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'kill Switch' Disables Stolen Laptops


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A lost or stolen laptop or notebook computer is replaceable; the stolen data inside it may produce real owner's anxiety. Which makes Fujitsu's newly announced "security chip" for PCs a most intriguing proposition. It's sort of like LoJack for Laptops. The technology, developed with a company called Willcom and scheduled to be rolled out in Japan in the fall, allows the PC owner to remotely delete the contents of the computer's hard drive, even if the machine is not powered on. The trick is done by a module built into the PC, which can be set off by a signal sent remotely over Willcom's cellular-based PHS communication network.

From The New York Times
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