great i feel more secure that our federal official will spend our dollars in more safe computers so just in case they get lost my SSN would be protected!
God Bless Technology! after what 30 years
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At the very least, the person that steals one of these gets a harddrive they can re-format, free RAM, and a lot of replacement parts (screen, keyboard, cpu, touchpad...) that they can sell for several hundred dollars on eBay.
Someone who actually wants your data is not going to connect the machine to the Internet (or even boot the machine): They're going to pull the hard-drive and attach it to a machine that already has all of their cracking tools installed. The only thing that stops this is the use of full disk encryption - which you could install without paying the monthly fee theses OEMs are going to want.
And remember, people using FDE are just as likely as anyone else to have their data stolen once the OS is running.
The anti-theft tech will be disabled by default, and most users won't turn it on - either because they don't know it's there, or they don't want to pay the monthly fee, or for privacy reasons.
So, not a big game changer.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
I think I have to agree. Encryption is the way to go. I dont have my laptop encrypted, but IDK who would want my email account and pictures. Steam is the only thing that has much value and I don't auto save my password so they would just know my account name. Which now that I think about it they could get the password sent to my email. Damn. I fail.
*Goes to encrypt laptop harddrive*
For companies and other professionals this might be great, but what about a regular person? I'd much rather like to get my laptop back, then preventing any thief from accessing the data.
You might want to use something like IP Sneak or Lo Jack for Laptops instead of buying a new computer :)
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