Know How To Configure Chromebook For Ultimate Security
It is undoubtedly very true that Chromebook is an ultra-secure computer straight out of the box as it do not run a traditional operating system and takes the advantage of various Google-powered security measures. Chrome OS has been labeled well-guarded against all the miscreants lurking out there on the web. Now though it is very secure but still it is also a big fact that one can always do more especially when he/she wants to minimize the traces of the Internet wanderings or want to prohibit every online action from contributing to an advertising profile.
Researches shows that “Guide to Chromebook Privacy Settings for Students”, a post by The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) has suggested various efficient steps which would surely help one to secure a Chromebook. Along with this reviews of the choices on this post have also been considered helpful for almost every privacy-focused Chromebook user since it provides the users with numerous beneficial recommendations such as :
- Turn off all sync settings
- Turn off saving of web passwords
- Disable Autofill on web forms
- Disable several services that correct navigation and typing errors.
- Stop geo-location services
- Prevent pre-fetching of pages
- Prohibit access to protected content
- Block cookies
Besides from this, this article regarding the Chromebook security also recommends to install two EFF extensions namely ‘Privacy Badger’ and ‘HTTPS Everywhere’. On one hand Privacy Badger help one in block tracking services whereas on the other hand HTTPS Everywhere helps in securing the connection between the Chromebook and the visited sites.
Now along with the EFF’s recommended settings, Google also provides the Chromebook users with three additional ways for protecting the privacy. Though these three changes makes the Chromebook less convenient to use since one need to configure settings every single session but makes the online activity quite harder to track.
The three ways To Configure Chromebook For Ultimate Security Are :
Switch search to a provider that doesn’t track
Google enables one to make selection of the default search provider on the Chromebook.. In order to view other search engine options one need to choose the Chrome menu then have to select Settings and then ‘Manage search engines’. Though Google itself provides the users with various alternatives such as Yahoo, Bing, AOL but according to me one should add a search engine namely DuckDuckGo.com since it provides efficient search services and promises one not to track the private information. This search engine also enable one to search Google. Regarding that one just need to type his/her search in the omnibox and then have to put the term !google before it. After this the Google results will be displayed on the screen. Although this process get accomplish faster but it is also the fact that they are sent anonymously to Google from DuckDuckGo servers. So, it is essential to add DuckDuckGo. Considering that purpose implement the below discussed steps :
- First of all choose ‘Manage search engine…’. Now in the form fields in the ‘other search engines’ area, type the below discussed lines :
- Add a new search engine: DuckDuckGo
- Keyword: duckduckgo.com
- URL with %s in place of query:
Next choose ‘Done’. This will save the entry and will return the users to the Settings page.
After that select ‘Manage search engines…’ and move the cursor over the line that includes the information one just entered. Here “Make default” option will appear to the right side. Select it and then select “Done”.
After this the Chrome will send the search terms one entered in the omnibox to the DuckDuckGo instead of Google.
Switch DNS to a provider that do not log
Studies shows that when ‘www.eff.org’ is typed the system routes the request to domain name system servers, which might be either chosen by the user’s administrator or the Internet Service Provider. In a case if one prefer privacy, he/she might switch his/her DNS servers to a provider that promises not to log or retain these lookups such as DNS.watch. In order to modify the DNS settings on the Chromebook one need to select the Chrome menu, then Settings and then have to select WiFi network to display network connections. After that active network should get chosen. Here settings for the network will get displayed. Now select the ‘Network’ tab and choose ‘Custom name servers’. Next enter 22.214.171.124 for server 1, and 126.96.36.199 for server 2. Further choose Disconnect and then select the network again and choose ‘Connect’.
Start each session as a new user
Researches shows that guest mode enables one to browse as a new user each time. For starting each session as a new user one need to turn on the Chromebook and then have to choose ‘Browse as Guest’ from the lower left. Now connect to a network and browse. After this the users are required to login to any sites he/she visit each time since no settings from prior sessions are saved to the device. Next to prohibit the sites visited by the users from building a profile of the activity, one need to adjust the settings suggested by the EFF after entering Guest mode and before browsing to sites.
After implementing the above discussed steps one can easily and quickly configure his/her Chromebook for ultimate security.