Intel Incorporates Anti-theft Technology Into Laptops and Netbooks’ Hardware To Discourage Theft

Intel Incorporates Anti-theft Technology Into Laptops and Netbooks’ Hardware To Discourage Theft

Chip manufacturing giant Intel is planning to incorporate the anti-theft technology into laptops and network chip sets to make the device theft useless for criminals.

The company is incorporating anti-theft technology into laptops and network chip sets, and collaborating with developers and hardware OEMs to developed and enhanced an innovative anti-theft technology. Through programming a crypto keys in hardware the technology will make a stolen laptop useless even if a thief replace its hard drive.

The company’s anti-theft system allows sys admins to disable a stolen laptop by sending a “poison pill” message and, in turn, re-activate machines as and when a device is found. In addition, the laptop will disable itself if the suspicious user fails to log in for a specified period of time. The latest generation of the technology, introduced at the Intel Developer forum last week, involves placing a GSM receiver in the hardware so that machines can be disabled without first going online.

Intel’s Anand Pashupathy, general manager of anti-theft services business, describes the new anti-theft technology as a “vulcan grip” that suspends the laptop activity.

Intel collaborated with Absolute Software to develop and provide anti-theft technology to market on laptops and notebooks from HP and Lenovo. Lost and stolen laptops create a severe confidential data risk, the answer to which is not provided by anti-theft technology alone. The company is also inked a deal with PGP and WinMagic to offer full-disk encryption.

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