Okay, I hope that I don't get flamed for asking a "stupid user" question, or
for being a nervous norvus, but I have to ask...
I'm going to be buying a new computer very soon, and I am reluctantly
considering purchasing a low-end P3 system. However, I'm bothered by
Intel's inclusion of unique processor ID numbers on all P3 CPU's for
possible future use in e-commerce transactions. Despite Intel's assertions
that you can turn this "feature" off by running a patch at boot-time, I'm
concerned about security issues and privacy abuses that may arise as
websites begin to exploit it.
There have been a number of criticisms offered about Intel's patch to
disable the ID# feature. Some have claimed that the processor # can still
be obtained over the Internet by running an ActiveX control or Java applet
without the need to re-boot.
the target computer. Go here for an example:
I'm wondering if one can configure a firewall to prevent the acquisiton of
the ID # without having to disable all ActiveX & Java content. I currently
do this anyway, but incresingly there are more and more sites that won't
display at all without Java active :-( Oh yes, I'm presently using AtGuard
under Win95, but I will probably switch to Linux after I get a new machine
and run a compatible firewall product.
Please phrase any technical responses in "english for mere mortals".