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What is the Smart Card slot?

Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by winovin, Aug 28, 2007.

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  1. winovin

    winovin Notebook Enthusiast

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    Some of the Thinkpads have Express Card or Smart Card slots. What is the Smart Card slot? What do they call slots for SD cards?

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  2. vespoli

    vespoli 402 NBR Reviewer

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    Smartcard is not the same thing as either an SD card or a Express Card.

    An SD-card reader may be known as simply a card reader or a x-in-one reader. My T60 doesn't have a card reader; I'd have to use a USB peripheral to read an SD/other types of flash memory.

    A smart card is generally used as a method of identification/security device.

    A SD card is for storing pictures/video/other data while an expresscard slot is an expansion bus that will let you add various functionality to your laptop.
     
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    winovin Notebook Enthusiast

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    Is that what the slot is for? What is the point of putting a smart card in a slot?
     
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    smart cards are pretty standard for corporations to use for authentication. Its more secure than the standard windows passwords or the fingerprint reader.
     
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    Some of the T61s offer media readers - why is this limited to only some models? (The others only offer smart card or express card).
     
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    @McBrided,
    Question for ya, I have a smart card that I bought with my HP and I wonder if I can use that, the TPM chip, and the CSS from Lenovo to get a similarly secure result? If I remember correctly the card is made by O2 Micro or something very similar. What strikes me is that when i purchased my workstation with the Smart Card Reader from HP they included the card, but Lenovo did not.


    @OP,
    Just curious, sorry about the thread jack.
     
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    I was under the impression that the 15" has the media reader built in? Perhaps this is entirely wrong though.
     
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    I was looking at the T61p model.
     
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    I am unsure how lenovo's software handles smartcards when it comes to securing the actual computer.

    The smart card itself just holds digital certificates and whatnot. My understanding of the TPM chip is that it can create and hold digital certificates for encrypting and whatnot. I am unsure if you can store your TPM-created certificate on a smart card.

    I DO know though that you can integrate yoru smart card certificate with the TPM with 'some' laptops (I have a Dell Latitude D430 next to me here that does just that) so you can use all the security features of the TPM but not use the TPM created certificate directly.

    As I have not even touched a Lenovo yet (got my EST cant come soon enough) - I dont know what all I can/can't do with the CSS software.
     
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    I tried to install the card and it seems the T61p and the smart card do not get along. Oh well...
     

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