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Microsoft forcing all PC makers to use stronger security

by Killian Bell | April 14, 2016April 14, 2016 5:10 am PST

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Microsoft has confirmed that it will force all PC makers to use stronger TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) security on all Windows 10 devices. The move will make the latest computers, tablets, and smartphones more secure.

TPM is designed to provide hardware-based security functions on Windows computers, and it is already being used in the enterprise to protect sensitive data. In a post on TPM 2.0, Microsoft confirms it will make the technology compulsory for all PC makers this year.

“All shipping devices for Windows 10 across all SKU types must be using TPM 2.0 discrete or firmware from July 28, 2016,” the company states. “This requirement will be enforced through our Windows Hardware Certification program.”

Not only does this apply to Windows 10 PCs, then, but also tablets and smartphones as well. The only devices that are exempt from this rule are those that use the Windows 10 IoT Core, such as Raspberry Pi — but it is available there, too.

TPM helps ensure that no one can gain access to your machine or its data should it fall into the wrong hands. “It includes multiple physical security mechanisms to help prevent malicious software from tampering with the security functions of the TPM,” Microsoft explains.

TPM 2.0 is greater than TPM 1.2 due to support for SHA-256 hashing, a more consistent experience across different implementations, and more. Check out Microsoft’s post via the source link below to find out more.

Microsoft TechRadar

Killian Bell

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