Just recently Intel has been putting authentication technology into its chips. These consist of some Core and Core vPro processor-based PCs from HP, Lenovo, Sony and others. These enhanced chips started shipping to consumers over the summer, while many were clueless of the technology.
Intel Identity Protection Technology generates a unique number for the specific PC and a six-digit code that is used to authenticate your computer with your account when logging into a Web site. (Credit: Intel)
This is a two-factor authentication process, which adds an extra layer of security. When you visit a site and type in your username and password, an algorithm running on the chipset generates a six-digit code that changes every 30 seconds from the embedded processor. That generated six-digit code is then validated by the site. Although the downside is that the web site needs to be using this identity protection technology that works with the Intel chip to enable this two-factor authentication.
I think this security tech is promising because it’s making use of hardware to add security. I would hope though that the algorithm that’s used to generate the six-digit codes would be hard to figure out or replicate by a hacker.
What do you guys think about this added security method in Intel chips? Is it practical and would sites adopt it?