Chromebook Tricks

Six Useful Chromebook Tricks You Might Not Know About

For years laptops have been rapidly eating into the desktop marketplace, becoming the preferred version of the PC most people want to own. And why not? After all, it’s great to be able to take your entire computer with you instead of being chained to your desk with it. And when it comes to laptops there’s no denying that some of the hottest and most genre-defining have been Chromebooks–laptops which are known as a “thin client” notebooks.

But what is a Chromebook exactly? Many manufactures make Chromebooks (ASUS, HP, Lenovo) but the concept of a Chromebook itself was invented by Google, which makes it own Chromebook–the Pixel. Chromebooks are referred to as a “thin client” notebook because for the most part it relies on a constant internet connection–or technically a connection to the millions of servers that make up “the internet”–to get anything done.

Chromebook Tricks

Google Classroom Anyone can use

Google Classroom now lets anyone school anyone else

Google Classroom is opening up even further: After allowing anyone to join classes last month, expanding the learner side of the equation beyond just those with G Suite for Education accounts, Google is now opening Classroom class creation to anyone with a personal Google account, too.

Google Classroom Anyone can use

Chromebook Private Secure

Is the Chromebook the Most Private and Secure Computer Available Today?

I must admit that I love my Chromebook computer. I am using it more and more every day, including right now as I write this article in Microsoft Word Online. This low-cost ($150 to $500 US) powerhouse does almost everything I ever want to do on a computer. I am also impressed with the privacy and security that the Chromebook provides.

Of all the consumer-grade operating systems available today, most security experts will tell you that Linux is the most secure of all. That is especially true of the more security-focused “distributions” of Linux, such as Tails, Security Enhanced Linux (often called SELinux, developed by the NSA’s Trusted Systems Research Group ), Ubuntu Privacy Remix (UPR), or Whonix. All of these are designed to protect your private information and to keep out spies and hackers.

I am not aware of any published studies comparing the security of Chromebooks versus any version of Linux.

Chromebook Private Secure

Chromebook add-ons and tricks

The Best Chromebook Add-ons and Tricks

Chromebooks have been with us since way back in 2011. Now, as Wi-Fi becomes more ubiquitous and web apps grow more powerful, these lightweight laptops are really taking off. The user-friendly Chrome operating system seems simple—that’s part of its appeal. But you can still uncover lots of advanced features and tricks if you know where to look—and we do.

Chromebook add-ons and tricks

Make Chromebook more secure

How to Make Your Chromebook More Secure in 7 Easy Steps

Chromebooks are already extremely secure. The operating system encrypts all local data (such as cookies and browser cache files), it has a verified boot, all web pages and apps are run in a sandbox, all system updates are automatic, and there’s an easy-to-use recovery mode in case something does go wrong.

Sure, it’s not completely infallible, nothing is. But you can easily make the argument that Chromebooks are the most secure laptops on the market.

However, just because they’re secure at a hardware level doesn’t mean you can’t improve their security at a user level.

Here are four ways to make your Chromebook even more secure.

Make Chromebook more secure

Chromebook Chromebox Chromebit

Chromebook vs. Chromebox vs. Chromebit

If you thought Chromebooks were under-appreciated, what about Chromeboxes and Chromebits? How many of you have even heard of a Chromebit?

If you’re looking for a new Chrome OS device, which one should you buy? What are the strengths and weakness of the three types of device?

1. Chromebook

Chromebook Chromebox Chromebit

Print to network printer Chromebook

How to print to a local network printer from a Chromebook

Chromebooks recently gained the experimental ability to print to local printers with the release of Chrome OS Version 57 to the stable channel. That’s great news if you want to use a Chromebook with network printers that don’t support Google Cloud Print. Local printing also allows you to print when your internet connection is down or when you’d prefer to not use Google Cloud Print.

Print to network printer Chromebook

Ultimate Guide to Chromebooks Chrome OS

The Ultimate Guide to Chromebooks and Chrome OS

Chromebooks are no longer in their nascent stages. Their sales have been gradually increasing for the past year. Irrevocably, Chrome OS too has itself come a long way in terms of sheer functionality. And why shouldn’t anyone consider them while looking for their next workstation? They are simple, cheap, and powerful enough for most users out there. However, Chrome OS itself can be slightly intimidating and futile at first if you’re unaware of its notions.

The core rationale behind the myths and complications revolving around it is the name which translates to “just a browser” for the majority. Principally, that’s true, although Chrome OS, as I mentioned, has received a slew of critical updates recently making it a substantial competitor in the market. However, under the surface, there are a plethora of features users don’t even discover during their usage, hence here’s a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about Chrome OS.

Ultimate Guide to Chromebooks Chrome OS

Chromebook Task Manager

Chromebook Task Manager

I kid about this feature all the time. Back in my Windows days it was my answer to most PC problems and since has carried over to become a bit of a running joke. Amongst my “techie” friends, anytime someone has an issue with any type of electronic device, it’s my go to response. Phone on the fritz? Ctrl+Alt+Del. “My smart fridge stopped making ice.” “Did you try Ctrl+Alt+Del?”

“My spouse is stressing my about my Chromebook spending.” “Ctrl+Alt+Del twice and call a lawyer!” I’m kidding of course but that’s something I’d probably say. Seriously though, what about Chrome OS? Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’d like to be able to terminate an app.” Or, maybe you’re like me and like to see what system resources are being used by what.

Chromebook Task Manager

8 Apps to replace desktop favorites

8 Chromebook Apps to Replace Your Desktop Favorites

If you’re reading this as someone who’s thinking of switching to Chromebook but hasn’t yet, here’s what I think: Chromebooks fall short for specialized business or creative work, but they’re perfect for everyday tasks like music, taking notes, surfing the web, documents and spreadsheets, etc. Check out the following apps to see if your needs can be fulfilled with a Chromebook.

8 Apps to replace desktop favorites