“The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) has released software specifications that enable developers to create applications that use the Trusted Platform Module 1.2 (TPM) 1.2 security chip,” Tom Sanders reports for vnunet.com. “The TPM is an open industry standard that can be used to securely store and encrypt information… Microsoft relies on the chip for the Bitblocker feature in its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system. The technology will prevent data loss if a laptop computer is stolen by encrypting the contents of the hard drive. Apple is also believed to use the chip in its new Intel powered iMacs and MacBook Pro systems to prevent users from running its OS X operating system on non-Apple hardware. A spokesperson for the computer maker declined to comment on the use of the chip in its systems.”
“The new Trusted Computing Group Software Stack Specification enables applications that use new features that were added in version 1.2 of the security chip,” Sanders reports. “The new version among things supports anonymous attestations, a feature where the security chip will vow for the user’s identity without disclosing any information… Other new features include support for external storage devices, allowing the chip to turn a USB memory key into a security key or to encrypt data on external storage devices. Analyst firm Endpoint Technologies projects that this year 50 million systems will ship with a TPM.”
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