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Using Chrome OS as a safer way to use the WWW.

Posted 11-21-2009 at 11:36 AM by rich_c

With Google releasing Chrome OS in source code form this week, something occured to me...

It could be a way for security conscious Windows users (OK, I know. The thought of that gives me a headache too!) to perform online transactions like internet banking with a higher degree of safety from malware than they've had previously. Here's how I reckon it'd work:

1. Download Chrome OS from here. You've a better idea where it's coming from that way rather than the BitTorrent option. IMHO...

2. Follow these instructions to install it & use it in VirtualBox.

Here's an article on impressions of Chrome OS's security. I have seen comments that it's so secure it doesn't even trust itself... So, given all that and the fact that it'd be running as a virtual machine and I'd have thought you'd be pretty safe from any nastiness that might be lurking on the host machine...

Disclaimer: I've no reason to actually test this theory. The little bit of work involved would probably not make my web use all that much safer, given my home PCs are Linux boxes anyway!
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    OK, that was a bit of silliness really. I suppose it would work and have the desired effect but there are better ways... There's a piece on security on my web pages. (See profile...) Follow the Rich IT link to find it.
    Posted 11-23-2009 at 08:38 AM by rich_c rich_c is offline


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