Lenovo creates SMS "kill pill'

If BIOS-level passwords, fingerprint recognition and encrypted hard drives aren't enough for the most paranoid portable PC user, get set for the latest in security. A new service will allow users to disable a lost or stolen 3G notebook by sending it an SMS message!

From early next year, Lenovo's new Constant Secure Remote Disable service will allow owners of the latest ThinkPads to shut down their system by sending it a special SMS message from your mobile phone. Once the laptop shuts down, the self-encrypting hard drive will scramble the data.

Up to 10 mobile numbers can be associated with a single notebook, and the content of the SMS itself must be registered with the service so that the laptop will shut down only on receipt of that specific message. And the user will get an automated confirmation message once the notebook is 'locked down'!

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