Intel have revealed that their upcoming Sandy Bridge processors will feature a technology they like to call the Anti-Theft 3.0, which does just what it names indicates – protects users’ computers if they get lost or stolen.

Big processor is watching you steal

This is done via the users activating a remote ‘killswitch’ when they realize their computer is lost, after which the computer will shutdown and no longer turn on. The computer doesn’t need to be connected to a network or the internet, but the person sending the command can only do so via 3G.

While the decision to have this feature be on the processor is a bit strange, this will still bring a smile on the faces of various businesses who now have a way to protect sensitive data from being stolen – even if it’s only until the thief removes the hard drive and inserts it in another computer.

Along with better security and recovery features, Intel will launch the Sandy Bridge processors at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

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