PCs with hardware security on their way this year

By Derek Sooman on March 16, 2005, 2:41 PM
Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM have begun selling desktops and laptops that have what is called trusted computing hardware - basically, security-sensitive applications to lock down data.

The technology locks specialized encryption keys in a data vault--essentially a chip on the computer's motherboard. Computers with the feature can wall off data, secure communications and identify systems belonging to the company or to business partners. That means companies can improve the security of access to corporate data, even when the PC is not connected to a network.

This technology is expected to take off this year, when desktops and notebooks with the tech enabled will start being sold by Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM. It is expected that, during this year, more than 20 million computers will ship with the trusted platform module, up from 8 million in 2004.

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Phantasm66 said:
You must have all seen the IBM Thinkpad commercials that show the biometric thumb scanner being used in place of a password. I think this is really cool.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
I happen to remember the time when people talked about privacy and security of TCPA / Palladium. Now the devices are here, and suddenly - but not surprisingly - they're seen as a 'good thing'. Just have to give credit to their marketing team. Anything goes.
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