Microsoft Increases Security


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Microsoft, the American multinational technology company, has recently announced that they will be increasing their security through the use of their Windows 10 hardware. Beginning on July 28, Microsoft will start to require new Windows 10 tablets, personal computers, as well as smartphones to ship to their customers with TPM 2.0, which is a hardware based security layer. This change will now place responsibility onto tablet, personal computer, and smartphone manufactures in order to secure Windows 10.

Microsoft has been working hard to create a hardware based security feature, which they are calling TPM, or Trusted Platform Module, 2.0. This feature will be a requirement on most Windows 10 devices starting July 28.

The Trusted Platform Module has already been available for multiple years, mainly on business computers though. The Trusted Platform Module 2.0 will offer a hardware layer which is intended to protect user data by storing and managing cryptographic keys in a trusted container. Microsoft suggested in a blog post that the Trusted Platform Module requirement "will be enforced through our Windows Hardware Certification program."

Hardware manufactures will be required to implement TPM 2.0, whether in the form of firmware or chips. Although it is currently uncertain if users will have the power to disable the Trusted Platform Module, it will be activated by default. The Trusted Platform Module 2.0 will be equipped with significant improvement in comparison to the aging Trusted Platform Module 1.2.

“Many new business laptops, hybrids and tablets with Intel chips already include TPM 2.0. Low-cost PCs typically don't have TPM, but will now need to comply with Microsoft's new hardware requirements. Some Windows laptops now ship with TPM 1.2,” reported Agam Shah from Computer World. “Microsoft is also making TPM 2.0 a requirement for Windows 10 smartphones. TPM 2.0 won't be a requirement for devices like Raspberry Pi 3 with Windows 10 IoT Core, a slimmed-down version of the desktop Windows 10 OS.”

"The goal is to make the PC a more secure platform,"

said a principal analyst from Tirias Research, Kevin Krewell. He also added that currently, Windows is one of the least secure OSes available on the market.


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