I've looked around but not seen this mentioned. I currently have paid virus protection on my laptop, and I still lost everything a few weeks ago to a nasty bug. What's available/offered for this problem on the Chromebook?
Thanks Ronald, that's a really good thing to hear. I am still smarting from having lost lots of good bookmarks, photos and documents. Even though important things were backed up I have no way of getting back the other stuff.
Also to add to what has already been said, you don't need antivirus protection on a chromebook since nothing "executes" on your computer. It's all in the cloud. Servers like Google's servers are scanned all the time and what not, plus your files even if they're infected, it wouldn't matter, you'll be using online editors with the files, they don't "execute" the files even on the server end. They simply parse through the code of the file and recreate it for the browser. Thus even if you had infected files your computer would never get harmed, nor would Google's servers(unless a hacker was extremely clever)
It sounds great to not have to worry about virus protection. I am paying so much a year to keep my computer and files safe because you never know when you might click on the wrong link and end up destroying your computer!
Windows users have endured the virus threat for many years. I'm not sure why except that many don't know there is an alternative operating system. The linux kernel which Chrome OS is based on has been relatively virus free up to now. The Chrome OS is even more secure than the standard linux distributions. Only one hacker AFIK has been successful in hacking Chrome OS. And he was doing so to assist Google in keeping things secure.