|Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Motherboard: P55 vs X58|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 24 September 2009|
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Smart TPM Security Encryption
Select P55 Gigabyte motherboards receive an Infineon SLB 9635 TT 1.2 chip (marked SLB9635TT12), which enables 2048-bit encryption on the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). The Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 includes a Infineon SLB9635 chip and Smart TPM Security feature, which is activated in the BIOS.
Gigabyte's unique Smart TPM (Trusted Platform Module) supports the industry's most advanced hardware-based data encryption. Smart TPM provides users with an easy-to-use software interface to create a portable user key using a Bluetooth cell phone or USB flash drive. Users can access/close their PSD data by simply connecting to the Bluetooth cell phone or plugging in the USB flash drive, without the hassles of complicated configurations. In addition, users can create more than one Bluetooth cell phone/USB flash drive key, so when they lost a key they still can access data.
User-specific e-mail encryption and/or signing to prevent unauthorized persons from reading or changing your e-mails. Using this feature guarantees that only the e-mail creator and the specified recipients will be able to decrypt and read the message or validate the identity of the sender. If you chose to configure this feature, you can request a certificate for secure e-mail (if a certificate request web address is set in your policy settings). The wizard will provide information how to configure secure e-mail. The configuration of your mail client is not part of this wizard. Thus the status cannot be displayed here.
File and folder encryption with Encrypting File System (EFS)
The operating system incorporates the functionality to perform user-specific encryption of the content of folders and files on the local computer using the Microsoft Encrypting File System (EFS). Only the user who created a file in these folders can access the content of this file. Other users have to be granted access rights to an EFS folder in an explicit administrative operation to enable them to use files in it. If you chose to configure this feature, you can select a certificate for EFS. You can also request or create a new certificate.
File and folder encryption with Personal Secure Drive (PSD)
Personal Secure Drive features file and folder encryption similar to EFS. Unlike EFS, PSD is supported in Windows Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium and XP Home Editions. A logical drive is provided to permitted users. This drive offers access protection and encryption for all content in it. The encryption is performed automatically. A PSD cannot be accessed via its UNC identifier to get readable data and can be installed only on the local computer. Network access is not possible. If you chose to configure this feature, you can set up, modify or delete your PSD. Like EFS configuration, you can select a certificate for PSD. You can also request or create a new certificate.
Infineon Security Platform Settings Tool
With the Security Platform Settings Tool you can get various information about the Trusted Platform Module of your system. Also, you are able to carry out several administrative tasks, such as to change Basic User Password, perform backups, export/import Security Platform User keys and certificates, etc.
To enable the TPM, follow the steps below in sequence:
Gigabyte offers a fully detailed guide for step-by-step installation and configuration on the product website, where a TPM Installation Manual can be downloaded.