Safe and sound—digital security with home desktop PCs

In today’s digital world, consumers face a barrage of online phishing attacks, new forms of nasty malware, and the risk of virus-infected desktops like never before. Unfortunately, cyber criminals do not discriminate, and it’s very easy to fall victim to their scams.

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But what if you could rest easy at night knowing all of your pictures, videos, and personal files are securely stored on a high-capacity, always-available desktop PC that stays safely in your home? [i]​,[ii] Here are a few ways that Intel Security is making this possible.

Built-In Protection for Stronger Security

At its core, Intel-based desktops build security in from the silicon up to help safeguard your files, online transactions, data, and identity on a device that can reside securely in your home. Desktop PCs that are running 6th gen Intel Core processors feature hardware-based technologies that protect against a wide range of malware attacks and exploits—and help keep your system and data free from hacking, viruses, and prying eyes.

As an added layer of support, the hardware-based security capabilities of Intel Identity Protection Technology can be found on more than 500 million PCs[iii] to support trusted device authentication. Now you can enjoy amazing computing experiences and more control over your personal content and information without worrying about the next Trojan horse.

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Say Goodbye to Passwords

Creating one strong password that you can remember is hard enough, but doing it for every single online account is almost impossible—until now. Many people use the same password everywhere, so it doesn’t take a skilled hacker to break into an account, just a good guesser.

“More than 90 percent of passwords today are weak, predictable, and ultimately crackable,” says Dave Singh, product marketer, Intel Client Computing Group. “What we’re trying to do is help consumers develop good security habits when they’re browsing and shopping online, and password managers make this very convenient by decreasing frustration to provide a better user experience on their PCs.”

As one example, True Key comes preloaded on most Intel-based desktop PCs with McAfee LiveSafe software. Users can sync their data across Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices and import passwords from all browsers and competitors. Advanced multi-factor authentication (MFA) and biometric security make it easy to sign into any account. Choose at least two different factors (e.g., trusted device, face, email, master password, numeric pin, or fingerprint) and the app will verify your identity. For additional security, you can add more factors and make your profile even stronger. Basically, True Key can recognize you and sign you in—eliminating the need for passwords altogether.

“With so many different ways to log in and get to your personal content and information, password managers can really help increase productivity by saving time and headaches,” adds Singh.

Seamless Online Shopping

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Imagine being able to walk up to your PC and have one central app manage your mobile wallet, healthcare account, or hotel membership profile. You can now book travel, buy and ship gifts or upload photos to the cloud more conveniently and better protected against malware.

Some password managers can also store wallet items—credit cards, addresses, memberships—and make it easy to “tap and pay” at checkout for secure online payments and transactions. Intel technologies feature fast, end-to-end data encryption to keep your information safe without slowing you down, with built-in hardware authentication to provide seamless protection for online transactions.

“Your high-capacity, always-available desktop can stay safely at your home with all your locally stored files, but you can securely access the information from other devices, including your smartphone,” Singh says.

“Paired with new Windows 10 sign-in options like Windows Hello, desktop computing is truly becoming more personal and secure. It really shows how digital security is advancing to work better together for the best home computing experience.”

So the next time you log into your home desktop PC, you can do it with a smile. Download the Flash Card for more tips on how to safeguard your digital security.


[i] Intel technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at intel.com.

[ii] Requires an Intel® Ready Mode Technology-enabled system or motherboard, a genuine Intel® processor, Windows* 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 OS. Results dependent upon hardware, applications installed, Internet connectivity, setup and configuration.

[iii] True Key™ by Intel Security. Security White Paper 1.0. https://b.tkassets.com/shared/TrueKey-SecurityWhitePaper-v1.0-EN.pdf