Traveling? Bring a Chromebook; They’re Encrypted

A man holding a Chromebook.Konstantin Savusia /

Chromebooks are great travel companions. They have many advantages over Windows laptops: their storage is always encrypted by default, they are inexpensive, and they are not vulnerable to many problems that affect Windows PCs.

Encrypted storage protects your data

Chromebooks always have encrypted storage. This protects your data if your Chromebook is stolen. Another person who gets your Chromebook can’t see your files unless you know your password and sign in.

This is far from guaranteed with Windows laptops. Some Windows laptops are encrypted by default with something called “Device encryptionBut many are not. To ensure encryption on Windows, you will need to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro at the cost of another $ 100 and go out of your way to activate BitLocker.

In other words, it’s very likely that a thief will be able to access files on your Windows laptop by boot from another operating system or remove the internal storage from the laptop and connect it to another computer.

If you’re using a Chromebook, that’s fine. Everything is always encrypted. You don’t even have to think about it. Just make sure you’re using a strong password to connect you.

Macs, iPads, iPhones and Android devices are all encrypted by default, also. Windows is the only operating system that does not offer encryption to everyone as standard functionality.

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Avoid Windows 10 problems on the go

Chromebooks also have other benefits when you travel. Chromebooks are fairly inexpensive with laptops. Some Chromebooks are expensive, but most are fairly inexpensive.

Google’s laptop operating system is a little less complex. You won’t have to deal with large updates that require long reboots or other software problems down the road. You simply get a fast Chrome browser without any other software bothering you. Chromebooks aren’t vulnerable to Windows malware either.

Of course, Chromebooks aren’t ideal if you need specific software that only works on Windows. These are not good machines for PC games. But, if you use your laptop as a computer for web browsing and other basic tasks, a Chromebook is a good choice.

Let’s face it: many people just use Windows laptops and MacBooks for web browsing and other basic tasks that you can easily do on a Chromebook. You can also edit Office documents offline on a Chromebook.

If that’s all you’re going to do on the road, consider taking a Chromebook instead of a Windows laptop.

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