Chrome OS is already one of the most secure operating systems in use today – light-years beyond MacOS and Windows in many ways however it is far from perfect. Here is my security wish-list for features I would love to see in future Chrome OS devices. Note, this page is just for security related changes, there are plenty of non-security feature I would like to see as well.
I have been a user of hardware security tokens for a long time. My key-chain always has aFeitian MultiPass FIDO Security Key on it at all times to allow me to authenticate to many web services, including the admin section of KMyers.me. I was shocked to learn that Google has hidden a fully functional U2F token in the Pixelbook. I doubt you really need another reason to buy a Pixelbook but this is really a massive feature that was never officially announced. Here is how you can activate it
If you are one of the many who are flocking to the nearest device with a high speed internet connection to be the first to watch the Live Stream of Apple’s WWDC 2018 Conference – there is a way to watch a pre-recorded version of it that Apple keeps secret. This link is only known to a small number of Apple Insiders and the Press so please only share it with those you trust. Here are the steps to find it:
Normally it is a very trivial process to get a typical Chromebook into developer mode however this process is very different on the HP Chromebook X2 and other future Chrome OS Tablets. This is because Google actually requires dedicated circuitry to ensure the switch to developer mode was a deliberate action done by the user and not accidental or by a malicious application. Here are the steps to get the HP Chromebook X2 Into Developer Mode and these instructions should also work on all future ChromeOS Tablets
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Additional Changes to ChromeOS 68.0.3440.4 – Android Files in ChromeOS File Manager and Crostini to Select ARM64 Devices
I wrote an article yesterday highlighting some of the changes to ChromeOS 68.0.3440.4 however it turns out that I completely missed two major features. This build of ChromeOS finally brings one of the most requested features to ChromeOS – The ability to easily access your Android Filesystem from within the ChromeOS File Manager and more.
It has been known for some time that HP has been working on a high-end Chromebook for a few months now and the official launch date has been set for June 11th of 2018. The codename of the Chromebook is “Soraka” and the board name is “Nocturne”. I managed to get my hands on a early unit and spent several hours using it. Here are my thoughts in case you are looking to buy one when it enters the mass market.
I can honestly say that I don’t know anyone who actually gets excited with they receive a Jury Duty Summons in the mail and if there is a person like that, I can say that I am not one of them. Serving in a Jury may not be the most exciting event and may even post a bit of an inconvenience for you but it is a civic duty that all American Citizens should feel honored to take part in as it is the cornerstone of our justice system. This blog post is going to give some tips that I learned while serving my Jury Duty term this week. These tips are mainly for residents of Miami-Dade County so you should check with your county to see if the policies and rules vary.
ChromeOS 68.0.3440.4 was released a few hours ago and it seems like a small update, likely heavy on under the hood bug fixes but very light on changes as far as I can tell after playing with it for a few hours. Here are all of the changes I could find:
This website has had the same look and feel for a few years but I have been wanting to give it fresh coat of paint for a while. I really did enjoy the old layout of the website however several of the template files have been broken for a while after a WordPress update (such as the responsive menu on mobile devices) which was the main reason for the change. This new template should also load faster on slower internet connections.