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Intel Working on More Accurate Security Software

Technology Review, The Inquirer

Intel is taking a personal approach to laptop security.Under a project called Proteus, the chip maker is working on security software for laptops and smartphones that bases its malware red flags on a user's individual browsing habits -- unlike standard security software, which triggers an alert when Internet traffic moves above a certain threshold. But, Intel argues, that method doesn't account for heavy Web browsers. The vendor has devised a trio of algorithms that analyze possible security issues based on individual profiles.

"One reason security breaches are so rampant is that most of our machines look the same," says Intel Research Berkeley's Nina Taft, who hinted at injecting this type of security at the chip level. "When a hacker breaks into one machine, he can break into all of them...We're trying to inject diversity into computers."Technology Review, The Inquirer

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