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.”
Watch this video to learn how you can share your Chromebook with friends, family and others. For more information, visit the Chromebook Help Center at: support.google.com/chromebook
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.
Watch this video to learn how to use your Chromebook keyboard shortcuts. If you run into any issues, check out the Get Help app or visit the Chromebook Help Center at support.google.com/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.
Watch this video to learn how to right click, scroll and use Chromebook touchpad shortcuts. If you run into any issues, check out the Get Help app or visit the Chromebook Help Center at support.google.com/chromebook.
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