Setting Up Google Chromebook Questions

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  1. Drew1

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    Bought an acer 14 chromebook and still have not opened it yet. I would like to set it up but i read you need to log in with a google account. Is this necessary at the beginning? I read you could sign in as a guest for privacy but could you set up google chrome without a google account and use it private?
     
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    I believe you have to log in with a google account for the first time setup.
    After that you can log out, and use guest mode which gets wiped every time you log in/out of guest mode.
    Guest mode is just pure stock chrome browser, and doesn't allow you to install or use any addons like adblocker, or chrome extensions.
    On first time setup make sure to allow "share network with other users" so that guest mode will auto connect to any wifi you are logged on to.
    Note: The google account you first setup the chromebook with is the account that will be given any chromebook offers that came with the purchase of that chromebook.
     
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    Hi there thanks. The thing is because i want to web browse privately, i still should use my legit google account then when setting it up? Could i create a brand new google account for this? Im not very interested in any chromebook offers. The thing is even if i create a new google account, i still have to connect it to a phone number right? Back then i recalled you didnt had to put in a cell number but afterwards you had to.


    The thing is i want to browse/surf anonymously. Also i plan to stream tv/sports and mainly porn etc. But then it would be related to my gmail account or not? The thing is i definitely need adblocker and that would definitely require it on those sits. Such as imagine you stream/download etc. On a windows computer, well there is no login issues you put in when you first log in etc. Obviously watching porn is normal but if you download some files from others in forums, that should be still fine? Im talking about forums where ppl post videos to download etc. But it would be connected to my google account? But if i use guest mode, could i still download it or not? It would be files that you open with winrar and play with vlc player etc.
     
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    You may just want to create a new google account if you don't want it associated with any of your other accounts.
    I'm not sure if its possible to create a google account without a phone number. I guess you could google that.
    If you want to use the VLC player app (or any play store apps) from the app store your going to have to be logged in to your main account and not the guest account. You can however log in and then open an incognito window and browse using that without that info being saved into your google history. you may have to allow adblockers and other addons to be allowed to run in incognito mode in the chrome extentions screen.
    It's also possible to install other browsers (firefox, etc..) from the app store. Those shoudn't be sync'd to your google account as long as you have your settings set to not sync / backup app data.
     
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    Can you not just side-load the app (VLC, Firefox etc...) APK files and install them this way? Would skip the app store altogether. This works with Android but not sure about Chrome OS. I'm aware of the possible security issues involved doing this - I'm only asking on academic grounds, since I've wondered about this and imagine that it is possible. Alternatively, I guess you could use one of the various apps around to create an APK file from another Android system that has the app installed from the App store and then move that to the Chromebook via USB etc... which would make it less sketchy getting the app APK's in the first place.

    ... Sketchy thread is sketchy...
     
  6. Drew1

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    HI there thanks for that information. Does anyone know hot to create a dummy google account that isn't linked to my real name etc? I could of course use my regular google account but i want privacy etc and people say you should use a dummy account. But google requires a cell number now. I checked videos online and back then i believe you could, not i dont think you can etc.
     
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    If you’re worried about privacy, it seems that you forgot that your ISP can track your activity regardless of what computer/OS/etc you use. :)
     
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    Hi jarhead, im well aware of that. But i meant more of my google account connected to it.
     
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    Hi there okay i logged into the chromebook.


    Few questions i have


    1. The 32gb i have. I have about 22gb free when i went to the settings or something like that. How can i view my processor and the ram?


    2. So i notice everything is used with chrome. But if i have multiple chrome windows opened, i can't have it opened in tabs such as never combine taskbar buttons? So if i have 5 tabs, i can't have them all showing each one?


    3. For programs like adblocker and similar programs, do i download them from play store or from google ad blocker and download the extension etc? What programs do you recommend i download from the play store?
     
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    Okay so i connected the internal hard drive with enclosure into a usb. It recognize it but then it doesn't show recognized anymore. How do i fix this issue? How do i eject the hard drive or usb? I cannot find it on the bottom right corner etc.
     
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