|04-25-2005, 04:30 PM||#1|
Recovering Gadget Addict
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
MS Longhorn OS to Store Security on a Chip
CBS/AP are reporting "Microsoft Corp.'s plan to hardwire computer security into a silicon chip rather than relying on software alone will make its debut in the next release of the Windows PC operating system that will ship late next year. The technology, to be described by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates during a speech in Seattle on Monday, will protect the startup of PCs equipped with a security chip and ensure that sensitive files aren't accessible when someone tries to boot the computer using a portable hard drive or floppy disk."
This may increase security, but it seems that it will also shift the control of security. Not clear what that would mean for freedoms of users to control their data and applications. One advantage is that your sensitive data may remain secure even if the computer is booted from someone an alternative boot drive, like a jump drive.
|04-25-2005, 07:15 PM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: New London, CT
Device: Direct Neural Implant
No thanks, stay away from this, far far away.
|04-26-2005, 11:19 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2004
Device: Assorted older devices
If you want your data safe from floppy/CD boots, encrypt it with something secure. Don't trust Microsoft and hardware to do it. Hardware fails, and many OEMs would just put some cheap crap into it, which WILL FAIL. (Even if it's not cheap crap, hardware eventually fails - it's just a matter of time.)
And then what do you do when it fails? You hope someone's cracked the protection, thus nullifying the entire point of it.
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