Even though you think that if you lock your Chromebook, you are safe, it can still be accessed by other people using malicious USB drives that mimic keyboards or “Rubber Ducky.” The goal of Chrome OS is to stop this type of attacks using a feature called USBGuard which could also be seen in a Canary Chrome build by Chrome Story. What does it do? It is not that complicated. It helps to stop the operating system from executing commands or reading code from USB devices when you lock your Chromebook. This sounds similar to the new feature introduced by Apple in their IOS 11 that does not allow UDB activity is the phone has been secured for more than an hour.
However, do not worry about the devices that were plugged into the Chromebook before being locked. They will continue working the data transfers will not be stopped. You will be able to take advantage of this feature once it arrives and you can personalize it the way it suits you.
Compared to Windows and other devices, Chromebooks is considered to be more secure when it comes to clueless users that do not really know that a computer can be used for more than playing games, writing in Word or watching a movie. However, when it comes to Rubber Ducky devices, any computer can be vulnerable, more exposed being the miniature ones.
This feature will be excellent for people who want to keep their information secured on their Chromebooks…I mean, everyone, right? Nobody wants their personal data to be violated by bad actors that would use it in other kinds of activities that would interfere with what the owner wants and needs. Hopefully, even better such features will come in the future.
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