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Old 09-29-2016, 03:55 PM   #1
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Default Are Chromebooks Malware Proof?

Don't know much about them, but am researching Chromebooks after a user recommended one in another thread.

I came across this article from Time magazine discussing what Chromebooks are and why they're so popular. In it, they say:

So, Google built Chrome around the browser. That eliminated a lot of what Liu calls “crust that had built up over time” on legacy computers like Windows and Mac machines. “They were designed for use cases (like floppy disk drives) that don’t exist anymore, and enable more holes for viruses to attack,” he says.

The result was Chromebooks, laptops that run Google’s Chrome OS. They come in many different shapes, sizes, and price points, but they all share a few common characteristics. Most noticeably, they start up fast, have built-in virus protection, automatically update their software, and are generally inexpensive.

For these reasons, Chromebooks have becoming increasingly popular with casual Internet users — people who just want to surf the Web — and in the education field, a market that Apple had once dominated. It’s interesting that Chromebooks are taking on Macs, because when the system was revealed, experts had Google gunning for Microsoft and the popular, inexpensive ultrabooks and netbooks of that day. But with Windows 10 shifting Microsoft’s strategy towards hybrid tablet-turned-computers, an opportunity opened up for Google in low-cost laptops.


Does the bolded mean you won't need to purchase additional anti-virus, such as Norton, AVAST, McAfee, etc.?
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Old 09-29-2016, 04:23 PM   #2
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Nothing is malware proof, even the pentagon. But chromebooks are far more malware resistant.

The OS itself has virus protection built into it so you do not need additional protections, plus it is updated often enough to be harder to crack for very long at a time if it is ever cracked.
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Nothing is malware proof, even the pentagon. But chromebooks are far more malware resistant.

The OS itself has virus protection built into it so you do not need additional protections, plus it is updated often enough to be harder to crack for very long at a time if it is ever cracked.
And just to be sure, that virus protection has stuff that a typical anti-virus program would offer like firewalls, internet intrusion protection, etc.?

If so, that sounds sweet! I would almost definitely buy one over a traditional Windows-based PC laptop then.
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Read more about it:
How to configure your Chromebook for ultimate security | PCWorld

3 Reasons Why Chromebook Does Not Solve Digital Security Issues

Securing Your Chromebook With Two Easy Tweaks


for more, just run a search for "chromebook security"
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