How to secure your Chromebook: 6 tips and tricks

Find out how to better secure your Chromebook with these easy tips.


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I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but it’s almost the end of the year. That means gifts will be purchased and budgets will be spent. That translates to new tech. You, or someone for which you serve as an admin, might wind up with a shiny new Chromebook. Guess what? You’ll be the one responsible for making sure that new laptop is secure.

What do you do? After all, it is running Chrome OS, which means there’s very little you need to do. Right? Well, sort of. Certainly, out of the box, Chrome OS is more secure than say, Windows 10. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t be given a bit of help.

Let’s take a look at a few tips and tricks you can employ to make sure those Chromebooks are as secure as possible.

SEE: Windows 10 security: A guide for business leaders (TechRepublic Premium)

1. Secure your Google account

No matter how hard you work to secure that Chromebook, the security of that device is only as strong as the password used by the account holder. Not only should the account use a very strong, very unique password, it should make use of two-factor authentication (2FA). To setup 2FA, visit your Google Account Security page and enable 2-Step Verification (Figure A).

Figure A


Enabling 2FA for your Google Account.

You will be prompted to walk through a fairly simple wizard to set this up. You will also need a 2FA mobile app such as Authy or the Google Authenticator.

While you’re on the Google Account Security page, you should also make use of the Secure account tool. This will find any issues with your devices (which actually only allows you to remove access to your account from devices you might no longer use), allow you to review third-party access (which allows you to revoke app passwords), view recent security events, enable/disable 2FA,…