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Chromebook security
« on: Monday 14 May 18 19:53 BST (UK) »
Hi there,
We're looking for a cheap small laptop to use on holiday, and like the look of the Dell Chromebook 11 3180. We only want it for browsing the internet and for emails, and we are finding that our previous small Windows laptop is very slow, plus the battery life isn't great, and chromebooks seem to be faster than similar Windows laptops, and have a good battery life. We were wondering, however, if they are OK to do internet banking on, as this is something that we might have to do while we are away?
Thanks in anticipation of your advice!
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Mandy 8)
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Re: Chromebook security
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 15 May 18 08:31 BST (UK) »
I've done internet banking on my Chromebook without any difficulty. Also on my Kindle Fire. 
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Re: Chromebook security
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 15 May 18 09:10 BST (UK) »
Thanks Shaun 8)
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Re: Chromebook security
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 15 May 18 09:27 BST (UK) »
I must say I love my Chromebook, it is great.  Built-in security, small internal memory so important stuff stored on the cloud, but it does nearly everything my large HP laptop does, and more.  Loads of free apps too - I am currently familiarising myself with a photo-editing one.  And of course, with stuff stored in Google docs etc, it means they are accessible from your other devices.  And with a 12 hour battery life, what is there not to like?
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Re: Chromebook security
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 15 May 18 09:45 BST (UK) »
As long as you remember that Google is an advertising company. Their products - Chrome, Android, Search, Gmail etc. - are only there to let them sell your experience to advertisers. Your box reports back to Google everything you do. Doing online banking, for example, lets them sell your box as a target to advertisers of other financial products, say insurance or PPI claims companies.

..and yes, other companies are just as bad!  :( :(
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Re: Chromebook security
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 15 May 18 12:50 BST (UK) »
Thanks Greensleeves and Andrew. Sadly advertising seems inevitable whatever you do, I'm actually quite good now at blocking out all those annoying adverts that appear as soon as you go online!
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Re: Chromebook security
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 22 May 18 12:07 BST (UK) »
Thinkpads are good laptops.

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Re: Chromebook security
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 22 May 18 14:05 BST (UK) »
I'm a Chromebook fan myself!
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« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 22 May 18 15:57 BST (UK) »
Thanks Clam & cati. I have a Thinkpad which I love, and which was recommended to me here on RootsChat! Lenovo do a Thinkpad chromebook now, so I've been thinking about getting that. (oops, 'scuse the 'thinking' pun!) Torn between that, the Dell 11 and an Asus or Acer. Whew! too much choice! ::)
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