Entries by Hewie Poplock

Malware Does Affect Chrome OS & It’s Because Of Android

Traditional Viruses are non-existent on Chromebooks and other Chrome OS gadgets but other threats can and do appear on the platform thanks almost entirely to Android, according to a recent report published by Malwarebytes Labs. Chrome OS has been capable of running Android applications on devices supporting Google Play since 2016. Although not all apps function properly or display correctly and a lack of root permissions generally limits what those can do to the underlying OS, that brings forward malware that’s already on Android handsets and tablets. That means that, in addition to threats found across all browsers in terms of extensions and malicious ads or websites, user data theft and credential theft — primarily through phishing — is possible. The creation of a botnet, crypto mining, and other forms of resource mismanagement is a possibility as well as ad fraud and scams involving fake applications.

2018’s most important Chrome OS advice and analysis

Goodness gracious, 2018 has been one heck of a year for Chrome OS.

Over the course of the past 12 months, Google’s oft-overlooked “other” platform has evolved and expanded to the point where it’s almost unrecognizable from its 2017 form. Chromebooks today boast a totally reimagined user interface, with more Android-like elements than ever and a strong focus on touch-friendly gestures and design. The software’s current incarnation has a true tablet home screen, a phone-like floating virtual keyboard, and system-level integration of Google Assistant (in the midst of rolling out broadly right now).

How to check the battery health of a Chromebook

If you’re Chromebook user you probably enjoy a fairly significant daily life from that battery. I for one, often opt to use my Pixel 2 over my MacBook Pro, because 12 hours of battery life beats six hours any day.

As you use Chromebook, you can see the battery indicator ever so slowly trickling down (ever so slowly being the operative phrase). But that system tray indicator is really only an estimate of how your battery is fairing. What if you wanted to really know the health of your Chromebook battery?

Yes, Chromebooks can and do get infected

As a Mac malware specialist, I’ve seen more than my share of folks saying “Macs don’t get viruses” over the years. I’ve seen and experienced first-hand that this isn’t true—even on iOS, where despite having tight, built-in security, iPhones are still capable of getting infected by rare malware. I suppose that I shouldn’t be surprised, then, when I hear someone claim that “viruses on Chrome OS don’t exist.”

Although it’s certainly true that viruses—the class of malware that spreads itself by injecting malicious code into other processes—really don’t exist to a significant degree these days, even on Windows, it’s definitely not true that any platform is impervious to malware. Chromebooks are no exception.

Connect your Android phone to your Chromebook

You can use your phone to unlock your Chromebook screen, and send and receive text messages from your Chromebook.

What you need 1) Chrome OS version 71 and up. Learn how to update your Chromebook’s operating system. 2) Android version L-MR1 and up. Learn how to check your Android version. 3) A Google Account that you’re signed in to, both on your phone and your Chromebook.

65 Chromebook tips for maximum productivity

Chromebooks may be all about simplicity, but don’t be fooled: Beneath their intuitive outer layer lies a web of advanced options. And you don’t have to be a power user to embrace it.

Make your way through this massive collection of next-level tips, and you’ll be zipping around Chrome OS like a pro in no time.

How To Download Torrents on a Chromebook

Torrents get a bad rap, but there are plenty of legitimate and legal reasons for downloading them. While you can’t use BitTorrent itself on a Chromebook, there are some great alternatives available.

Torrents are synonymous with downloading illegal content like pirated movies, music, and other media, but there are legal reasons for torrents as well. Any file can be shared as a torrent, and sharing a file as a torrent means there isn’t any single server that gets bogged down by handling all the traffic. You can legally download public domain films, text, and other media from the Internet Archive, and even full Linux OS images through torrents.