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Intel & Ericsson's Laptop Anti-Theft Tech

Should a laptop go missing, Ericsson’s mobile hardware will be able to accept an SMS that would signal Intel’s Anti-Theft function inside the processor platform to locking the computer. Another SMS would be able to unlock the computer after it’s found and recovered.

"We have entered a new era for security for the on-the-go businessperson in which losing a notebook or having it stolen can have disastrous implications," said George Thangadurai, director of Intel’s Strategy and Platform Planning Group.

Last month, Lenovo detailed a system that works in very similar manner. Owners of upcoming new ThinkPads will also be able to disable and enable with an SMS.

What’s different about Ericsson’s technology is that its HSPA Mobile Broadband Module contains built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, which means that any lost or stolen laptop can be located in an instant. Perhaps even more interesting is that the GPS may also be used to keep the laptop inside a pre-defined area – say within company property – and signal a theft if the laptop should leave the so called “geo-fence.”

Ericsson said that its Mobile Broadband Modules are already optimized for Intel Centrino 2 processor technology to “achieve excellent battery life” and will be available in commercial data protection products starting second half of 2009.

  • liemfukliang
    Please create auto self destruct program. It is a bit like KMS, when in a six month doesn't reactive, the laptop will be explode. This will make a laptop thief think many times before they steal a laptop, and that also make a stolen laptop buyer think also. This mecanism must be greater than any console, because many console has been cracked to play pirate game. So it need a new unbreakeable one. Like it will crc the core hardware, when there is a temper found, it refuse booting, etc.
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  • goryachev
    As long as this systme won't be mandatory in the private sector, I don't give a shit.
    I certainly won't buy a laptop, which can track my position all times.
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  • enforcer22
    so no cell phones or gps units in your future i guess. Or are you simply oppossed to laptops.
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  • kelfen
    make is blow up so pple think twice about stealing a laptop. it would be lol if the guy is carrying it and he is sent to the hospital
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  • bowing up laptops? Thats the stupidest, least thought out idea ever. I think a better idea would be to completely stop the computer from working... kinda like the idea of this article... Wow, how ingenious... Who cares if you can be tracked... we're already at that age where we can be tracked almost no matter what... if you really give a f*ck... then what are you doing wrong where it would matter if someone knew where you were?
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  • Tindytim
    thogrombowing up laptops? Thats the stupidest, least thought out idea ever. I think a better idea would be to completely stop the computer from working... kinda like the idea of this article... Wow, how ingenious...I take the middle ground here. Keeping the computer from working can't stop me from popping out the hard drive and putting it in another PC and reading the information. You still need a method for making the hard drive unusable, by erasing the information, or permanently damaging it.

    Although I'm not sure how you would go about doing that. But a single instance of booting without this SMS key causing the hard drive to fry seems like the best idea for me (always keep a back-up in a safe place).

    Who cares if you can be tracked... we're already at that age where we can be tracked almost no matter what... if you really give a f*ck... then what are you doing wrong where it would matter if someone knew where you were?Exactly. I don't understand what so many people have issues with when it comes to simple privacy. Unless you happen to be somewhere you should be, why do you care?
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  • Tindytim
    thogromWho cares if you can be tracked... we're already at that age where we can be tracked almost no matter what... if you really give a f*ck... then what are you doing wrong where it would matter if someone knew where you were?
    Whoops, this was the quote I wanted to make. Forgot to add the beginning section on there.
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