Self-destructing circuits reduce your data to ashes

Feb 17, 2018, 4:51 AM EST
(Source: Sarah Joy/flickr)
(Source: Sarah Joy/flickr)

Researchers from Cornell University and Honeywell Aerospace have developed a silicon dioxide microchip that vaporizes to ashes when exposed to a certain frequency of radio waves, an attribute that could come handy in case of lost devices carrying sensitive data.

The method of remotely disabling a gadget and cleansing of its data fares better over previous ones that required powering the device or dissolving the chip for data destruction, writes New Atlas.

Besides data protection, the technology also holds promise for environmental sensors that can be remotely vaporized after use, notes Electronics 360