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Soon you will be able to lock, erase and locate your lost Chromebook

If you recall the first Google Chrome ads, the device was promoted as a disposable PC which you can lose without loosing your data which was always on Google servers. But what if someone steals your Chromebook with some very sensitive data on it? The thief would require your password to access your data still he has a device with your data on it. Chrome OS developers are working on a feature that will add the ability to remotely lock, erase, and locate your Chrome OS device. This future update will increase cloud computing security for Chromebook users, by protecting data in case of theft.

If you lose your Chromebook or it is stolen, the ability to access the device remotely to perform security actions is very useful. The system is expected to work very similarly to the Android Device Manager, and will most likely be integrated into the same service.

Currently, the service can only be viewed on the Dev channel (click here to discover how to switch channels on a Chromebook), and even if enabled, nothing will actually happen. However, if you want to see it, you can follow these instructions:

  • switch to Dev channel
  • turn on Dev mode
  • run chrome with the experimental command line switch¹–enable-consumer-management (not a flag there)
  • go to chrome://settings
Screenshot of internally consumer management on Chrome OS

Screenshot of internally consumer management on Chrome OS

After completing this process, an Enroll button will appear on the settings page, but as I said before, nothing will actually happen. However, if you are not familiar with Chrome OS, nor have very much technical experience, I would not recommend switching to the Dev channel, since it often causes many problems to your Chrome OS device.

The effects of Google working on cloud computing security for it’s devices

Google working on this type of service shows that they are constantly trying to improve cloud computing security. As long as Google’s cloud computing implementation portrays that the Google ecosystem is comprised of a secure cloud of services offering the best cloud computing security in the industry, they will continue to entice customers to shake off the chains of workstations and desktop computing.

Mobile cloud computing will only continue to become more popular, which is why Google offers services like the Android Device manager, and will eventually allow Chromebook users remote access to lock, erase, or locate their Chrome OS devices. As long as they continue to solve cloud computing security issues, consumer’s trust in them as a company will grow.

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Source: François Beaufort

Joseph Hall

A research addict with a lot of free time, Joseph always is looking for the “next big thing.” He is homeschooled and proud of it, and continues to learn in his free time through online resources. He does not like Windows but cannot afford an Apple Macintosh, so he saw Chromebooks as the way to go. He now uses his free time showing people why a Chromebook can be used as a Windows replacement, and why living “in the cloud” is so freeing.