Ever heard the term ‘Phishing’? Phishing is actually tricking people into revealing of passwords with phony emails. It is a problem on the rise nowadays. According to an estimate, 117,000 corporate cyber attacks everyday that involve phishing for a username and password. But it seems hackers using phishing as a method to hack the emails of different people are in for a surprise as Intel has announced a chip technology that according to the company is designed to foil such hackers. Tom Garrison an Intel Vice President informed that the chip known as ‘Intel Authenticate’ will be added to the company’s line of sixth-generation processors and tested by some businesses before entering production.
Intel plans to make this chip a part of all the processors that it sells for enterprise PCs. The authentication system is unique as it uses hardware-based "multifactor authentication" that is more than one method of identifying a user-to keep hackers out, even if they obtain passwords. In addition to this, putting the authentication process on a chip has an added advantage of making the PC itself a part of the security system. The new business processors of Intel will verify an employee’s identity with a personal identification number, proximity of the employee's mobile phone or badge, biometrics like a fingerprint, and location of the building the employee is in. It will be the IT department’s call to embed one, two or more factors in the chip. This is great because the chip can give future IT managers the option of eliminating long, ever-changing passwords and replacing them with short personal identification numbers, or fingerprints and other identifiers.
This chip can be super useful because there is a secure element inside the Intel processor that will manage the security factors. This is something that was unheard of earlier. It is a good thing because when it comes to hacking we need to be a step ahead of them.