Is my method of online banking from work secure? Chromebook + 4G + VPN

I need to do various online banking activities from work, about once a month. I have a Chromebook that I use exclusively for this task. I don’t navigate to any other websites on it, or install any other apps beyond chrome on it.

I have a smart phone with a large data-plan that allows me to create a wifi hot-spot, which I plan to connect to. It uses 4G LTE(in Canada) with WPSA2 PSK security and a password I choose.

My phone also has a VPN feature provided by my subscription to BitDefender, which I plan to enable while I do the banking.

I am not an expert in this area, so I was hoping for some feedback on this setup.

  • Is this a secure way to do banking from a public area? Any flaws?

  • Is the 4G hotspot that my phone will create secure? Or can other users of 4G see my device on the network and hack it or eavesdrop on data that it sends and receives?

  • Will my Bit Defender VPN add any extra security?

Chromebook needs to alway authenticate though ADFS

Not sure if this is the best place to post this but if not i’ll delete the question.

We are experimenting with Chromebooks. I’ve set up SSO and ADFS so that the user has to log in using our ADFS.

The problem is that the user only needs to do this once. Once he has done this the Chromebook asks to create a local password en from that point on the local password is required to log in.

I am searching for a way for users to always log in using our ADFS server. As i was told this can only be done by using the password sync but i find that hard to believe since it also works the first time a user logs on.

I’ve tried changing serveral settings where the password age equals 0 but that does not seem to work either

Is there anyone who know how to fix this, or is it even possible?



I’m looking for affordable chromebook to which I’m going to install full linux

I’m looking for a affordable chromebook. At the moment I have Asus X550JX (i7 4720hq, 8gb ddr3, 1tb hdd/120ssd). I can get 2h on one charge because battery is getting old. I would like to use it as a main machine because it’s still reliable. Chromebook is going to be perfect when I’m on the go.

Main use would be for web development so I don’t need something powerful.

What I look for in a chromebook: Good battery life, 4gb of RAM, 32gb of storage, good looking display (up to 13”).

I would appreciate recommendations. Thank you in advance.

Certain apps offset when running android on PC (Not Chromebook)

I installed android onto my laptop so that I could play a game called Psych with my brother.
When I launch it, The screen is shifted to the right and the mouse it limited to the area of portrait orientation (here is an image

My theory is that the app is a portrait app but when it is displayed on a horizontal screen (like a chromebook) it will strech out these edges so that it doesn’t look bad and the user can just click the important things in the center (that is why the mouse is limited to the portrait area). But for some reason when it launches on the computer it will be forced to start displaying from where the portrait apps start from, causing it to shift over.

Please inform me if my theory is correct or if it doesn’t work for another reason, what the reason is, and most importantly, tell me how to fix it. Please ask me if there is any other information I should provide.

Connect a Chromebook to the internet with a USB Modem?

Main question: The Chromebook is definitely recognizing the dongle as an internet device because an “Ethernet” option becomes available in the Network settings as soon as I plug in the USB, and when I take it out it disappears. It seems that the Chromebook is only having a problem configuring the proper settings, but if I know which settings to change seems like it should be able to work.

Additional details: When I connect the dongle an “Ethernet” option comes up with many options available that I’m not familiar with. I called Sprint but they are not familiar with this. I did see the article about PPP authentication but unsure how to proceed.

This is what happens when I connect the dongle to the Chromebook with screenshots. A “Ethernet” option comes up:

Then if I click the “Configure” box option as seen here:, this pop-up opens:

Depending which EAP method I choose as seen here:, the following options are available:

I did see that OTG cables are able to connect USB dongles to smartphones but the Chromebook doesn’t have the mini usb ports. Perhaps there’s a way to use an OTG cable with a Chromebook?

Another thing to consider here:

If I switch off “Configure IP address automatically”, the status then said “Connected” and it was green, it has some IP address info, but still was not able to connect to the internet.

Came across a “PPP authentication” article from Google, is anyone familiar with this?

Installed Ubuntu 18.04 On Chromebook, Audio Marked “Dummy Output”

I can believe this issue was asked multiple times across this site, especially with the 6 questions that I’ve come across with people having the same issue… Sadly all solutions provided including the solution on the sound troubleshooting procedure page on the ubuntu wiki didn’t work.

Throughout all the commands I’ve tried, configurations and even different audio devices (Bluetooth is the only output I can get audio from) provided no benefit or difference.

When trying the solution under “Sound Troubleshooting procedure” on the Wiki, Step 3, I’ve ran into an issue where apparently it’s unable to locate package “linux-image-extra-uname -r”.

I have attempted reinstalling Pulseaudio and alsamixer, then booting pulse audio and alsamixer. Pulseaudio gives a bunch of errors like this; and just above that image, apparently alsamixer gives the error “Cannot open mixer: no such file or directory”

What options do I have here? Sorry if this is a awful question to ask, or if this is wrong to type, etc, but I’m at a loss here. I’m wanting to see if I could get solutions that may just be a problem for me.

Edit: Bluetooth audio suddenly stopped working, there’s absolutely no output. Also, I forgot to add my chromebook’s model just incase

Acer Chromebook 11 NX.G4XAA.004 – 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3060 – Intel HD Graphics 400