Covenant Eyes for Chromebook

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My fiancee and I just received our first wedding gift, and it was a Chromebook. I (husband to be) am the keeper of the device for the next two and a half months until we get married. I've struggled with porn.

All of my other devices are defended by CE, which I love. My first move was to look for Covenant Eyes to download for Chromebook, but there is none. The problem seems to be that Chromebook has its own operating system, Chrome OS. There are no versions of CE to download for Chrome OS.

Since Chromebooks are designed to operate mostly or entirely for internet access, it seems like Covenant Eyes for Chromebook would be a relevant thing. I REALLY hope you consider making this a reality. As for me, it seems that I will have to survive the next two months using old fashioned forms of accountability...
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William Andersen

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Pam

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I would like Chrome books to be work with CE as well. My son has one through his school and the only filter he has is one in which the school system chooses. He's 14
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Hello William  and Pam,

We hear your desire for protection on the Chrome Book loud and clear.

William, you hit the nail right on the head as to why there is no Covenant Eyes for the Chrome Book. Chrome OS is different; So different, in fact, that Chrome OS is not really an operating system at all, it's merely a computer that is able to run a single application, Google Chrome (this is a summarization, of course).

Because the computer can only run this one application, the only way to develop software for the Chrome Book is to create Google Chrome extensions. The issue with relying on extensions to provide accountability or filtering is that they are incredibly easy to disable on the Chrome Book. It makes circumvention trivial.

The good news is that as time goes on, more Android apps are able to be ported over to the Chrome Book. Currently, the requirements to run Covenant Eyes effectively are not in place yet but we hope that Android support continues to grow on the Chrome Book and our users can find peace of mind on that platform in the future.
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I would really like it on Chromebook as well. I use Chrome for my windows Computer and I made the switch from iOS to Android because the iOS app was simply a browser and a sub par one at that. My thought is that an extension within Chrome would still be SOMETHING and that it could have a way to lock down the browser if it was disabled, or at least send an alert to accountability partners that it was disabled.  
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Chrome extensions do not inherently have the kind of authority needed to perform the tasks you are describing with any OS. (we wish they did).

There is a chance (however slim) that some of the new technology that we are in the works of developing for Android may have Chromebook application someday. No promises and no time estimates however. 
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Emily Allen

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Any update since 9 months ago?
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James Chao

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Any updates? Thanks.
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Hey

I was just speaking this with one of our Android devs last week. In the next few weeks Google is rolling out the first set of Chromebooks which will to run Android apps. We have hope that our Android app will be able to run on these new devices, which would be a big first step. The truth is we won't know for a little while yet, but we plan to test it out asap.

Assuming that he tests work out, our app in theory could run on any Chromebook after Google rolls out the OS update, but that is out of our hands.

That's all the news we have, sorry I can't give you more.
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Thanks for the update John - and definitely I would be interested in hearing about this more.

From what I've heard about this, it seems like the Android framework is running as a subsystem inside Chrome OS, so even if the CE Android app runs smoothly, I'd expect it not to see web activity from the native Chrome browser that runs outside of Android. But, I guess we can't say for sure without looking at it.

With the limitations of ChromeOS, I would like to make a suggestion, which is to have a different approach for CE on ChromeOS. Even if CE cannot BLOCK uninstallation, if it could notify accountability partners when the extension is uninstalled (and/or subsequently re-installed on the same machine), that might be sufficient. That's similar to the approach taken by Accountable2You and from people that I've talked to, it seems to work nicely. 

I really would like to see CE on Chrome OS, and currently use CE on multiple platforms, so really would like to see you guys putting something out for ChromeOS even if it's more limited in functionality!