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Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back)

I have written a number of times about Chromebooks, the inexpensive and very useful laptop computers. (See for a list of my past articles about Chromebooks.) They also are generally considered to be more secure than Windows or even Macintosh computers.

chromebookI have owned a Chromebook for three years or so and use it often. It is very secure, boots up quickly, and it only cost about $200. Best of all, its software is always up to date, the same as the newest Chromebooks. The newer Chromebooks may be a bit lighter and have faster processors, but my older system’s software is identical to what is installed in the brand-new Chromebooks.

Unlike Microsoft and Apple products, Chromebooks automatically update the operating system whenever a new version is released. Most releases are small, incremental improvements and are released every few weeks. There is never a huge download like Windows 10 or the Macintosh OS X Yosemite that change lots of things and sometimes break installed programs.

Ryan Dube has written an article entitled Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back) that describes his conversion to Chromebooks. As a former Windows user, Ryan describes the reasons he changed and also tells about some of the Chromebook applications he uses, both online and offline.

You can find Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back) by Ryan Dube at

You might also want to read Bryan Clark’s article, 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Chromebooks, And Why You Might Want One, at


Categories: Hardware, Software

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  1. About

    Ideas and suggestions to maintain your privacy, both online and off.

    Hm, a website promoting privacy and promoting Chromebooks?

    Privacy Rule 1. Be careful in all dealings with the likes of: Facebook and Google.
    Privacy Rule 2. Be careful in all dealings with cloud storage
    Privacy Rule 3. Be careful when using unsecured wifi
    (Privacy Rule 4. Be careful with passwords etc. )

    Does not compute?


    • —> Does not compute?

      I would say it computes easily and very well. I trust the security of Chromebooks much more than I trust that of Windows.

      Most of the cloud-based Chromebook apps are very secure, probably more secure than keeping files on your own Windows or Macintosh computer where they can be easily stolen by thieves and hackers. For instance, I had a Windows laptop stolen from the trunk of my automobile a few years ago. The thief then had full access to all my files, including bank account information, my address book of friends and co-workers (including email addresses), and much more. Had he stolen a Chromebook laptop, he would have obtained nothing as none of that info would have been stored on the Chromebook laptop. That is one of the reasons why I now travel with a Chromebook: for the increased security.

      With hindsight, I now know I should have encrypted all those files on the Windows laptop. I do that today but did not do that a few years ago. Experience is a great teacher. However, an easier and probably more secure solution is to travel with a Chromebook.

      Next, there are hackers around the world trying to access files on your home computer(s) by connecting through the Internet. That is rather easy to block by the use of a firewall but most people don’t know how to do that. With a Chromebook, at home or elsewhere, a firewall is not needed as files are not stored on the Chromebook’s hard drive (unless the user deliberates wants to do that. Most Chromebook users probably don’t do that.)

      Files stored on Google Drive, Dropbox, and other cloud-based files storage services are typically safer than files stored on a Windows or Macintosh hard drive.

      For instance, I suspect that most Chromebook owners save their files in the cloud on Google Drive as that is the default. Keep in mind that ALL files saved in Google Drive are encrypted. Not even the Google employees can read your files stored there. Are the files on your Windows or Macintosh computer encrypted? If not, they are already exposed to hackers and to thieves.

      Of course, the ultimate protection can make your files safe wherever they are stored: in the cloud, on your own computer’s hard drive, on a flashdrive, or anyplace else. That ultimate protection is called ENCRYPTION. Once a file has been properly encrypted, you could even publish it on a public web site for the entire world to see and it would still be safe. (I don’t know why anyone would do that but the idea serves as an excellent example of the safety of encryption.)

      If I had been smart enough to encrypt my files years ago, the thief that stole the Windows laptop from my automobile would never have recovered any of my personal information. I do encrypt sensitive files today.

      There are many encryption programs available for Windows, Macintosh, and Chromebooks. You can see the Chromebook encryption programs at

      Of course, using Facebook or other social media services are always high risk regardless of the operating system you are using in your home computer or cell phone or tablet computer. Posting information on Facebook is an invitation for identity theft.

      I do agree completely with all four of your “rules” listed above but they are equally true on Windows, Macintosh, Chromebook, Android, iPhone, and iPads.


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