Internet users know that they can protect themselves from online predators and identity thieves by using secured sites and being careful about who they give their personal information to. Cybersecurity is a rising threat, and more and more consumers are aware of the steps they need to take to protect themselves. However, protecting their physical devices from theft can be a bit harder. Physical security measures are often far more elaborate or expensive, and once a thief has access to a person’s laptop or phone, it may only be a matter of time until they can get into the personal files on the device and steal and illegally use the information.
However, Microsoft is taking steps to ensure that consumers who use their laptops will be protected from even physical theft. The company has done wonders with their web browser in regard to cybersecurity and protection and against scams. Now, they are taking that same expertise to their laptops and trying to make them more secure all the time.
The latest innovation they are attempting to incorporate is to connect all of their laptops on a cellular network. This would make it easy to track the laptops and find out where they are and even who is using them.
They could be tracked at any time, just about anywhere in the world, making it hard for thieves to hide, unless they know some way of deactivating the always-on cellular tracking. The idea would prevent thieves from turning off the cellular connection, even using software tools. It could also allow the laptop owners to remotely block access to their laptop and its files.
This would render stolen laptops that carry Microsoft branding little more than a compilation of parts and not nearly worth as much on the secondary market. It would also make it much harder for thieves to access private information and use that to hurt the actual owners.
This idea has not been implemented yet,though. In fact, it is only in the patent stage at this point, and while development may be underway already, it is not ready for the public just yet. There are probably still a few months at least and a few years at most before this notion of physical laptop security becomes a reality.
Already,there are detractors, with many consumers complaining about the lack of control over their online settings and the ability of third parties to track their location and laptop usage. Whether these fears are unfounded or not remains to be seen, but if the patent is approved and the security measures are put in place you can expect there to be some outcry over it.
There is already a going discussion about privacy, particularly in the online space, and when personal computers have to retain a cellular connection,it is going to set some people on edge and make them very suspicious about what their device is doing.
Just thinking about a laptop that can be disabled remotely is pretty astounding. It raises all sorts of questions and security concerns as much as it does assuage some fears about what thieves will be able to access or do on a stolen laptop. We’ll just have to see if Microsoft decides to go ahead with this idea and how they plan to implement it. Microsoft has been hesitant to do anything that angers its customers, so if there is a big enough outcry about an always-connected laptop, then Microsoft may make some tweaks to how this security measure works.