First unveiled back in 2012 the ORWL open source personal computer has been designed with your data security in mind and is being marketed as the very first open source physically secure computer.
What’s the promotional two-minute video below to learn more about the ORWL and how it can be used to keep your personal data safe. ORWL is currently in the final days of its crowdfunding campaign and has nearly raised double what the team requires to take the secure personal computer into production. For more information, full specifications and to make a pledge jump over to Crowd Supply via the link below.
Among information security professionals, it’s a truism that once somebody has physical access to your computer, it’s game over. Software exploits to steal data take a lot of time, money, and/or skill to pull off, and are only fleetingly effective before the vulnerability is patched. On the other hand, there are many fast, cheap, and easy ways to steal data once an adversary has physical access to your computer. The internals of a desktop or laptop computer are easily accessed and tapped for information, not to mention the myriad ways computer peripherals can hide malicious eavesdropping devices or otherwise be corrupted to work against you. This is where ORWL comes in.
ORWL was designed specifically to prevent undetected tampering with any of its electrical components, including the entire motherboard and storage drive. When tampering is detected, ORWL immediately and irrevocably erases all your data, even if it is unplugged at the time.
We all have precious information, and we all need to store it somewhere. What happens when you’re not around your computer? For system administrators, physicians, lawyers, and journalists, protecting information is critically important. Sometimes it is even a life or death matter. And yet, when it comes to the computing hardware we all use everyday, most of us don’t even take the simple precautions that we use to protect our money. ORWL was created to bridge this gap and bring hardened physical security to personal computing.
Specifications for the ORWL personal PC include ;
Processor: Intel Skylake M3 (without vPro) or M7 (with vPro)
Graphics: Integrated Intel 515 chipset supports 4K output
Ports: 2X USB 3.0 Type C, 1X micro HDMI
Power: External power adapter connects to either USB 3.0 port
Memory: 8 GB
Storage: 120 or 480 GB SSD with automatic AES 256-bit encryption
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
Operating Systems: Ubuntu and other GNU/Linux systems, Windows 10
Secure Microcontroller: MAX32550 DeepCover Secure Cortex-M3 with projected 6-month unplugged battery life
Authentication: NFC + BLE key fob and user password
Dimensions: 130 mm diameter, 30 mm height, 400 g weight
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