IBM Upgrades Improve Security, Migrations

IBM announces upgrades to its ThinkVantage technology suite that improve security and migration capabilities for PC users.

IBM is upgrading parts of its ThinkVantage technology suite to improve security and migration capabilities for PC users.

At Comdex in Las Vegas this week, IBM officials announced a software developers kit for its embedded security subsystem. The kit, available as a free download, should eventually give ThinkPad users even greater security options, said Bob Galush, vice president of product marketing for IBMs Personal Computing Division.

"More security vendors can now write software and solutions specifically to the [systems cryptographic] chip," Galush said. The chip can store everything from data to passwords, he said.

The Armonk, N.Y., company also released Version 4.1 of its System Migration Assistant, which enables users to move such items as data and settings for application and network connections from one computer to another. In the new version, IBM increased the options available by enabling them to skip the need of going to a server during the migration. Using peer-to-peer technology in the software, users can now move the data directly from one computer to another, Galush said.

The new software also enables users to better define the size of files that are being migrated, and users can now get a more detailed list of settings to many applications.

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