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Intel Looks to Protect More Than Computers

WSJ - Intel Corp.'s deal for McAfee Inc. envisions using hardware to accelerate antivirus and security software to help the chip giant move into new devices and markets. The companies said Thursday the combination will allow them to modify future Intel microprocessors to add security features into the brains of machines. It's a venerable idea in security circles that has so far made little headway in consumer products. Their partnership makes possible specially enhanced chips that could help encrypt data faster to protect email privacy and help authenticate the identity of users before they boot up portable devices or tap into corporate networks, other industry executives said.