In this article we’ll go deeper into this question and figure out does a Chromebook need antivirus software or not.
You might be in the market for a Chromebook or already own one, but what you are wondering is if you need to download antivirus software.
Chromebooks are relatively new to the personal computer market. After attacking the smartphone market, Google is trying to break into the laptop industry.
No, your Chromebook doesn’t need any antivirus software. Chromebooks are built-in with automatic antivirus software in its operating system (OS). This means that when you open a website with potentially harmful viruses your Chromebook blocks the website so the virus can’t spread to the rest of your computer system.
Does a Chromebook need antivirus?
Google’s laptops are considered simple and sometimes restrictive in the applications and software you can download and use on the Chromebooks.
Especially if you’re sure you’re not downloading anything having a high risk of containing viruses. You should be safe.
Keep in mind that Chromebooks and the Chrome OS installed on their computers is designed to be anti-virus.
The most malware and malicious software come from the Google Play store. By downloading Android applications that may contain viruses you could really hurt your pc.
Of course, the Google PS controls all its applications before they can be downloaded by consumers. But unfortunately, no system is perfect and there is a chance that you could download a harmful app if you’re not careful.
However, some Chromebooks don’t even let you download any apps from the Play store which makes antivirus software redundant. Also, you should consider if you really need any of the applications you are about to download. If not, you don’t have to risk your computer safety for an application you probably won’t use a lot.
Why Chromebook make antivirus software pointless?
There are a few ways Google made sure that their Chromebooks are super safe.
- Chromebooks are built on a simple foundation.
- Safety and simplicity were central to the design process.
We’ll talk about the following ways Chomebrooks make antivirus software of no use.
First of all, Chromebooks manage the updates for your laptop automatically.
So you don’t have to worry about updating and restarting your laptop all the time like with Windows laptops.
Well, why is this so important? Old and outdated software is more vulnerable to malware and viruses. So your Chromebook will have all the updated and new software to protect your laptop against the newest viruses and cyber-attacks.
Most traditional operating systems (OS) rely on different components from different software companies; all with different update schedules and mechanics.
Chromebooks update their software in the background and serve no inconvenience to the consumer while installing the newest software.
Limitation of Software
With the Google OS, you can’t download any external desktop programs. This keeps your laptop clean and free of any malware of third party software.
Don’t worry all the software you need for most professions in the business sector are accessible. Chromebooks are also great laptops for students as most things you want to do; you can with the standard Google apps. That’s why you can keep your educational files safely stored and keep an organized and clean laptop for school or business purposes.
You can install browser exertions and a few web apps but that’s it. All the apps and software you need will be provided by Google. This way you’re ensured that all your information is safe by the method called sandboxing which you can read about below.
With that, all of your files and data are stored in the Google Cloud which makes it really hard to lose any important files. Your files are safely stored and accessible in the Google Cloud.
Also, your files are automatically backed up in the Cloud so if you were working on an important document you won’t lose it if you forgot to save it.
Some of the negative sides of this Cloud option are that you have to synchronize your documents online, meaning you will have to be online to access those files.
Google Chromebook laptops make use of sandboxing which means that every internet page and application is being operated in a restricted environment.
If you open a page infected with a virus or malware, you’re other pages and applications are safe and separated from the infected page.
You should think of a scenario where you’re handling your bank account in one tab and you open malware in the other tab. The tab with the malware will not be able to reach to the tab where you’ve opened your bank account details thanks to sandboxing.
If you close the tab which you think contains viruses or spammy software all the harmful software disappears with it. Once you close it, it’s gone because it stayed in its own sandbox and didn’t flood the whole beach (your entire laptop).
Verified boot system
Every time you restart your Chromebook, the Google OS automatically controls all activities and system processes for any problems or damages. This is called a verified boot and any malware that overcame the sandboxing will get caught and resolved in this process.
With this booting system, your Chromebook will be as new, every time you reboot it.
So you won’t have to worry about downloading antivirus software if you think you’ve opened a malicious software or app on your Chromebook.
Chromebooks come with Google’s web apps that you will use for most of the things you do with your laptop.
All important data and files will be collected and safely stored in Google’s cloud.
This data is then coded and encrypted with safe hardware so people that have no access have a real hard time to access those files and data.
You can easily bring your Chromebook back to factory settings and delete any harmful malware or viruses. Because almost all of your files and documents will be stored in the Cloud, you don’t have to worry about accidentally deleting any important things you might need in the future.
It is different than Windows, where you will have to backup every file you have on your internal storage. And also reinstall any applications you had downloaded.
Is a Chromebook 100% protected without antivirus software?
Let’s not lie, no software or operating system is a 100% protected against viruses. Everything can be hacked or be affected by malicious software because a laptop is not a standalone process. It interacts with a lot of different elements on the internet.
All information presented on a computer is to its essence composed of either 0 or 1. This makes it impossible to make software that can’t be hacked.
The more apps and third-party applications you download, the higher the chance you download an app or software that contains viruses.
However, with that comes that Chromebooks are one of the safest laptops on the market for that price point.
When compared to Apple and Windows laptops, Windows laptops tend to be most popular and that’s why most hackers, viruses and malware are designed to attack Windows. That’s why most Windows laptop also comes with a lot of third party applications that you can download to protect your Windows laptop.
Apple laptops are safer than Windows laptops because they use MacOS and a lot of the applications are already built-in the laptop. So you don’t have to download third-party extensions.
With Chromebooks, you get the most security because the software is very simple and does not contain a lot of elements that can be infected with viruses.
As earlier discussed, Chromebooks won’t let you download and install a lot of third-party apps because of the risk of viruses and malware. Also because most of the files are saved in the Cloud they are impossible to get to in the internal storage of the laptop.
Should I still download antivirus for my Chromebook?
Well, it all depends on what kind of files you store on your computer. Most of the files and documents will be safely saved in cloud. With that, you should consider that there is no operating system that is 100% secure and safe.
According to Acer, your Chromebook doesn’t need any antivirus software.
It’s because of the amazing sandboxing technique that the software engineers of Google came up with. Even if that doesn’t work, the verified-boot every time you restart your laptop. Chromebook makes sure to eliminate any threat immediately in the verified boot.
Conclusion and final thoughts on Chromebooks
- Chromebooks are safe enough for personal use and you don’t need antivirus software.
- Sandboxing kills all malware and viruses in the tab or application that you opened containing viruses.
- Verified boot deals with any problems your Chromebook didn’t solve with sandboxing and returns your laptop to normal.
- Google secures all your data and file in the Cloud so you don’t have to worry about protecting and looking for your documents.
- Updates that run in the background so you always work on the newest version of your Chromebook with the best security.