Well, having more options never killed anybody, so why not? Computing security has become the topmost concern for many users, particularly for those that rely on mobile devices.

No one wants to see personal, family or business information land in the wrong hands because of a stolen device. And while steps have already been taken to standardize kill switches for smartphones, it now appears that soon you will have these protective measures on laptops and notebooks.

Intel is said to be leading the charge here, in partnership with companies like Impinj, Technology Solutions UK and Burnside Digital.

The goal here being the creation of an RFID (radio frequency identification) solution that goes by the name of WCE, or Wireless Credential Exchange that can be used to track stolen laptops.

Read up on all the details here.

But basically, this system relies on tiny computer chips that send out radio frequency signals that allow tracking of items at a distance. If all goes according to plan, this system will soon come bundled into Intel system-on-chip solutions.

Burnside Digital is developing custom apps for Windows, iOS and Android. And interestingly, the chip can still be read from and written to, even if the system is without power.

Now, since things are still in concept stage at the moment, it will be a while before we actually see laptops with such kill switches hit the store shelves.

But few will deny that they are an absolute necessity these days.

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  1. What are kill switches? Why are they beneficial? I wonder these two questions, but it seems like a smart thing to add.

    • It lets owner to block access to the stolen laptop or totally wipe out the data stored in the laptop. The data is actually backup in the cloud and so if the owner recovers the laptop later on, he can restore all the data he wiped out before.

  2. So, this will be an expansion of what you can do with things like CompuTrace

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