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    Senior Member nihil's Avatar
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    Wink Drive Encryption

    The "Big Six" have agreed a hardware encryption standard:

    The world's six largest computer drive makers today published the final specifications(download PDF) for a single, full-disk encryption standard that can be used across all hard disk drives, solid state drives (SSD) and encryption key management applications. Once enabled, any disk that uses the specification will be locked without the password -- and the password will be needed even before a computer boots.
    [Modified for grammar and sense]

    Article here:

    http://www.computerworld.com/action/...9&pageNumber=1

    Any bets on how long it will be before we get a "forgotten the password" post on AO?

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    It's amazing that they can spin this crap as though it's a wonderful
    new feature for users. all I can see are mountains of unusable hard
    drives and forums clogged with "I forgot my password" and "I bought
    this used laptop"
    I came in to the world with nothing. I still have most of it.

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    Senior Member nihil's Avatar
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    all I can see are mountains of unusable hard
    drives and forums clogged with "I forgot my password" and "I bought
    this used laptop"
    Yep, just the way I see it

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    I really Don't see this happening to every machine. Especially for some time. I think there are a number of pitfalls for this type of Full Disk Encryption solution that need to be resolved first. Namely, data recovery in the event of a hardware failure, or compatbility with two factor authentication and/or PKI solutions. For a number of companies, a simple password at a pre-boot screen does not meet the corporate security policy, and FDE software that would meet this requirement would definately not operate well on top of an already encrypted drive.

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