Updates in the minimum hardware requirements for improving the Windows security

Just a day before, when the free update of the Windows 10 is getting over, and few days left for the release of the Window 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft has decided to bring some change. It tweaked the basic minimum system need for the operating system (OS).

A formidable feature of this update is that hardware manufacturers will need to include the TPM 2.0 in devices like tablets, smartphones and even PC. This is especially if you want them to be compatible to the Windows 10 OS. The TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0 is nothing but an extra hardware related security layer. And this helps in protecting the user data.

According to the PCWorld, this so called TPM 2.0 is one of the major key to the Microsoft’s push of Windows Hello. Plus it gives a secured area for storing authenticated keys. As it is hardware based, this TPM 2.0 is quite difficult to crack when compared to the software related security solutions.

Now Microsoft has given a detail description of the system requirement of this Windows 10 on the MSDN. So, those devices which are running on the Windows 10 Mobile must have a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) which simply executes the version 2.0 of the given TPM specifications. Now this so called TPM can either be a firmware related solution that is just integrated to the SoC or it can be added as an discrete element for the device.

Also, the TPM 2.0 fulfills various necessary requirements. One of them is the EK certificate. This certificate must be either be pre-provisioned to the given TPM through the hardware vendor, or it needs to be capable of getting retrieved using the device while the initial boot experience is occurring. Furthermore, this TPM 2.0 version has to ship with the SHA-256 PCR bank and it even has to implement the PCRs 0 to 23 of the SHA-256.

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