Personalized Security Protects Laptops

New software adjusts to individuals' behavior
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2008 12:19 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A new laptop security system in development at Intel learns to adjust to you—that is, the user—getting to know your pattern of Internet use in order to provide more personalized protection. The software, called Proteus, is meant for companies that provide laptops to many employees, normally equipping all of them with the same cookie-cutter security system, reports Technology Review.

Among other protections, Proteus monitors users’ habits to determine normal thresholds of Internet activity for each, throughout the day and at different locations—for example, work or home. When the computer exceeds the norm, it’s a warning sign that the computer might be part of a botnet or otherwise infected. Proteus is the first use of behavioral monitoring in laptop security software.