Lenovo adds Remote Disable via SMS feature to ThinkPad Notebooks

Nov 26, 2008

Lenovo on Tuesday announced that it will build a new security defense system against unauthorized data access on Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks. With this system, users will be able to lockdown their ThinkPad notebooks just by sending a text message. This feature will help when a notebook is stolen or lost.

Termed as, the Lenovo Constant Secure Remote Disable, this feature was developed in conjunction with Phoenix Technologies, which specializes in embedded technologies. It will be supported worldwide wherever cellular phone systems support GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) SMS (Short Message Service) text message transmission.

Lenovo ThinkPad Constant Secure Remote Disable Feature

To activate the Remote Disable function, users create a simple text message command such as “lockdown now PC” or “PC shut off” that can be used in case a notebook is lost or stolen. A user can send the kill command to the ThinkPad notebook via cell phone to the PC’s onboard mobile broadband service and the computer becomes useless to unauthorized users.

If the notebook is turned off when a user sends a kill command, the function will automatically disable computer the next time it registers on the network. What’s more? You will also receive a confirmation text message that the Remote Disable technology has been successfully executed. To reactivate your disabled ThinkPad, you will have to enter your pre-set passcode created during notebook startup.

“Remote Disable dramatically reduces the anxiety and waiting people often experience when they’ve been the victim of a lost or stolen notebook PC,” said Bob Galush, vice president, Software and Peripherals Marketing, Lenovo.

The Lenovo Constant Secure Remote Disable feature will be available on in the first quarter of 2009 on selected ThinkPad notebooks that are enabled for mobile broadband.

via: Lenovo

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