Tines browser extension configuration guide

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Written by Aaron SandowSales Engineer, Tines

Professionals working in Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) enjoy playing detective, researcher, analyzer, and communicator. With Tines, there’s a better way to quickly get answers for some of the most common questions that can tip off more strategic (read: exciting, fulfilling, meaningful) threat intelligence research. Hybrid automation helps to replace the tedious, repetitive, technical collection and contextualization steps to get to the ‘good stuff’ where the security professional shines. Using a browser extension, Tines can provide enrichment for Indicators of compromise (IoCs) any time you’d like. Below, we will walk through how you can quickly create a browser extension with Tines and start enriching IPs.

Step one: create your story 

For this tutorial, you should use the Chrome browser. 

  • Before you begin, you'll need to create a VirusTotal account if you don't already have one, or any enrichment tool of your choice, and retrieve your API key.

  • To retrieve your API key, sign in to your account and you will find it as a menu item under your user name on the right-hand side.

  • Using this API key, create a credential in your Tines team for this tool. Next, download our pre-prepared browser extension (.zip).

  • Following this, log into Tines and import the following story to your tenant, or create a new tenant and import.

Loading story...

Once you have the components of the story, navigate to the Tines page within your story and copy the link for your Tines page:

Keep the page URL to hand, we will need it for the next step.

Step two: adding the endpoints 

Next, in the zip file you downloaded, you'll need to modify the contents of the file.

Configure your browser extension 

  • Open the eventPage.js file, which will look like the below.

var Tines = {
    "id": "Tines",
    "title": "Tines",
    "contexts": ['selection']

chrome.runtime.onInstalled.addListener(() => {

function fixedEncodeURI (str) {
    return encodeURI(str).replace('/%5B/g', '[').replace('/%5D/g', ']');

chrome.contextMenus.onClicked.addListener(function(contextClick) {
  if(contextClick.selectionText && contextClick.menuItemId == "Tines"){
    var Tines = "Tines-Page-URL?text="+fixedEncodeURI(contextClick.selectionText);

  • You'll need to modify line 20.

  • Remove the portion of line 20 that reads: Tines-Page-URL, but preserve the ‘?text=’ parameter of the line.

  • Replace ‘Tines-Page-URL’ with the link you copied from the Tines page; from step one above.

  • It should look like this, but with your specific tenant details: https://tenant-domain.tines.com/pages/<uniqueguid>?text=

Save the now modified eventPage.js in the file originally downloaded.

Loading the extension into your browser: 

  • Go to your extensions manager.

  • You can access extensions by clicking the puzzle piece in your browser or the hamburger menu in the top right corner, and clicking “Manage Extension”.

  • Make sure you have 'Developer mode' toggled on.  Follow step two of these instructions for a breakdown

  • Click the Load Unpacked option on the top left.

  • Upload the file Tines Chrome Extension.

Once the extension is added and visible in your extensions manager, you will see Tines when you right click your highlighted IPs:

Import IPs from abuseipdb.com or whichever site you use. Upon highlighting text and then clicking “Tines”, the highlighted text should be sent to your linked Tines story.

For a more in-depth look at this process, check out this webinar, presented by Aaron.

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