Sideloading Android apps on Chromebooks (very) tentatively planned for Chrome OS 74 or 75

It’s not an official commitment to a particular release, but Google is considering a way to sideload Android apps from outside of the Google Play Store on a Chromebook in the next few months. It’s going to depend on security and other priorities, however.

Read more

VPN TUN support coming soon to Linux on Chromebooks with Crostini

A small code change will lead to a largely desired function, particularly for enterprise users: VPN support for Linux apps in Crostini on a Chromebook. Yes, you can use an Android VPN app for Chrome OS, but that security won’t extend to Linux.

Read more

Chrome OS may add extra security to view passwords saved in a Google account

Unlike the Chrome browser on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS, Chrome OS doesn’t require additional authentication when viewing your saved passwords. That may change due to a bug report, although there’s a debate on if this should just apply to enterprises.

Read more

Family Link for Chromebooks adds screen time limits, site & app whitelisting and parental management controls

Google added new Family Link features on Chromebooks that allow parents to have more control over how, and how long, their kids use Chrome OS devices. Not every family wants to manage devices, but for those that do, this is a great option to have.

Read more

Got a Chromebook? Consider securing it with a Google Titan key

Google’s Titan security key is now available for $50 and adds a second authentication factor for online accounts to mitigate phishing attacks. Guess what: You can use it for 2FA logins on your Chromebook too.

Read more

Good for enterprises: Chromebooks to get Android’s Always-on VPN feature

A future version of Chrome OS will be able to use Android’s Always-on VPN feature, automatically helping to secure a Chromebook accessing public Wi-Fi hotspots; essentially a must for enterprise workers.

Read more

Chromebooks to use fingerprints, four wireless proximity ranges for Easy Unlock in “Better Together”

An enhanced Easy Unlock feature is coming to Chromebooks as part of the multi-device “Better Together” feature. Not only will it support Bluetooth with four proximity levels, but also fingerprints.

Read more

Chrome OS and Chrome getting support for biometric 2FA with CTAP2 standard

As early as Chrome version 69, you’ll be able to log into a web service without using a password but with the added security benefits of either biometrics or a PIN thanks to the coming support for CTAP2 FIDO devices.

Read more

Yes, the Pixelbook power button is a U2F key. Here’s why I wouldn’t use it.

Yes, you can use the power button of the Pixelbook for two-factor authentication. But it’s a terrible idea: You’re actually decreasing the security factor with this method. Here’s why.

Read more

How to use Google Smart Lock to generate secure passwords on a Chromebook

While some folks know that Google Smart Lock can manage and remember your passwords, not everyone knows that Smart Lock can actually generate strong passwords for you. Here’s how to set it up and use it.

Read more