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If you leave your Chromebook sitting around where it could potentially be used by others—but you don’t want them to—it’s easy to disable guest browsing in Google’s Chrome OS so that only registered accounts can use the device. Here’s how to do it.

First, open the Launcher by clicking the small circle button in the lower-left corner of the screen. Then expand the launcher window with the caret up arrow near the top. Locate “Settings” in the launcher (you may have to scroll to the second page of icons) and select it.

In Settings, click “Security and Privacy” in the sidebar, then select “Manage Other People.”

In Manage Other People settings, click the switch beside “Enable Guest Browsing” to turn it off. When off, the switch will turn grey and point toward the left.

Turn "Enable Guest Browsing" off.

After that, close Settings. The next time you sign out, you’ll notice that the “Browse as Guest” option is missing from the login screen. Your Chromebook is now more secure than it was before. Perfect!

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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