What is Verified Boot in Chrome OS?

Today we’re talking about the Verified Boot process—let’s dive in!

Chrome OS

Before we jump into anything, lets first explain a little about the Chrome OS. Chrome OS is the operating system for Chromebooks. It’s designed to be fast and responsive, so your device reacts quickly even when you’re streaming videos or have multiple tabs and apps open. This operating system updates automatically and without interruptions, so your Chromebook is always running the most up-to-date software without breaking your work flow. Chrome OS has many different features to increase speed, simplicity, and security. One of these many features is Verified Boot.

Verified Boot

A Verified Boot is a sort of self-check, performed each time your Chromebook starts up. When the Chromebook detects foul play, meaning the system has been tampered with or corrupted in any way, the Chromebook will repair itself by reverting to a previous operating system and be good as new. So even if malware manages to escape the Sandbox, your Chromebook is still protected!

Verified Boot - self check

There is only a small list of known executable commands a Chrome device performs, verifying and signing off on before each one so it doesn’t fill your device with tons of unneeded software and downloads.

Your Chromebook also doesn’t allow any edits to it’s file system. With a read-only root file system, viruses or other malware don’t have the ability to change the file system. This prevents any harmful edits to the Chrome OS.

Verified Boot - security

The only edits that do apply to Chrome OS are the automatic updates for the entirety of your device. These background updates help ensure you have the most up-to-date and secure software running on your OS. This means more time to do what you want!

Verified Boot - background updates

A verified boot is just one of the many ways the Google lifestyle can help with speed, simplicity, and security.

If you would like to learn more about Chrome devices, like how to Powerwash your Chromebook or simply learning what a Chromebook is, check out our Knowledge Base.

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