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Exposure Studied: Google Chrome OS and Chromebook

Recently most of the laptop news has been about Apple and what processors it might be using in future models. Devices are evolving and we could soon have units that can be used for many hours without the need for recharging. This week it has been about the exposure of the Google Chrome OS and the Chromebook.

Ryan Naraine of ZDNet is reporting that the new laptops are not the most spec loaded devices, and this may not be a problem as the Google Chrome OS is the first commercial consumer cloud-centric OS. It has been designed with the idea of throwaway terminals, but without the fear of losing your data. With this in mind the OS cannot get damaged or infected with malware.

If you have a crash all you need to do is reinstall it and re-sync with the cloud to get up and running again. Google have also claimed it won’t need virus protection, but recently a French company cracked security protections built into Chrome. But with all of our data being stored in a cloud and available 24/7 it will be highly tempting for criminals.

All criminals will need to do is get hold of authentication tokens that are needed to access the account, which is similar to what malware does now. The endpoint may now be more secure, but as the data is stored in a more risky location, it will be easier to quietly take it away.

Criminals will be busy trying to get their hands on the access credentials, as soon as they have those they won’t need to get bank accounts and passwords, they will all be neatly stored on the Google Dashboard. So in some ways the security for Chrome OS will be better, but in other ways much worse.

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