One PC secure enough for banking, but still usable for casual Web surfing?

Posted by pwitman - June 3, 2010

A wonderful serendipity connected me with some folks at Intel Labs, Nikhil Deshpande and Vinay Phegade. Out of that grew a number of discussions, one of which led to a thought-piece recently published at

The gist of the piece is that it should be possible to use a single PC for both high-sensitivity work (like your banking), and for casual web surfing. Now of course, most folks already do this – but they risk their information regularly, due to the plethora of malware out there that can infect their PC and steal their information.

The folks at Intel Labs have a vision for how they might be able to segregate off a portion of the technology in the PC, and use that for the secure functions, while retaining normal PC functions in the rest of the machine. See their overview summary here.

I’m happy to have had the opportunity to work with my Intel colleagues, and look forward to more such opportunities – technology is a great gig because it never stays the same!

Update 6/9/10 – Found a related story by Brian Krebs about a business banking user who on one occasion used his home “casual web surfing” PC for banking, and lost $100,000 in the process.

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