Google's Chrome OS is far more powerful and versatile than most folks realize -- and one of the platform's greatest strengths over traditional desktop OSes is its deceptively simple approach to security.

Chromebooks, you see, make security almost entirely automatic and thought-free from a user's perspective. The devices receive regular behind-the-scenes updates with no action required on your behalf; they utilize sandboxing to keep every page and application in its own isolated environment; and their software relies on a special hardware-connected setup that ensures every computer is always running tamper-free and official Google software every time it powers up.

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