Is Purism Librem 13 World Most Secured Laptop?
Living in the 21st century is where we cannot expect our privacy to be top-notched. We witness news like data leak attempts made by companies like Facebook which is considered to be the hub of social media. No matter how safe the environment we live in, we all are connected to social media somehow. And data theft can harm our privacy.
Which is why two-factor authentication is always prioritized. But even after all these measures, we cannot trust the companies as they can bypass these authentication methods- yes they can.
Your privacy is in your hands and there are some companies that took it super-seriously and created products like Librem 13. According to us, Librem 13 is the most secure laptops yet. Librem 13 is made by a company named Purism which is basically a Linux hardware manufacturer.
This laptop has everything you need until and unless you prefer looks and style over performance. You get a very basic looking laptop that has no-branding on the top and lots of ports and kills switches.
Doesn’t matter if you are concerned by failings in digital privacy and security, cybercriminals, creepy corporations, and sinister government departments? Your data is secure.
|Battery life||Roughly 7 to 9 hours|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 6500U (Skylake)|
|RAM||4GB (available up to 16GB) DDR4 at 2133 MHz|
|Storage||120GB (available up to 4TB; M.2 storage up to 2TB is also an option)|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 520|
|Chassis||Black anodized aluminum with low noise fan|
|Webcam||720p 1.0 megapixel|
|Wireless||Atheros 802.11n dual antenna (no wireless option is available)|
|Audio port||1 headphone/line output jack|
|USB ports||2x USB 3.0 ports (1x type C),|
|External output||1 HDMI Port (4K capable)|
|Card reader||2-in-1 SD/MMC|
And if you don’t know much about the specifications, let me tell you- this is great.
What I personally liked about this laptop is the presence of a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that is basically a special chip that adds security features
Body and Design
Librem 13 comes with a black anodized aluminum finish on the top and surprisingly it has no branding done. When you open the Lid, the first things you notice are the bezels. And no, it isn’t ignorable. The bezels of this laptop are somewhat comparable to that of MacBook Air (2015) in terms of size. The Librem 13 is remarkably slim and measures just 0.7-inch at the thick end of the wedge. It can easily fit in almost all the laptop bags and sleeves.
As simple as the body is, it is a fingerprint magnet. As it has anodized aluminum finish, you will easily notice where your palm and fingers were resting while you were working on the laptop. However, this can easily be cleaned with a damp, lint-free cloth.
The Librem 13 has a “super sturdy hinge” which company claims can keep the laptop “shut when shut”- and you know what they mean if you’ve used windows laptops earlier.
On the left, you get ports that include charging port, a USB 3.0 port, 3.5mm headphone jack, a reset button, and two switches are for radio (wireless and Bluetooth). On right, you get a USB Type-C port, standard HDMI-out (with 4K support), another USB 3.0 port and an MMC/SD card reader.
What makes Librem 13, the most secured laptop yet?
- Ultra-Secure PureOS– Just like Ubuntu, PureOS is based on Debian and has a GNOME 3 desktop. However, PureOS is still quite different from Ubuntu. Though it might look the same, it’s not. If you don’t like this super-secure OS, you can always change it but changing its OS will definitely make it less secure.
- Encryption password– While setting up the laptop for the first time, you will be asked to put an Encryption password. Once created, you won’t be able to boot the laptop without this password. You get these glimpses of security throughout using Librem 13 experience.
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM)– Trusted Platform Module (TPM, also referred to as ISO/IEC 11889) is a benchmark for a secure cryptoprocessor. It is basically a dedicated microcontroller that is designed to secure hardware through integrated cryptographic keys and various other methods.
- Kill Switches– Librem 13 has 2 kill switches mounted on the left side of the notebook that controls directly on and off functions of all network connections via one and enabling the camera to see and microphone to record your voice via another.
- Browser– PureBrowser is based on Mozilla Firefox, a full-featured, fast browser that respects your privacy and comes pre-installed on PureOS.
- Camera Tempermet– It is the ability of a device to sense that an active attempt is made on hardware that can compromise the device integrity.
With these great specifications and so many privacy features loaded into one laptop, the efforts made by Purism are appreciatable as privacy is important to all of us.