board has access to information
- Does not affect web browsers on main computer, but only on school-set up Chromebooks
- Tracks user's every move
- Cannot be easily removed
- Claims to run only on manged devices is false, it runs on all devices with the same account
- Tracks IP and other personal information
- Inappropriate content and ads pop up
- Tracks IP and personal information
- Unable to remove extension
- Invasion of privacy
- Runs on all devices with the same account
Gopher Buddy may not be safe to use and it requires some risky permissions. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing.
Gopher Buddy is probably trust-worthy. Prefer other publishers if available. Exercise caution when installing this extension.
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