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HP Notebook PCs - Intel® Anti-Theft Technology for your Notebook

This document pertains to HP Notebook PC models powered by the Intel® Core™ and Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor families.
Intel® Anti-Theft (AT) Technology detects when a notebook has been lost or stolen, secures sensitive data by preventing the operating system from loading, and blocks access to encrypted data. Intel AT works even if a thief reformats the hard drive, changes the drive boot order, installs a new hard drive, or stays off the Internet. When the notebook is recovered, it can be reactivated and returned to normal operation.
Intel AT requires an Intel AT-enabled processor, BIOS and firmware that support the technology, and a software security subscription service. To determine whether your notebook supports Intel AT, see http://antitheft.intel.com/find-a-laptop.aspx.

Benefits of Intel AT

The following are some of the benefits of Intel AT:
  • Deter theft – Remove the temptation to steal a notebook which will soon stop functioning.
  • Guard data assets – Protect data on the hard drive by preventing the operating system from loading and disabling access to data encryption.
  • Customize detection/reaction – Control how and when the notebook detects it has been stolen, and what actions are taken.
  • Restore operation easily – Reactivate a locked notebook quickly with no damage to its hardware or data.
  • Personalize a recovery message – Display a personalized "Good Samaritan" recovery message on the notebook screen to aid in recovery.
  • Rely on trusted partners – Subscribe to a software security service to utilize all of the hardware-strengthened Intel AT features.

How Intel AT works

Intel AT monitors the notebook for the following warning signs of theft:
  • Excessive login attempts
  • Failure to check-in regularly with a designated server
  • Too much time spent trying to log in
  • Subscription service issues a theft notification over the Internet
As soon as Intel AT detects a warning sign, it disables the notebook and all its data.

How Intel AT disables your notebook

  • Intel AT locks the Intel chipset, which prevents the notebook from booting into any services, programs, or operating systems, even if the hard drive is replaced or reformatted. The only thing shown on the display when the notebook is powered on is a message indicating that the notebook is disabled.
  • Intel AT also disables access to encrypted data on the hard drive by deleting the key cryptographic files required to access the data. If the hard drive is removed and installed in a different computer, the data remains intact and secure because the cryptographic key has been removed from the hard drive.
When the notebook is recovered, it can be restored to the state it was in before being disabled by Intel AT.

How Intel AT saves your notebook

To help recover a disabled notebook, you can display a custom message when it is turned on. For example, you could display, "This notebook has been reported missing. Please call 1-800-555-1234 to return the system and receive a reward."
Figure : Custom Disabled PC message using Intel AT
Once recovered, a disabled notebook can be returned to full functionality with:
  • A password – Your password for logging into and restoring a disabled device is created when you configure Intel AT. To restore a disabled notebook with your password, select User Password in the Intel AT message screen, then enter the password when prompted.
  • A reactivation code – A unique reactivation code is required for logging into and restoring a disabled device that is managed by an IT department or service provider. To restore a disabled notebook with a reactivation code, select Code provided by administrator in the Intel AT message screen, then enter the code when prompted.
Learn more about Intel Anti-Theft Technology at http://antitheft.intel.com.
Find an Intel® Anti-Theft Technology-enabled software service at http://antitheft.intel.com/get-service.aspx. Some example services are:
  • Computrace LoJack for Laptops by Absolute Software provides system protection and recovery services for consumers. Computrace Plus by Absolute Software provides system protection and recovery services for business.
  • SecureDoc by WinMagic provides data encryption solutions strengthened with Intel AT.
Legal Disclaimer
Intel Anti-Theft Technology, Intel, the Intel Logo, Intel Inside, Intel Core, and Core Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.
No computer system can provide absolute security under all conditions. Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT) requires the computer system to have an Intel AT-enabled chipset, BIOS, firmware release, software, and an Intel AT-capable service provider / ISV application and service subscription. The detection (triggers), response (actions), and recovery mechanisms only work after the Intel AT functionality has been activated and configured. Certain functionality may not be offered by some ISVs or service providers and may not be available in all countries. Intel assumes no liability for lost or stolen data and/or systems or any other damages resulting thereof.
*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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