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Intel's new tech will render stolen laptops unbootable

Via Ars Technica: "Laptop theft can affect users in more than one way. Not only do you lose your (undoubtedly not cheap) portable computer, you also lose all of the data on it. Of course, backing up ensures that it's not actually lost to you, but what about the person who has the laptop? Your electronic tax returns, embarrassing videos of yourself singing and dancing to N'Sync songs, and salacious e-mails are all somewhere out there, out of your control.

Intel hopes to reduce that level of embarrassment (and more importantly, identity theft) by introducing Intel Anti-Theft Technology later this year. The technology would involve placing a chip in the machine that would prevent it from booting without the owner's permission, Intel Mobility Group chief Dadi Perlmutter told The Register, although he declined to go into much more detail. He also indicated that ATT might one day incorporate tracking technology so that users might eventually be able to get their hardware back."

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Dark_Overlord3397d ago

1. they say that if you put the HD in another computer it will be able to read it,

OOOOOOOOOOOK i'd prefer the laptop to work but the data to be unaccesible, maybe its just me but i'd prefer the theif to ahve a laptop where they can't access my data rather than a laptop that doesn't work and they can just plug the HD into another computer.

2. "He also indicated that ATT might one day incorporate tracking technology so that users might eventually be able to get their hardware back"

Anybody else dislike the fact that they will be able to pinpoint exactly where you are (well the laptop anyway) at any given time, whats to stop people intercepting the signals and discovering exactly where your laptop is making it even easier to steal?

j4gs143396d ago

reduce, possible. but this only tackles small time petty crime. the proper fraudsters and thieves are always one step ahead..where theres big money to be made theres a big mind behind it...

Horny Melon3396d ago

it renders it useless to anyone who doesn't have the key.