by Anton Shilov
12/03/2008 | 11:56 AM
The anti-theft protection technology was promised by Intel Corp. a long time ago, but only now its hits the market thanks to Lenovo as well as Absolute Software. The technology blocks stolen mobile computers or can allow locking the systems remotely if they do not comply with special requirements.
Select models of Lenovo ThinkPad T400 notebooks that offer Intel Centrino 2 platform with Intel vPro technology will ship Intel anti-theft PC protection “Ready”, needing only to be activated by companies’ IT departments. Absolute Computrace and Intel anti-theft PC protection working together provide the PC with intelligent mechanisms that detect potential theft situations and respond according to programmed IT policy.
For example, if a Lenovo ThinkPad T400 notebook has not "checked in" with the Absolute Monitoring Center over the Internet within a specified time, anti-theft PC protection working through Computrace, it would automatically lock the notebook, rendering it unusable to an unauthorized user. Additionally, an IT administrator can use Computrace and Intel anti-theft PC protection technology to make a device inoperative when it is lost or stolen. The next time that computer "checks in," the computer will be locked. Working alone, Intel anti-theft PC protection can lock a computer if it experiences more than a prescribed number of password attempts, or if it exceeds an internally programmed IT policy for check-in time. The IT department can unlock the computer when it is back in the hands of an authorized user.
“The notebook lost in the airport or stolen from a car can be devastating and is a common nightmare in the back of every business traveler's mind. The collaboration with Absolute and Lenovo is aimed at helping solve that problem. The fusion of technologies in the Lenovo ThinkPad T400 notebook establishes a new level of security for today's mobile workforce,” said George Thangadurai, director of strategic planning and general manager of anti-theft program at Intel mobile platforms group.
Computrace with Intel anti-theft PC protection support will be available in supported regions on select Lenovo ThinkPad T400 notebooks through the company’s web-site and its business partners beginning in December.