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Notebook thieves, eat your hearts out

Zafar Anjum | April 13, 2012
Intel introduces Notebook Theft Protection Service in Singapore

Processor-maker Intel and computer products supplier Ingram Micro have come up with a service that will help you secure your notebook.

According to an announcement made by Intel, these two companies are providing the Intel Anti-Theft Service in Singapore, starting today.

They say it is a first-of-a-kind initiative in Singapore and is available from retail store Challenger. The service will be more broadly available throughout the year as more retailers are penciled in.

"Intel Anti-Theft Technology uses technology built into select 2nd Generation Intel Core processor-powered laptops as a foundation to lock down lost or missing laptops," Intel said in a statement. "It works by allowing a user to submit a lock down request over the web or by configuring a hardware timer to trigger a lock down if the machine fails to 'check in' with a server at set intervals. The service also creates a secure data vault on the hard-drive where personal files can be encrypted and stored."

Ingram Micro has worked with Intel to provide this service as an option to customers purchasing select laptops that are powered by 2nd Generation Intel Core processors and upcoming 3rd Generation Intel Core processors, inclusive of Ultrabooks.

"This service deters theft, helps a lost or stolen PC 'come home' and - in a worst-case scenario - sends a 'poison pill' to disable the PC permanently," said Collin Tan, Intel's country manager for Singapore. "Encryption also helps protect data on the PC, though people should of course still back-up."

Ingram Micro will be offering boxed Intel Anti Theft Service at a starting retail price of S$39.90 (US$32) for a one-year period and S$79.90 for a three-year period from the day the user activates the service. Intel provides service hosting, customer support and working with different OEMs to ensure their notebook hardware is embedded with Intel Anti-Theft Technology.



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