How can you configure my Chromebook for better security?

April 3rd · 3 min read

Chromebooks are ideal for people who just need the essentials and don't want to spend too much time maintaining their PC. As a result, a Chromebook is inherently very secure out of the box. However, you can always do more with a Chromebook, particularly if you wish to remove any evidence of your internet activities or prevent your every online action from generating an ad profile

Configure Chrome's built-in security settings

Chrome's settings offer granular control over how the browser behaves. To access these, type chrome://settings/ into your URL bar and hit enter. Alternatively, you can click the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of Chrome and select "Settings" from the drop-down menu. Once you're on the settings page, you'll see a search bar at the top. This is helpful for finding specific options, but we'll look at some of the big ones here.

Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section and confirm that "Safe Browsing" is enabled. It will protect you from malicious websites that could infect your Chromebook with malware.

You may also want to enable the "Do Not Track" option, which will tell websites not to track your browsing habits. However, this is not foolproof, and many sites will ignore this setting.

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Next, click on the "Content Settings" button. You will see a new window with options for controlling what content websites can show you. Cookies are small text files that websites use to track your behavior and store information about you. They can be used for good (like saving your login information) or bad (like showing you targeted ads). Under the "Cookies" section, you can block all cookies, or only allow them from sites you visit.

You may also want to disable JavaScript, a programming language used by many websites. However, disabling can break some sites, so use this option with caution.

Keep your Google account secure

Your Chromebook is only as secure as your Google account. If someone gets access to your account, they can log into any Chromebook you've used and access all your stored data. Therefore, it's essential to use a strong password for your Google account and enable two-factor authentication (2FA). 2FA will require you to enter a code from your phone whenever you try to log into your Chromebook from a new device.

You should also regularly check the "Recent security events" section of your Google account to see if there have been any suspicious activities.

Install malware protection

While Chromebooks are very resistant to malware, it's still possible to get infected. For this reason, it's a good idea to install an anti-malware program like Guardio. Anti-malware programs will scan your Chromebook for any malicious software and remove it if found. It's an excellent idea to schedule an automatic scan every few weeks to ensure your Chromebook is clean.

Make sure your Chrome OS is up to date

Chrome OS is constantly being updated with security fixes and new features. Open Chrome and click on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner to make sure you have the latest version. Then, select "Help" > "About Google Chrome." A new tab will open with all the information about your Chromebook's current version. If an update is available, it will be downloaded and installed automatically.

You can also check for updates manually by going to chrome://settings/help in your URL bar.

You can help keep your Chromebook secure from any potential threats by following these steps.

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