Words to be wary of: Trust me
Hackers, thieves and people who cause electronic havoc just for the fun of it are everywhere on the Internet. So there is nothing wrong with added security.
Thomson Multimedia has chosen Entrust 's embedded digital certificate technology for its cable modems. The digital certificates are embedded in the modems, authenticating the validity of cable modems before allowing them access to a cable operator's services. The certificates reduce cloning, avert fraud and enable new e-commerce services. Placing the certificates in the modems does not interrupt Thomson's production process and still meets the requirements for DOCSIS 1.1 standards.
"This is unique because the technology is embedded as part of the production line. Thomson was looking for technology that was integrated with their production facility," Ian Gordon, director of market development for Entrust, told CED. "Over 500,000 Thomson modems have been manufactured with Entrust technology."
"Traditionally our technology has been used for applications such as security e-mail, but this is a new way of [using digital certificates], making sure that cable modems accessing the Internet are validated," says Gordon. "Other devices where this technology could be used are game consoles and later, cell phones. Using public key infrastructure to authenticate the user and device is much more secure than typing in long passwords."