Chrome OS – The Most Secure Operating System?
Google has been all out this week marketing their new baby ;’Chrome OS‘. It’s almost as if Android doesn’t exist anymore judging by the amount of publicity their new operating system has been receiving.
Among the many ‘revolutionary’ features that Chrome OS will have, Google has been avidly showing off the security features of Chrome OS. Google seems to claim that they are build the most secure operating system ever! How do they do this? Well, let’s here what Google has to say:
The most effective way to protect yourself from malware is to make sure all of the software on your computer is up to date and has the latest security fixes. This can be difficult to manage on traditional operating systems with many software components from many vendors all with different update mechanisms and user interfaces. Chrome OS manages updates for you automatically so you are always running the latest and most secure version.
On your Chrome notebook, each web page and application you visit runs in a restricted environment called a “sandbox.” So if you visit an infected page, it can’t affect the other tabs or apps on your computer, or anything else on your machine. The threat is contained.
Even if malware manages to escape the sandbox, your Chrome notebook is still protected. Every time you boot the computer, it does a self check called Verified Boot. If it detects that your system has been tampered with, or corrupted in any way, typically it will repair itself without you lifting a finger. You will always be able to get back to an operating system thats as good as new.
When you use web apps on your Chrome notebook, all your documents are stored safely in the cloud. But certain kinds of files, like downloads, cookies, and browser cache files, may still be present on your computer. Your Chrome notebook encrypts all this data using tamper-resistant hardware, making it very difficult for anyone to access those files.
With Guest Mode, you can let friends use your Chrome notebook without signing in. They can use the web freely, but they won’t be able to access your email or other data. And once they sign off, all their browsing data is permanently erased from your computer.
Tell us your opinion:
Are Google making grand claims that they haven’t justified well? Are they making claims they will never fulfil? Or maybe you are more of an optimist like me who believes that all will be well and dandy?
It would be great to get your opinion on this issue as Google has really pushed it as the main reason why Chrome OS will be so great for all users ranging from businesses to individuals. Also, take time to join our Chrome OS Forum for a more in-depth discussion.
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