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Intel Sandy Bridge business chips have remote kill switch

Posted on Monday, December 20 2010 @ 21:16:23 CET by

Intel's David Allen confirmed the Sandy Bridge-based business processors with vPro technology will feature a new remote kill switch technology that will make it possible to render lost or stolen laptops useless:
Speaking to IT Business, Allen explained that corporate IT departments could configure Sandy Bridge-based laptops to be deactivated on demand, providing a remote 'kill-switch' that enables lost or stolen laptops to be rendered useless remotely.

While the technology is simply an enhancement of anti-theft technologies already available on some corporate Intel platforms, it's an indication that Intel may be targeting Sandy Bridge at large corporations. Sadly, however, there are currently no signs of the technology appearing at the consumer level, where it could mimick Apple's Mobile Me remote management technology on its iPhone and iPad devices.
Source: Bit Tech



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