Chromebooks get Clever Badge support – making logins easy and secure for students

By | 12/09/2016

Students using Chromebooks will be happy to hear the news. Two new features have been added that makes logging in easier…and fun at that as well.

Google has announced a new feature called “Clever Badge” which allows students to login to their Chromebook with ease. Google has partnered with a company called Clever, which is where the name stems from. So, what’s this badge thing do?

It basically acts like an ID card you wave at the office to get in. Or like waving your phone at the checkout to pay. Or like waving your credit card at the machine to pay via RFID. Clever Badges work the same way- a student will be able to wave their badge to their Chromebook to login, rather than using the traditional username and password. The Chromebooks recognizes the QR code on the badge and reads it via webcam. This is nothing new, but putting this function within a Chromebook is.

Chromebooks get Clever with Clever Badge – secure and easy

Chromebooks are easier to unlock with Clever Badge making it easy for kindergartners.

Chromebooks are easier to unlock with Clever Badge making it easy for kindergartners.

What’s the point of this exactly? Well, it allows younger Chromebook users to easily login to any Chromebook without needing to use and remember login credentials. Obviously, this is an effort for Google to push Chromebooks to the educational market, which they’re already currently dominating. This allows new students who have never used a computer before to easily log in without having to take additional steps. It breaks a barrier that’s unnecessary and makes access to education, entertainment, and technology much easier. Sure, it’s pretty much just flashing an ID card at a computer. It’s nothing new. But isn’t it cool?

For most Chromebook users, this is pretty much just another cool feature to brag about. However, according to Google, it may have an impact for kindergartners. It’ll ease the login process to where no adult assistance is required. After all, user IDs, especially numeric ones, aren’t the most appealing thing to memorize. Google says this will allow students to be able to securely use their Chromebooks and it’ll be an important milestone for them as well.

“I can’t tell you enough how awesome it is to watch my learners logging into Chromebooks with their little piece of ‘magic’…says Mrs. Kiefer in an interview speaking with Google.

It seems that both students and teachers are impressed with this technology, as Mrs. Kiefer states:

“…and the teacher’s face of absolute relief as to how easy it is…”

If both parties are impressed, and login is secure and easy, it seems like a well-crafted and integrated piece of technology.

Here’s a video demonstrating Clever Badges in action:

Pictures replace passwords for unforgettable login credentials

Going along with the Clever Badge login is another form of secure and ease-of-use function- a super simple login system that utilizes students to create their passwords, with no risk of forgetting said passwords. How do you create an unforgettable password? You don’t use a password. You use a picture.

That’s right. Google has a new feature called the “Cool Picture Login” which lets students make a password by choosing a slideshow of pictures. This technology comes from a Netherlands company called Cloudwise. The idea isn’t that new, but the application and integration within a Chromebook is, as well as the target demographic.

Cloudwise director of Margrietschool in Woerden, Netherlands states:

“This login enables all students to easily and safely log in to their Chromebooks. Teachers can focus on teaching…” This is an ideal which fits perfectly with the dominant market of current Chromebook users- students in primary education.

With these functions added to Chromebooks, the laptop just keeps getting more and more secure. With fingerprint scanners, voice input, and PIN unlock on Chromebooks, how much more secure could you get?


About Andy Z.

Andy is a casual-hardcore Chrome OS fan and contributes to the site regularly. He likes computers, tech, sports cars, videogames, and of course, Chromebooks. Thinker. Introvert. Geek. You can find him on Twitter (@platytech), or send him an email (platy@platypusplatypus.com).

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