Egan Company, a manufacturing, and construction company in Minnesota “couldn’t be happier” with their 140 Chromebook rollout. They needed a solution that was easy to roll out, durable, secure, and cost-effective. Chrome was the perfect fit.
We firmly believe that Chromebooks make a great use case for a wide range of our customers, just like Egan. But often when we talk about Chrome to the uninitiated, we spend a lot of time clearing up confusion before we even get to the use case. Are we just talking about a web browser? Would Chrome even work for my business with its lack of [security, management, fill in the blank]?
There’s a lot of misinformation swirling around what Chrome even is and what it’s capable of. We’re here to clear a few things up for you. Here are the five most common Chromebook myths we come across, debunked!
Myth #1 – “Chromebooks are only a fancy Chrome browser”
Raise your hand if you thought Chrome was synonymous with just a browser…
Although the Chrome browser is an awesome tool utilized on the Chromebooks, Chrome is so much more than that. Chrome OS is a lightweight Cloud-based operating system built around four pillars: speed, security, simplicity, and shareability.
So while Chromebooks use the Chrome browser to run your favorite webapps, they can still run applications locally on your device by using Chrome optimized Android applications for Office 365, Linux, Adobe, and more.
Myth #2 – “Chromebooks are not secure”
Widely considered to be the most secure operating system, Google Chrome has security built-in at every level to provide end-to-end protection. From automatic updates and sandboxing, to verified boot, data encryption, and recovery mode, Chrome OS can securely support employees across the enterprise.
In fact, Chrome users don’t need to maintain those costly virus protection and other endpoint security software subscriptions, because Chrome OS protects, contains, and repairs security threats all on its own.
Don’t want to take our word for it? Here’s what former FBI most wanted hacker, Kevin Mitnick had to say on the security of Chrome OS:
“I don’t know of any secure OS. In the past eight years, I’ve had 100% success at penetration testing on all of them. Wait, ChromeOS, ChromeOS is the most secure because of its very limited attack vector–there’s just nothing to exploit.”
Myth #3 – “Chromebooks only work when they’re online”
Like other laptops, you can use your Chromebooks to update certain applications without Internet access.
Chromebooks offer offline access to Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and a number of offline enabled Chrome and Android applications.
Plus, because it’s a cloud-based OS, any changes you make in these applications will sync automatically the next time you connect to the internet, so you don’t have to worry about version control, ever.
Myth #4 – “Chromebooks cannot run legacy applications”
Have you started your journey to the cloud but are still running a few internal legacy applications? You don’t have to wait for these applications to be moved to the cloud to start utilizing the speed, simplicity, security, and shareability of Chrome OS.
Many organizations utilize virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions to give end users access to legacy applications. In fact, VDI solutions often run much quicker on a Chromebook due to the lightweight operating system and increased security.
Myth #5 – “Chromebooks cannot be managed”
So all this sounds great, but say you need to manage each device on an enterprise level to ensure all the proper software is installed and prevent users from installing harmful software or accessing things they shouldn’t have access to.
Enterprise customers can manage their entire fleet of Chromebooks from a single cloud management console can use Chrome Enterprise Management. The console includes 200+ management policies, including policies that follow specific users across devices and policies that are specific to a device(s).
Charles Schwab (a Chrome Enterprise customer) rolled out more than 1,000 Chromebooks in less than 2 months using Chrome Enterprise Management. Everything worked right out of the box without the need to bring in IT to install any software or manually customize settings on each device. Instead, Charles Schwab used Chrome device management to automatically push software to each device and lock it down with their specific set of policies.
Have another Chrome myth you want to throw at us? Interested in learning more? Give us a shout to learn more about how your company can take advantage of the speed, security, simplicity, and shareability of Chrome OS.