Dropbox has announced that it has joined forces with Intel to bring Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) authentication to the firm's 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors.
Dropbox said that the tie-in with Intel will take the complexity out of two-factor authentication (2FA).
While traditional methods require USB keys, mobile authenticator apps, or text message codes in addition to passwords, this integration with Intel's newest chips allows Dropbox users with a new laptop to take advantage of security keys built into the 7th-gen Core processors.
Rick Echevarria, general manager of Intel's platforms security division, said: "This collaboration makes security more convenient and accessible for Dropbox users on Intel PCs built with our 7th Generation Core processors.
"We appreciate our engagement with Dropbox who, like Intel, is focused on user experiences that balance security and ease-of-use on the PC."
The new functionality will be available "soon", and follows Intel's announcement on Tuesday that its 7th-gen Core and Xeon processors have (finally) started shipping.
The 7th-generation Intel Core processor family is based on Intel's 14nm process chip manufacturing technology and range in terms of power consumption from 4.5-watts for the Core vPro processors, to 65w and 95w in the S-series Core processors for proper, big-box desktop PCs.
As well as offering built-in Dropbox U2F, Intel announced that devices powered by its Kaby Lake chips will also support a number of additional security initiatives including Fingerprint Touch for secure e-commerce, hardened password managers and built-in two-factor authentication for online services, as well as Intel Secure Key, Intel Authenticate Device Guard and Windows Hello for Business.
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