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Don't trust the Trusted Platform Module – it may leak your VPN server's private key (depending on your configuration)

Michael Wojcik Silver badge

Was that a hardware TPM, a firmware TPM bundled with the CPU and chipset, or a software emulated TPM? Windows, for example, may claim a "TPM" is present when it's just a software emulation.

In short, it may not be Dell that's doing this, and when they say a model doesn't include a TPM, they may mean it doesn't include a true hardware TPM. That's the only sort of TPM I'd bother using for my own purposes (and, yes, they're useful), so the distinction is relevant.

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