Chromebook Antivirus And Chrome OS Security Measures

Chromebook Antivirus And Chrome OS Security Measures

Today we got an email from a reader who recently switched from Windows to Chrome, asking us what Chromebook antivirus solution works best for his new machine. As I searched the web, I found that users that are not yet familiar with Chrome are constantly asking if their Chromebook needs an antivirus solution. Even though there is a quite short answer to this question (No), I would like to go a little bit into further detail regarding how exactly these types of machines are protected by Google and what supplementary steps an average user can take, in order to keep certain kind of threats away.

How Google removed the need of a Chromebook antivirus software.
As I stated above, there is no need to install any antivirus software on your Chromebook. But why is that? According to Google itself their operating system uses a security algorithm called “defense in depth”, meaning that any threat to the OS that manages to bypass one layer of defense, find itself blocked by the next one located below the first one. Even though it is considered one of the most secure operating system up to date.

Chromebook Antivirus And Chrome OS Security Measures

10 New Ways to Get More Done With Google

10 New Ways to Get More Done With Google

More than 3.5 million paying customers use Google’s G Suite to collaborate in real-time at work, and Google just introduced a slew of new features to help them. Here are ten solid tips from Google on how to get the most out of G Suite.

1. Name versions of a Doc, Sheet or Slide.
G Suite customers can now name a version of a document, spreadsheet or presentation to denote which rendition it is. For example, you may label it as “Version 1.0,” “Version sent to client,” “Version w/ accepted edits,” use the date, your name or mark it as final. This will help teams clearly communicate where a Doc, Sheet or Slide currently stands. This feature is now “Version History,” formerly called “Revision History,” and can be accessed by selecting “File > Version History > Name current version.” Customers may also benefit from the ability to view only named versions, to quickly jump through labeled versions.

10 New Ways to Get More Done With Google

Create Podcasts With Your Students On Chromebooks With These Two Free Applications

Create Podcasts With Your Students On Chromebooks With These Two Free Applications

One of the questions that I get asked more often than just about any is, “How can I record a podcast using my Chromebook?”  There are many limitations to Chromebooks when it comes to recording audio and video.  This is mostly due to the fact that there is no hard drive to store and convert the large media files. Where there are a few great applications for recording audio as referenced here in a recent post from Richard Byrne and Free Tech for Teachers, I wanted to showcase how two of these can be used to create not just audio recordings, but actual podcasts that can be subscribed to by your school community.

Create Podcasts With Your Students On Chromebooks With These Two Free Applications

Seven More Chromebooks Get Updated To Android 7-1-1 Nougat

Seven More Chromebooks Get Updated To Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Seven Chromebooks are now receiving an update that will install Android 7.1.1 Nougat. However, only three of these computers will receive the update on the stable channel. These devices are the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 11, the Samsung Chromebook Pro, and the Acer Chromebook R 13. As the software upgrade is released through the stable channel, practically all units of the three devices will now have access to the Google Play Store and to other features incorporated in the operating system. Four other devices, on the other hand, will obtain the software upgrade through the beta channel, including the Google Chromebook Pixel (2015), the Acer Chromebook 14, the Dell Chromebook 13, and the Samsung Chromebook Plus. People whose computers are on the beta channel may now install the software package, but it is important to point out that there may still be a few bugs and other software flaws that may affect the user experience.

Once the update gets installed on the Chromebook, a user will be able to experience the feature that Android 7.1.1 Nougat brings to the table. Among them is the Resizable Windows feature, which allows the individual to change the size of Android apps running on the desktop. This is similar to how browsers are resized in ChromeOS. In addition, the update should bring support for several important APIs and access to the Google Play Store.

Seven More Chromebooks Get Updated To Android 7-1-1 Nougat

Android on Chromebook Edges From Fantasy Into Reality

Android on Chromebook Edges From Fantasy Into Reality

Google’s plan to bring Android apps and the Google Play Store has remained largely unfulfilled to date. But this summer, suddenly, Android support on Chromebook has accelerated. And it’s possible that Google has finally gotten on top of the problems that have plagued this integration.

It started off so promising.

Google announced in May 2016 that it would bring Android apps and the Google Play Store to Chromebook. At the time, it said that the integration would occur in 2016, but by the time that year ended, only a tiny number of Chromebooks could access Android apps, and then only in a very early preview. A year later, I questioned whether Google could even pull off this feat, and I openly wondered about the technical issues it must have run into.

Android on Chromebook Edges From Fantasy Into Reality

6 Tips To Extend Your Chromebook's Battery Life

6 Tips To Extend Your Chromebook’s Battery Life

Chromebooks have typically fared pretty well in the battery department, thanks to running a much less resource-intensive operating system than Windows- or Mac-based computers. Nonetheless, there are always a few tweaks you can employ to keep chugging through the end of the day. We’ll show you where to dig into Chrome’s settings and use workarounds if you’re in desperate straits—or if you just want to optimize your Chromebook’s battery life.

Let’s start with the simple stuff—settings that are pretty standard for saving battery life on any computer, though this may be the first time you’re learning where they’re at on a Chromebook.

6 Tips To Extend Your Chromebook's Battery Life

Google Plans New Pixel Smartphones, Chromebook for October

Google Plans New Pixel Smartphones, Chromebook for October

Google has some big announcements planned for autumn.

Google intends to launch its second generation of Pixel smartphones on October 5 – almost exactly one year after the company introduced the original lineup last year, according to VentureBeat’s Evan Blass.

The next-gen Pixels are expected to have 4GB of RAM and utilize Snapdragon 836 processors. The standard Pixel will feature a 5-inch, 1080p display, while the XL will boast a 6-inch, 1440p panel.

Google Plans New Pixel Smartphones, Chromebook for October

Remotely Connect to a Chromebook from Windows 10

Remotely Connect to a Chromebook from Windows 10

Chromebooks make great laptops for your less tech-savvy family members and friends. Other than logging in with your Google account, there’s practically no configuration involved. However, there still may be a scenario where your grandma or cousin or nephew has a question about something they see on their Chromebook. In these cases, a little remote desktop assistance can go a long way.

For typical Windows, macOS, or Linux computers, we’d generally recommend Windows Remote Desktop, a VNC client or something like Join.me. But with a Chromebook, you are limited to what you can install through the Chrome Web Store. This is where the Chrome Remote Desktop app comes in.

Remotely Connect to a Chromebook from Windows 10

42 Gmail Tips That Will Help You Conquer Email

42 Gmail Tips That Will Help You Conquer Email

Gmail has come a long way. It’s not perfect and occasionally prompts ripples of outrage across its user base. But let’s be honest: with Gmail, you get plenty for nothing.

As a web app, Gmail is a constant work in progress, but the amount of under-the-hood power is pretty staggering. That’s what we’re here to delve into all the tools below the surface of the Gmail inbox.

42 Gmail Tips That Will Help You Conquer Email

Chromebooks Getting New Much-Needed Files App Feature

Chromebooks Getting New Much-Needed Files App Feature

In addition to the ability to pinch zoom via the trackpad, this feature should also be filed under ‘why wasn’t this already a thing?’ It is the ability to rename USB and SD drives attached to your Chromebook.

With a simple right click or CTRL+E, you can rename a whole volume attached to your Chromebook. Again, this is a simple thing that you’d figure was doable before now, but it hasn’t been.

Chromebooks Getting New Much-Needed Files App Feature