What is it?
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT) is another smart innovation from Intel. As identity thieves become more advanced in their hacking techniques, Intel has built two-factor authentication directly into the processors of select 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor-based PCs, helping to prevent unauthorized access to your important personal accounts. Two-factor authentication is the standard in identity protection technology1. Using one factor, something you know (like a username and password) and adding another factor, something you have (in the case of Intel IPT, a six-digit One-Time Password linked to your PC), two-factor authentication improves your level of security. With Intel IPT, this unique One-Time Password (OTP) changes every 30 seconds, so even if thieves are able to obtain your username or password, the code is difficult for thieves to predict.
Why it matters.
Identity theft is a growing global concern for individuals and businesses. Secure, but simple-to-use solutions are required as hackers devise new methods for obtaining usernames and passwords. Intel IPT is a powerful, additional layer of security that links your PC to the online account or financial asset that you select, decreasing the ability of thieves to access account information from non-associated computers. Intel IPT helps keep your accounts secure, even if your first layer of authentication is breached.
How it works.
Intel IPT is built into select 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor-based PCs, so there's no need to memorize a code or attach a security device to your computer. When you access an Intel IPT-integrated web site, Intel IPT will automatically prompt you to associate your PC with your online asset. On subsequent logins, you will be asked to provide an easily accessed six-digit code. Intel IPT's smart technology makes this process simpler and more secure, changing your code at regular intervals before your account can be hacked.
Intel® Identity Protection Technology for business.
Intel IPT is an intelligent solution for businesses that have considered or utilized token-based authentication solutions in the past. Token-based solutions have required decision makers to weigh their costs against the benefit of the added protection: the cost of the back end service or software, the cost of the physical tokens, and the management costs and logistics of shipping replacement tokens, tracking them, and even activating them.
Intel IPT eliminates costs related to physical tokens by providing a secure place for codes and algorithms to execute: the PC itself. Before Intel IPT, this required separate token hardware. With Intel IPT, when a user goes to your web site, SaaS application, or VPN, the PC effectively becomes the token.
The codes generated by Intel IPT are applicable in a variety of security situations. Not only can Intel IPT help to secure consumer assets, but it can also be used to protect employee VPNs, suppliers, and partners. Banking, financial, social networking, gaming, healthcare, real estate, and SaaS application businesses can all benefit from affordable protection with Intel IPT.
Intel® Identity Protection Technology for software vendors.
Identity protection software vendors (ISVs) view two-factor authentication and One-Time Password (OTP) solutions as the standard for securing online accounts. Intel IPT allows vendors to store their OTP algorithms inside the processor itself, in a secure chipset called the Manageability Engine (ME). Intel's hardware solution eliminates the complexity and unstable nature of OTP software solutions, as well as the user-dependent problems of tokens.
For over 12 years, identity protection software vendors have successfully secured billions of transactions. Intel IPT makes it easier on ISVs by providing a place to secure user identities on the chip.