MacBook Vs. Chromebook Vs. Windows Laptop: Which Kind Of Computer Is Most Secure?
While Chromebooks are generally considered “casual use” machines, they continue to get more powerful and versatile. And as they continue to do more, the strain on the machine naturally becomes larger. If you’re looking for a great way to quickly and easily keep tabs on what your Chromebook is doing, look no further than Cog.
Google today offered an interesting overview of how it secures Chrome OS. And while much of it will be very familiar to Windows users, there is one aspect to Chrome OS that is quite unique.
“The multiple security layers of Chrome OS work together as part of a cohesive security approach, including automatic updates to provide protection on a recurring basis without disrupting your work,” Google product manager David Karam explains. “Today we’re sharing a closer look at how automatic Chrome OS software updates maintain ongoing security of the platform and devices.”
What you should know before buying
It’s a browser!
The most important thing to know when considering a Chromebook is that you pretty much only get the Chrome web browser. There are some pre-installed apps that run offline and outside the browser (like a calculator, video player, etc.) and more third-party apps are available all the time, but most of your work will be done within a browser window. If you currently find yourself doing most of your daily work in Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer, you may be a good candidate for a Chromebook.
It’s been over a year since Google, with great enthusiasm, showed off how Android apps would transform Chromebooks.
The Google Play Store was coming, and with it millions of Android applications that would resolve the “app gap” keeping Chrome OS from being a serious contender for many. Microsoft Office, social media applications, and even some popular games would help Chromebooks grow beyond their reputation as simple machines that are just for browsing the web.
So you’ve taken the time to consider the Chromebook’s upsides and downsides and decided to get one? Great choice! I got my first Chromebook several months ago and I’ve never been happier with a laptop. And while your mileage may vary, I’m sure you’ll be happy with yours too.
But Chromebooks do come with a learning curve. Your new device will feel weird compared to a MacBook or Surface Laptop, so give it time. After a week or so, I promise you’ll fall in love. That being said, here are several Chromebook tips and tricks to speed up that process.
1. Create Multiple User Profiles
As another school year comes to a close, many schools are packing up their Chromebooks for a 3rd, 4th or even 5th year. These older Chromebooks are likely (or will soon start) experiencing battery issues. This is a great time to check their battery health in preparation for next school year. Here’s how (there’s also a GIF at the bottom of the post):
- Close all open tabs.
- Open Crosh (Chrome OS Developer Shell) using Ctrl+Alt+T
I am a big fan of free classroom tools. Most of the tools that I recommend are free. But sometimes you really should pay for the “pro” or “premium” version of a tool that you use on a regular basis.
There are two reasons you should pay for a tool:
1.To save time
2.To support the tool so that it sticks around
These are the tools I pay to use
Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular. They’re well recognized as being the best operating system for non-tech savvy elderly users, students love them, and according to the latest figures, they boast a massive 58 percent market share in the education sector.
How do you know what to look out for? What are the key specs and features?
If you’re about to hit the shops, read this article first. I’m going to introduce you to seven features your next Chromebook must have.
1. Android Apps Compatibility
Google I/O is an annual developer conference organized and hosted by Google. I/O is an important event during which Google announces features and products that are in development. Some of these products and features will make their way into the classroom.
Last year during Google I/O we learned that Android Apps would soon be available on Chromebooks. Over the past year we have seen access to Google Play on Chromebooks slowly roll out to select Chromebooks as an option beta experience.