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Dissection of Fujitsu Lifebook UH572 December 13, 2012

Posted by Bilal in Fujitsu Lifebook UH572, Product.
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Dont get scary, in this post we are not going to physically dissect a Lifebook rather we will be technically discussing SOME of the features of the Lifebook.

On a business trip from Riyadh back to Jeddah, I found myself sitting beside an arrogant  Dell Inspiron 15 fan boy. I do not mean to say that all Dell Users are arrogant but this dude really happen to be an old days DELL fan boy.

When the flight was up on the air, both of us opened our machines and we had a talk:

Fan Boy: Is this is real laptop or just a China made laptop type gaming console

Me: This is not a laptop at all.

FB: Then what it is ?

Me: it is an Ultrabook

FB: Ultrabok??? What exactly it is?

Me: Ultrabook is an innovative technology by Intel that comes between laptop and desktop computers

FB: Nice, what this special this tiny and shiny toy has got in it that my all-time love, rock solid Dell does not have?

Me: Well, to be  something, does not necessarily means it should be bulky and dull looking. Gone are the days when big size was a symbol for being well equipped. This slim and elegant Lifebook has got a 3rd generation i5 processor, 13.3’’ Anti-glare display and a lot of other promising features.

FB: That’s just okay nothing extra ordinary as compared to my Dell

Me: Well, for your information, it has got a SSD hard disk for a quick boot-up. It has a 4-in-1 card reader. It has USB 3.0 and its Bluetooth is 4.0.

FB: It sounds good but still not fabulous.

Me: My shiny Lifebook has got some other features to amuse you. It has a built-in HDMI port as well as buit-in 3G module. Just insert the data enabled SIM and you are connected, no need to look around for hotspots.

FB: that is something, but does your Ultrabook or Lifebook as you are calling it, has some kind of security?

ME: Lifebook is the brand name of Ultrabooks by Fujitsu. It is a blend of German and Japanese expertise gained over a period of 30+ years. You are asking for the security, Lifebook has got state of the art security features like Advanced Theft Protection (ATP) which allows you to remotely lock/erase your data in case of theft.

FB: WoW, that’s really impressive.

ME: You can check the full specifications of these Lifebook HERE.

FB: That’s good, but I have a concern.

ME: Sure, go ahead…

FB: Such a powerful and elegant machine would be very much expensive.

ME: Ohh, it’s not like it sounds to be. It is very much economical as compared to its features. You can check it here: www.shopfujitsu.com

FB: Its really nice to know and thanks for sharing such valuable information

ME: It’s my pleasure…

Then he asked me if he could test my Lifebook. Then we had a good time exploring and discussing about it.

 

It feels really good to share some good information with others.

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Fujitsu Ultrabook UH572 – Security Features December 5, 2012

Posted by Bilal in Fujitsu Lifebook UH572, Product.
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Security has been a hot topic since long. With more and more stuff going in digital form, along with it’s a lot of benefits it has its price. The highest of them is the security (I believe so). Here, we are going to talk about the Lifebook UH572 from security perspective.

Normally, there is a default plan/path and if required a backup plan. The UltraBook has gone one step ahead with three (main) levels of security:

  • Physical or Anti-Theft Security
  • Hardware or Device Security
  • Soft or Data Security

1. Physical or Anti-Theft Security

Lifebook has got a Kensington lock slot (or K-Slot as it is called in short). It is the primary anti-theft mechanism used these days for electronic devices. It is used to attach devices to their bases/stands to avoid theft. Details about K-Slot can be checked here: Wikipedia

Kensington lock slot

Figure: Lifebook UH-572 — K-Slot on the extreme left

Drawback:

The way it is easy to install, the same way it is easy to crack. It can even be picked using a cardboard. It is just an attempt to block from novices attacks.

2. Hardware or Device Security

If  someone happen to steal your Lifebook (God forbid but it could be a real situation), among many possibilities, one case is that if you have got your BIOS as well as hard disk password protected (yes, Lifebook provided with BOTH of these options), the person will try to open your machine and get some benefit from individual components.  Lifebook have got six T6 Torx. This is not a regular type of screw and its driver is commonly not available.

Drawback

The sad thing is T6 Trox screw driver, although not commonly available but it is not so hard to find.

3. Soft or Data Security

As it has been mentioned above that Lifebook is equipped with BOOT and HardDisk password, it also provides a new and wonderful feature Advanced Theft Protection aka ATP. It allows you to remotely perform operation on your machine like theft report, data deletion etc. You can read in more details about ATP at this link: Advanced Theft Protection(PDF File)

Final Thoughts

Even with all these layers of security, there are always some open holes that have to be considered. But, its a lot lot better to have a complex security instead of no security at all, at least in this way your chance/magnitude of loss is highly reduced.

Disclaimer: To make some thing secure, you should be aware of the possible breach points