With a growing number of laptop makers and other tech companies moving to make their computers more secure, experts are beginning to ask if a computer upgrade is required.
This month, a major electronics maker announced it would sell laptops that include built-in cameras to help keep users safer online, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Laptops with cameras are already on the market.
But Dell is adding one feature that might be a step closer to a universal one: one that lets users monitor the security of their computer while it’s running.
“Our goal is to help make your computer a safer place,” Dell CEO David Ritchie said in a statement.
“We are working closely with manufacturers to bring security enhancements to our products, but we are also focused on bringing new features to our laptops, including security-based authentication, so we can help you protect your online privacy.”
The company’s laptop-monitoring system, called iSticky, will allow users to track and monitor their computers remotely.
In the meantime, Dell is also rolling out security updates to its laptops and other devices.
Security experts have been warning that security updates are getting harder to find, even for companies that already have security software in place.
The FBI said Friday it had received a tip that a major U.S. software company, HP, may be selling “an encrypted password manager” to a hacker.
The FBI’s National Security Division is investigating the company, and it is not clear whether it is connected to the breach that exposed personal data of more than 100,000 people.
Dell’s iStickies are also aimed at protecting against malware attacks that are used by hackers to steal passwords, and the company said it is testing them on its laptop models.
And Dell is updating its security software for the first time in more than a decade, offering an updated version that includes better protection against a new type of threat: ransomware.
For example, the software now includes an update to block ransomware from encrypting a user’s hard drive or sending a file to a third party.
Ransomware has become a major threat to organizations that have millions of computer users.
At least one major cybersecurity firm has warned that ransomware could be a threat to companies’ business models.
Cybersecurity firm FireEye said last week that the ransomware threat has already affected some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including Apple, Amazon and Microsoft.
Microsoft, Apple and Amazon have all warned their users that the threats have intensified in recent weeks.