The most recent Chrome OS update arrives with two cool new features. You can now connect much faster to certain sites thanks to the web authentication feature as well as program a personalized smart lock screen to your Chromebook.
Google is definitely on a roll when it comes to updates to its Chrome OS operating system.
After recent additions making it easier for people with visual disabilities to use Chromebooks, a version of the system with two new features is already available.
The web authentication function, compatible with some sites, is now added to Chrome.
WebAuthn, this web authentication feature
Until now, Chromebook, Pixelbook, and Pixel Slate owners could already use a digital passcode or the fingerprint reader to quickly unlock their device.
The speed and ease associated with these codes can now be exploited on some websites that support WebAuthn such as Dropbox, GitHub and Okta.
Basically, we no longer need to remember our password to use these sites, while we can instead connect to them by using the unlock code of our computer or Google tablet.
Even if for the moment this function is only available for a very limited number of sites, it can be useful if you are in a hurry or if you can no longer remember your password.
More lock screen customization
While customizable screensavers have been commonplace for years on PCs and Macs, it’s a whole new option for Chromebooks.
Better late than never! This not only allows us to personalize our lock screen with hundreds of images from galleries or our personal Google Photos library, but it also displays the weather and music currently playing.
Finally! It is now possible to program a screensaver on a Chromebook!
How to activate the custom lock screen on the Chromebook
- Click on the time at the bottom right of the home screen to open the panel, then select the gear icon to open the settings.
- To select Customization, then Screen saver.
- Click to activate the selector under Display photos, time, outside temperature or news on the standby screen.
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