Chromebook Stolen – How to disable it or locate it?

disable-stolen-chromebookMany devices have ways to track them down if they are lost or stolen. Unfortunately, no Chromebooks are equipped with a GPS device which can be used to track.  There is no location feature for Chromebooks because they do not have GPS.

If you left a logged in Chromebook unattended, whoever picks it up can do all sorts of mischief, including changing your Gmail password and taking over your account. they will have full access to all your saved passwords.
Chromebooks are extremely secure – but only when they are locked or logged out or powered off. Simply pressing the lock key on the keyboard is all it takes. You should change all your passwords immediately, and make sure you have enabled Google Two Step Verification for your account.

To find out your Chromebook’s logon history do the following:

  1. Login to the Google Apps Admin Console
  2. Click Device Management > Chrome > Devices
  3. Locate your Chromebook in the list of enrolled devices. If you have the serial number you can use the search feature.
  4. Once you’ve found your Chromebook in the list, click it to view the details of the device:
  5. Click Recent Activity to view a list of people who recently logged onto the device and when.

When out of my house, for security I do one of the following:

  1. Shut Chromebook down when I am finished using it (Ctrl-Shift-QQ takes ~ 1 second to shut down)
  2. Press the Power button briefly to enable screen lock
  3. For automatic screen lock, enable this setting.

Disabling a stolen Chromebook

Google has provided some great new tools to deal with stolen or lost Chromebooks. You can disable a Chromebook until it is returned. You can also add a message to the logon screen so that anyone using it is under no illusions about who that Chromebook belongs to.

  1. Login to the Google Apps Admin Console
  2. Click Device Management > Chrome > Devices
  3. Locate your Chromebook in the list of enrolled devices. If you have the serial number you can use the search feature.
  4. Once you’ve found your Chromebook in the list, click it to view the details of the device.
  5. On the left click the drop down menu and select Disable from the list:
  6. Then, in the new window, click Disable to stop the Chromebook being usable.
  7. You can also visit the “Disabled device return instructions” page (Device Management > Chrome > Device Settings) page to enter a custom message up to 512 characters giving information about how the device can be returned to the school.

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