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Apple Patents Power Adapters that Store Passwords

Category: Science & Technology
Posted: 07:18PM

The security of Apple products is easily a matter for debate and argument in the computer world. Some believe Macs are safe and do not require the security Windows machines use, while others recognize any computer is a vulnerable computer.

A simple, and often effective, way to secure a computer, or any piece of data, is with a password. Despite this there are many people who do not use a password, but Apple thinks it knows how to help them. Acting under the assumption it is the difficulty and inconvenience of recovering a password that causes people to not use them, Apple has filed a patent for a power adapter that includes a memory chip to store an encrypted password or recovery question. The encryption key is stored on the Apple product, so when paired together, the password can be recovered simply.

Of course an additional assumption of Apple’s is that a thief, when stealing a device, is not also going to get the power adapter. However, Apply says it could create a similar system that uses other peripherals, like printers or routers, which are less mobile.

Personally I would think adding a fingerprint reader to a MacBook would be easier and safer, though it may not look as good on the shiny case.

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ClayMeow on January 6, 2012 07:56PM
I can understand this maybe for iPhones and iPads, but I'm with you - when it comes to laptops, who carries one without the power adapter?

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