Security has always been a priority for Microsoft, with results so satisfying that President Obama himself picked a Microsoft employee for its cybersecurity team. The Redmond giant is taking another step towards improving its device security, making TPM 2.0 support mandatory starting this summer.
With this, all new Windows 10 devices will support TPM 2.0 by default. TPM, otherwise known as Trusted Platform Module, is a dedicated microprocessor whose role is to secure hardware by integrating cryptographic keys into devices. This technology is used in Windows BitLocker encryption, an integrated Windows 10 security feature that protects your data from various security threats like leaking and getting stolen. Bitlocker encrypts your data directly on the hard disk level.
If your hard disk does not have a TPM chip, there is a way to get around this requirement of a TPM chip and encrypt your drive anyway. Check out our step-by-step article if you want to enable BitLocker on Windows 10 without TPM.
The news about the mandatory TPM was released in a presentation on Windows security for WinHEC 2016. Microsoft informed listeners that TPM is a critical component of Windows 10, helping the company to deliver the level of security promised to its customers. The tech giant also makes it clear that TPM 2.0 must be enabled by default and is the minimum hardware requirement for Window 10 (Anniversary Update).
Microsoft’s efforts to enhance security paid off with Edge being the most secure browser of the company, with no zero-day exploits so far. The company manages to stay one step ahead hackers through its four-step security strategy, finding vulnerabilities before attackers do.
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