HP ships laptops with disk encryption

Business-grade laptops include full disk-encryption software from SafeBoot

HP is shipping business-grade laptops that include full disk-encryption software from SafeBoot so lost and stolen laptops don't result in lost or compromised data.

The software installed on the devices inserts itself in the boot process, so users must authenticate themselves to the software before the operating system kicks in.

If the device is lost or stolen, SafeBoot device encryption prevents anyone without the proper authentication -- which can include two-factor authentication -- from accessing the machine.

The software on the laptops is intended for small and midsize businesses that don't necessarily have the resources to buy and manage an enterprise-size disk encryption environment, HP says.

The version of SafeBoot software on the HP laptops was custom made for HP. The company says it plans to upgrade it over time to include other authentication technology.

HP is rolling out the SafeBoot-equipped laptops now as it delivers its 2007 models, a spokesperson says.

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