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Chromebooks gain new security and accessibility updates for remote learning

Google launched a faster way to sign into some websites with Chrome OS earlier this year without using the password you've created for those sites. Thanks to the company's Web Authentication (WebAuthn) feature, you can log into supported websites using the PIN or your fingerprint you've used to sign in to your Chromebook.

Google Chromebook PIN login

Today, Google announced that it's bringing the ability to log into a Chromebook using a six-digit PIN to education users. The feature will be available starting in August on devices powered by an H1 security chip. You'll be prompted to set up a PIN when you sign into your assigned device. The search giant noted that the new update is meant to support students as they participate in remote classes using the devices assigned by their schools.

Google is also rolling out a new accessibility update in August that will allow students to choose a certain point on their screen with the new Point Scanning navigation mode. It's part of the Switch Access input method for Chromebook that allows users to control their cursor using a built-in keyboard or an external device that connects via USB or Bluetooth. To use this feature, you need to select the horizontal location of your choice first and then choose the vertical location.

New panning method for the full screen magnifier on Chromebook

In addition, Chrome OS has added a new panning method to its full-screen magnifier that lets you keep the mouse at the center of the screen as the viewport pans with the mouse's movement. Previously, you could only pan the screen when the mouse reaches the edge of the magnified viewport.

Google also released new tutorials for its screen reader ChromeVox. These include a quick orientation and interactive lessons. A new page is also added in the admin console to display the Chrome Insights Reports, which show the Automatic Update Expiration date of a device.

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