Why Everhour extension asks access to all sites

People ask us what Everhour extension can and can't do with websites and pages they visit on their browser. This article will try to explain that and also we give an explanation to this scary message: "It can read and change all your data on websites you visit and can communicate with cooperating websites".

Do you really need to have access to my websites?

Yes, we do. We require it because we add our time tracking functionality directly to your integrated tools, like Asana or Trello. We can't show a timer or let you add an estimate without accessing the page where you list your tasks you wish to track time for.

We are not alone here and all other competitors do the same. Please take a look at just some of them, they also ask to give permissions to let them add their embeds.

What our extension can and can't see or do

The message saying about data on the websites you visit is not 100% true. It is valid only where you intend to track time, like on app.asana.com where your tasks are located. We don't see any passwords for your account or any other sensitive data. And there is no access that we have to any other websites that we don't integrate with, like your Gmail for instance.

Why don't we specify that information during the installation? There are two reasons:

1. Everhour allows time tracking in many apps at one time, so we never know what tool you are going to use. In our company, for example, we track time in Github issues and Asana tasks, so Everhour works with these two websites.

2. Some of the integrations work with custom domains (Jira, Teamwork) and we could let you track time there too, but first need to add this domain to our extension directory. So specifying what websites we visit means we need to list all these custom client domains (correctly a list of almost 100 teams).

Can I somehow limit the extension access?

Yes, you can specify or even completely prevent our extension to access your website. Please read the dedicated article on how to do that for Chrome here, and for Firefox here. Please mind that Everhour does not guarantee a stable time tracking inside your PM tools after you restrict access.

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