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Intel Anti-Theft Technology

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 by | Filed Under: Security Help
 
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While wandering through the Intel display at CES this year, I came across some pretty exciting anti-theft technology that’s developing. I’m sure that many of you have heard of Lo-Jack. They are best known for providing tracking technology for recovering stolen cars. Well, it seems that Intel and Lo-Jack have been working together to provide a similar technology for laptops. Intel provides the hardware to make it work, and Lo-Jack provides the tracking and recovery services.

What is Intel Anti-Theft Technology?
Intel’s Anti-Theft Technology is hardware that is built into a laptop. If you have a machine with this new technology, it will not look any different or act any different, until the Anti-Theft mechanism is triggered. If your laptop is stolen or lost, it will lock down. The thief will be presented with a simple black screen with white letters asking for the unlock code and will not be able to get access to your computer. It’s as simple as that.

How Does It Work?
There are many ways that Intel Anti-Theft can be activated. If your computer is lost or stolen, you can call the appropriate monitoring company (Lo-Jack in this case) for them to lock down your computer. As soon as the system connects to the internet, it will immediately lock. If this is not soon enough for you, you can set up automated locking solutions. For example, if someone attempts to log in too many times, or if your computer doesn’t connect to the internet within a certain amount of time the system will lock. Once the system is recovered, simply call the monitoring company so they can provide you with the key necessary to unlock the system.

What If My System Is Lost For Good?
If, for some reason, your computer cannot be recovered, you don’t have to keep worrying about your personal data. With Intel Anti-Theft technology, your hard drive can be erased remotely. Just have the monitoring company send a signal to the computer and it will erase itself.

~Gary

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