Googler François Beaufort has this week announced new security additions to the Chrome OS admin control, that now allows admins to be able to secure data on lost or stolen Chromebook hardware by placing the systems into a disabled state.
The new Chrome OS “disabled state” feature will make the system unusable, providing anyone who turns on the system, with a screen explaining to them that the Chromebook has been disabled, together with your desired contact information for a possible return and reward as you see fit.
The Admin console has been updated with the following changes to policies and the device list:
– Admins can now place lost or stolen devices in a disabled state and display a customer message on the disabled device screens.
– The search feature in the device list now accepts partial matches for serial numbers.
– A new user policy is available to determine which users have permission to enroll new or deprovisioned devices. Devices that are on the forced re-enrollment screen can still be enrolled by any user in the organization.
– Deprovisioned devices are no longer blocked from enrollment, now that there is a user policy to control enrollment permissions. As a result, there is no longer a need to place devices in the “Pending” status in the device list.
For more information on the new security updates that have rolled out to Google’s Chrome OS operating system this week jump over to the Google Chrome support website with more details are listed on how to use the new disable mode to secure your data on lost and stolen Chromebook devices.
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