Menu
Google hints at remote wipe, lock and locate features for Chromebooks

Google hints at remote wipe, lock and locate features for Chromebooks

There'd be nothing much to wipe from a browser-based operating system, but that's the point.

Losing a Chromebook could be less troublesome in the future with the addition of remote device management tools.

Signs of remote wipe, lock and locate features for Chrome OS have appeared in the latest dev channel version, according to Francois Beaufort. You can see these options by running Chrome with the experimental command line switch "--enable-consumer-management."

Unfortunately, these features don't actually work right now, so it's not worth the trouble of setting them up. There's also no guarantee that Google will even add remote device management tools in future stable versions of Chrome OS.

Still, it's not hard to imagine Google adding Chromebooks to the device manager tools that are already available for Android.

Unlike a full-blown desktop operating system, such as Windows or Mac OS X, Chrome OS is designed for users to store most of their files and data online, or to offload them to another device. Chromebook users may be less hesitant to remotely wipe a lost machine, since most or all of their files aren't actually stored on the device. At the same time, they'll be able to protect against someone having access to their online accounts and data. And while not all Chromebooks have GPS on board, remote locate would be helpful for the handful of 3G and 4G Chromebooks on the market.

The hints of remote device management in Chrome OS come just a month after Android Police discovered a possible " Easy Unlock" feature in the Chrome dev channel last month. This feature is also dormant for now, but it could allow users to skip the password entry screen when the Chromebook is paired with another device, such as the user's smartphone. These security features, along with the addition of more offline apps and services, could help shake Chromebooks' reputation of being nothing more than a web browser.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags GooglesecurityChromebooks

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments