back to article Lenovo to slap ThinkShield security standard for laptop line-up on its Motorola mobiles

Motorola will push ThinkShield onto the business end of its smartphone portfolio, as an extension of the security and management programme on Lenovo's laptop and desktop line. ThinkShield for mobile devices consists of four components, with the first being a "clean OS". In practice, this means Motorola will avoid loading up …

  1. Mike 137 Silver badge

    The second pillar

    ".. include a "fuse" that breaks when the phone's bootloader is unlocked, signifying the phone has been tampered ..."

    So no legitimate repurposing possible? Depends on what the effect is of the "fuse" breaking - bricking maybe?

    It would be great to have such features as options, having them forced on us seems rather excessively paternalistic. Almost every vendor or provider of IT now seems to think they must "secure" us forcibly whether we want to be secure or not.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Call me a skeptic but...

    My 6 year old Motorola already has a full-screen warning on boot-up if the bootloader has been unlocked.

    And as the author has stated Motorola's already have very little if any bloat.

    Also, Lenovo doesn't have a very good track record when it comes to them installing extra crap on their PC line of devices:

    I am willing to bet that in the near future we will be reading an article on this very site about how ThinkShield could lead to a complete compromise of the device.

    Adding more complexity to any security model is never a good idea, KISS.

    1. Roland6 Silver badge

      Re: Call me a skeptic but...

      From the article, it would be best to treat ThinkShield as the branding of a particular feature set, that is associated with the ThinkPad brand, and is also clearly an enhancement of the Google Android One programme.

      >Also, Lenovo doesn't have a very good track record when it comes to them installing extra crap on their PC line of devices

      Take away, never buy a vendor's consumer range of devices; never had this problem with business-grade IBM/Lenovo/HP/Dell systems...

  3. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

    Moto/Lenovo security

    How about releasing timely security updates and not abandoning support before it's even off store shelves?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Moto/Lenovo security

      Stay on topic.

  4. Claptrap314 Silver badge

    Think Lenovo. Think PLA.

    The CCP has already declared that it is the duty of every citizen to aid in the "struggle".

    When a man says he is your enemy--believe him.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Think Lenovo. Think PLA.

      Try living in reality.

      1. Claptrap314 Silver badge

        Re: Think Lenovo. Think PLA.

        Interesting comment, AC. Tell me, what is it about your situation that makes you afraid to even create a persistent identity in this forum?

        PLA sock puppet.

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