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Phoenix tags PCs BIOS

by Nikola Strahija on November 2nd, 2005 Phoenix Technologies has announced a new product, TrustConnector 2, designed to tag and identify Windows PCs using a BIOS-protected encryption key. When PCs running the system connect to a network, they can then be identified as legitimate.

TrustConnector 2 works by creating a unique encrypted key, which is then stored either in a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip, or in an area firewalled by the Phoneix BIOS, if one is present.

Attackers attempting to access the network using stolen user names and passwords will be refused, despite having legitimate logins. This is the main advantage for sysadmins.

The software can carry out this device authentication, regardless of connection type. A range of x86-derived devices will work with TrustConnector, including PDAs and smartphones.

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