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Microsoft wants to arm the PC

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Microsoft has begun the study of a new security system that should definitively stop all sorts of computer piracy, both that which aims to damage systems by infecting them with viruses, and that which usurps the rights to digital content.

The project, known as Palladium and which is carried out in collaboration with a series of partners including Intel and AMD itself, would be based on the use of software and hardware components intended to arm the computer. In fact, Microsoft would 'promise' the same architecture of the PC, outlining a high security area in the machine for access to which the data will have to go through an authentication and encryption process that will control its flow and validity. Coverage will be complete as Palladium will take care of managing the flow from chipsets, graphics cards and USB ports.

According to what is learned from the first documentation on Intel, the system will be able to create a safe space inside the PC where nothing that has not been authorized to do so by Palladium will not be able to enter. This would prevent the entry of viruses into protected areas of the system, but also applications and files of various types could be excluded from use thanks to the new technology

In practice, Microsoft would guarantee a very high security system for the management of digital content rights, which represents the dream of the great film and music production companies. Palladium could also be used to limit the sending of e-mails and therefore cancel the risk caused by viruses, or guarantee maximum security, preventing them from being read after a certain period of time

According to Redmond Palladium it could be subjected to a cracking process, but the effects would be limited to a single machine and would be much more difficult and expensive than circumventing software protection systems.

The project, as mentioned, only in a very primordial stage. Nobody can tell if it will actually work and when it can be implemented. But already at this point of development some associations are raising the first doubts about its real goodness for consumers who would have much less control over what takes place inside their machines.

In parallel, Microsoft could have much more power on the computer market since, as far as we learn, Palladium would need Windows to work even if in Redmond it is not excluded to work also with the competition to make the system compatible with other platforms.