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MEDIA ADVISORY: Securing Your Notebook Inside and Out

  • 27 July, 2007 11:01

<p>“With the growing ease of notebooks being stolen and hacked into, gone are the days where anti-virus programmes, VPN firewalls and physical locks sufficed as security measures for notebooks owners”, Mr. David Niu, Product Manager, Fujitsu PC Australia explains. “All notebook owners should secure their notebooks not only on the software level, but from hardware and physical thefts as well. With the wide variety of security options available in the marketplace, notebook PC users can rest assure that their notebooks are well protected”.</p>
<p>Whether you are a corporate professional, student, or home user, notebook security should be the top-of-mind concern when choosing a notebook. The greater the level of security, the greater will be the level of personal peace of mind, comfort and satisfaction. As notebook PCs are more susceptible to theft with the misuse and loss of data compared to desktop PCs, securing your notebook is an essential must for every owner. From the common file viruses to more sophisticated worms and Trojan horses, every notebook owner urgently needs to explore and understand virus threats and prevent oneself from these attacks.</p>
<p>Most people believe that by equipping their notebooks with popular antivirus software. This is sufficient enough to protect their notebooks against these malicious viruses. Think again! When there is more than one way where you can lose your notebook or passwords, more safety measures have to be in place to protect your assets and data.</p>
<p>Software security is not the only form of protection that notebook owners should be concerned with. Physical theft is one of the most commonly reported incidents in the case of theft and fraud involving computers. Furthermore, a recent report by Computer Economics states that insider misuse and unauthorized access by insiders are ranked as the top security concern, with spam, malware and unauthorized access by outsiders following closely behind. Bearing this in mind, there is a major security concern for all notebook owners - corporate and individual.</p>
<p>Many professionals and consumers do not realise how serious a threat these physical thefts can pose. Confidential personal information stored on hard drives including medical records and financial transactions are of great worth to thieves as they can be used for blackmail and easy access to bank accounts. Sensitive corporate information is also highly susceptible to theft, especially as they contain information such as customer contacts, research and development details, business directions, financial and staff records that are at great risk of being stolen.</p>
<p>How can I secure my notebook?</p>
<p>If you asked the average Joe what he should do to secure his notebook, a commonly predictable answer would be the Kensington computer lock. Although an effective form of hardware protection, it is not enough to withstand the threatening host of viruses. Notebook manufacturers are increasingly paying attention in developing enhanced security features and instilling efforts to educate the mainstream consumers. What are the options available in the marketplace today? Let's explore the possibilities:</p>
<p>1. Security Panel</p>
<p>Available on majority of the Fujitsu LifeBook notebooks, the security panel or LifeBook Lock serves as a protection system against physical theft for notebook owners. Depending on the number of panel buttons, the code will consist of a series of panel button combinations that the user creates, requiring them to physically press to activate the power-up of the notebook each time upon starting and resuming from suspend mode. Without the code, trespassers will not be able to power up the machine to gain access to data stored in the hard disk. This unique feature is available for corporate and personal users to protect against any unauthorised entry.</p>
<p>2. Down to the Chip with BIOS</p>
<p>The BIOS is a brilliant invention as it contains all the codes required to control the keyboard, display screen, disk drives serial communications, and a number of miscellaneous functions. Users can be assured with this form of system protection, as a system boot up password will be prompted each time the system starts up. The BIOS is placed on a ROM (read-only memory) chip that comes with the computer and ensures that the BIOS will always be available and not damaged by any disk failures.</p>
<p>3. Protect your Data with Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Security</p>
<p>The 2-level HDD password protection featured in selected LifeBook models helps to further safeguard the hard drive from any possible unauthorised use of confidential data stored in the hard drive. Of the 2, 1 password is for administrator use and the other for users; with administrator password being able to clear the user password. What this means is that in the event of hardware theft and the hard disk drive is transferred to another notebook, files and folders will not be intruded upon as a password is required to "unlock" the hard disk drive to gain access to the data. This password is a combination of eight alphanumeric characters which ensures a greater level of security.</p>
<p>4. Safeguard with Trusted Platform Module (TPM)</p>
<p>Fujitsu offers the TPM option in selected models of the LifeBook U Series, Q Series, E Series, S Series, P Series and T Series. TPM is targeted towards corporate users as it maintains the privacy of the owner by protecting sensitive data stored in the hardware, authenticating the platform, and protecting any unauthorised use of digital signatures and random number and key generations. This hardware device enhances the security level of the hardware and operating system based on a trusted computing platform.</p>
<p>5. The Touch of Security</p>
<p>As more customer-oriented activities such as banking, shopping, and the reading of newspapers have shifted towards an online presence; consumers often have numerous passwords to remember. The fingerprint authentication featured on models such as the LifeBook S and P series, is a system that offers a secure way of protecting personal systems while eliminating the need to remember numerous passwords. With the simple swipe of a pre-registered fingerprint onto the sensor, users can effortlessly log into webpages and access encrypted files and folders.</p>
<p>6. A Three-Dimensional Protection</p>
<p>If you have ever accidentally dropped or moved your notebook too violently and then lost your valuable data as a result, Fujitsu has a thoughtful application for you. The Fujitsu 3D Shock Sensor, with an advanced three-axis sensor technology, automatically helps to reduce the risk of hard disk drive damage.</p>
<p>Upon detection of movement, the hard disk drive head automatically retracts so as to prevent the sensitive disk surface from being scratched, leading to potential loss of any or all information. New security enhancements are now possible too. Imagine your notebook automatically locking itself with password protection during thefts or robbery attempts, because movements were sensed. To prevent unwanted disruptions, simply personalize the sensitivity setting. Add to this the spill-resistant keyboard, and you are well protected against life’s minor accidents. Fujitsu has it all figured out for you.</p>
<p>What can we expect for the future of notebook security?</p>
<p>With the ease of notebooks being stolen and hacked into, the unauthorised use of notebook data can strike anytime, anywhere. Being aware of the diverse range of security options including security panels, BIOS, HDD security, TPM, and fingerprint authentication will allow consumers to protect their notebook systems. The possibilities of notebook security remain endless with technologies such as voice detectors, retina scanners and even palm vein authentication. Notebook users can be assured that their notebooks and secured documents are well taken care of.</p>
<p>This media advisory was brought to you by Fujitsu PC Australia.</p>
<p>Fujitsu PC Australia is the Sales and Marketing office of Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific (the Asia Pacific Regional Headquarters for PC business of Fujitsu Limited, Japan. Its responsibilities include the marketing and sales of a wide range of personal computers for the corporate and end-user markets in Australia and New Zealand.</p>
<p>Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific pledges “Built-in Confidence” for every product under its brand name to reassure users of product and service excellence. From high performance components to stringent quality control and professional after-sales service, Fujitsu stands for reliability and satisfaction.</p>
<p>Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, highly reliable computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers’ success. Fujitsu also makes every effort to ensure that our products are manufactured in a bid to promote environment conservation and protection. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of about 4.8 trillion yen (US$40.6 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. See for further information.</p>
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