Intel and Ericsson Collaborating on Laptop Anti Theft Technology

16 December 2008 By Madhur

 

Intel Ericsson

If you are a laptop owner, then Laptop security is of prime concern to you as laptop stealing is becoming quite common. If your laptop is stolen, your private and confidential data also gets stolen and that is a major cause of concern. To counter Laptop theft, Ericsson and Intel are collaborating to develop a killer technology which makes use of Intel Anti Theft Technology and Ericsson WWAN modules.

Using the new technology, Laptops can be disabled and enabled using a SMS. If a Laptop gets stolen, the technology will locate the Laptop globally and will disable it via SMS. The disabled laptop will not boot and a third party software will take care of the Encryption of Data. Thus the Laptop will become unusable for the thief. It uses the HSPA and GPS technology to protect the stolen laptop. The Laptop can also be disabled if it goes outside a particular range. The Anti Theft function on Intel chips will be triggered by cellular networks. Using it, Laptops can be prevented from Booting, data can be locked and encrypted, data can even be deleted or Laptops can even be traced using the GPS built in the laptop.

This technology will definitely bring down Laptop theft a lot. The new technology is expected to be available commercially in the beginning of 2009.

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L_J says:

As a laptop owner I knw d reason y dis technology can be so useful…. i jz wanted to know whether it ll b launched in India or not……. and if yes what will b the cost????

L_J says:

As a laptop owner I knw d reason y dis technology can be so useful…. i jz wanted to know whether it ll b launched in India or not……. and if yes what will b the cost???? Thank U for bring up such a technology. 😛

SCM says:

Just a thought, but you know if it is just a SMS that will disable it, unethical hackers will be all over that to send SMS to disable/re-enable machines. Not that it won’t be worth it to have this for extra security, but where there’s a will there’s a way.

Alex says:

Soon after the release of it, no doubt Asus will have it in the Eee PCs. 😀

VVK says:

well.. if we disabled the laptop after being stolen, how could we get back the encrypted data. if that thef is grt hacker or technically very strong, then wont he still not be able to decrypt the data or use the laptop.

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