How to Make Your Chromebook as Safe as Possible

Considered as one of the most secure consumer-focused operating systems, Chromebook makes us impressed by its inherent security features. However, you may be more surprised because Chromebook can even keep your data safe when it is lost or stolen. Here are how you can make it more secure.

Start With Your Google Account

Similar to securing your Android phone, you can also protect your Chromebook before signing in. Since Chrome OS uses your Google account for literally things, you have to ensure your Google account is safe. While Chromebook’s security allows you to choose a secure password, it is also necessary to enable two-factor authentication (2FA). You can freely choose a slew of 2FA options for your Google account, such as SMS codes, code-less 2FA, which uses a prompt on your phone, U2F keys, and so on. Select whatever you like, but the recommended option is a U2F key. To enable 2FA for your Google account, from the My Account, navigate 2-Step Verification menu. Next, continue and run a security check while you are present.

Install All Available Updates like a Powerwash

Constant updates are among the ways Google uses to make Chromebooks as secure and durable as possible. Despite some small inconveniences, you should ensure that these updates are installed as soon as they appear in your system. Click on the reboot button when there is an update available. Nevertheless, we recommend you to regularly check the About Chrome menu in Settings > Menu > About Chrome, which allows you to know whether Chromebook is up to date or not. Apart from that, you may know if a Powerwash update is available. Powerwash is known as a factory reset tool to clean the device. However, you then need to sign in and set up your Chromebook again as Chrome OS keeps everything backed up and synced. But there is one thing you should note that the Downloads folder will not be automatically backed up.

Check Privacy and Security Menu

Within the Privacy and Security menu (Settings > Advanced > Privacy and Security), you can also see a few relevant features you would like to pay attention to. For instance, you want to make sure that Safe Browsing is activated so that you can be alerted to potentially dangerous sites. Besides, enabling the “improve Safe Browsing” feature is also easy just with sending some system info and page contents back to Google.

Activate Find My Device on Chromebooks with Android Apps menu

In case you are using a Chromebook that can access the Google Play Store, you should make sure that Find My Device (or Android Device Manager) is turned on. After that, locate your Chromebook when it gets lost or stolen.

You can enable this by default. Specifically, you can also explore it in Settings > Google Play Store > Manage Android Preferences > Google > Security > Find My Device.

As soon as you see the menu, toggle the switch in the upper corner on. From now, if your device is lost or stolen, you can attempt to track its location remotely.

 

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