IBM extends PC security

Posted on February 21st, 2005

IBM has announced new security technologies for its ThinkPad laptops and ThinkCentre desktop PCs, including fingerprint authentication, disk encryption and a theft recovery service.

New ThinkPads will incorporate a version of Absolute Software’s Computrace in the Bios firmware from this month, allowing stolen systems to be traced, according to IBM. For customers signed up to Absolute’s Computrace service, the firm guarantees recovery of stolen devices. It can also remotely delete sensitive data, at the owner’s request.

IBM has also partnered with encryption vendor Utimaco to offer customers the SafeGuard PrivateDisk tool, which creates a secure virtual drive on hard disks and removable storage devices.

SafeGuard PrivateDisk Personal Edition will be available as a free download to IBM customers from March. An enterprise version with extended configuration and distribution options will also be available.