Microsoft is boosting security through hardware in Windows 10 PCs, phones
The burden of Microsoft’s efforts to secure Windows 10 is now falling on PC, tablet, and smartphone makers.
Microsoft is making a hardware-based security feature called TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0 a minimum requirement on most Windows 10 devices. Starting July 28, the company will require device manufacturers shipping PCs, tablets and smartphones to include TPM 2.0.
TPM has been available for years, mostly on business PCs. TPM 2.0 provides a hardware layer to safeguard user data by managing and storing cryptographic keys in a trusted container.
The TPM requirement “will be enforced through our Windows Hardware Certification program,” Microsoft said in a blog post.