10 May Use the Disable Feature to Discourage Chromebook Theft
Disable feature in Chrome OS prevents unauthorized users from logging into stolen Chromebooks.
One way to combat computer theft rates in schools is to convince potential thieves that your devices don’t hold any value. While inexpensive in comparison to other computer technologies, Chromebooks, of course, aren’t valueless. Yet, the Chrome OS disable feature on version 40 and up renders the Chromebook’s Web-optimized interface and speedy performance completely useless to anyone hoping to score a free computer.
As soon as a Chromebook is lost or stolen, district or school administrators can log into the admin console and remotely select the target computer from a list of devices. The disable feature triggers a forced logout and blocks the thief from using any apps. The computer also displays a warning message explaining that the Chromebook is disabled and prompting the user to return the device to the specified location.
As an added measure, any enrolled Chromebook must be re-enrolled through the most recent network domain after the system is wiped or factory reset. As a result, users who reset computers to try and sidestep the security measures won’t be able to bypass the re-enrollment screen to run Chrome OS. When Chromebooks are recovered, administrators can easily re-enable the devices with a few button clicks.
Fortunately for students, a missing Chromebook doesn’t prevent them from accessing work on the cloud. And while school districts can never stamp out every instance of theft or misplaced devices, making the remote disable feature common knowledge may help administrators effectively reduce asset losses to stretch technology budgets as far as possible.
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