There is no way with my current financial status that I could afford a Librem Laptop.
So, what measures can I and others, with older Computers, take to prevent NSA hacking/surveillance etc?
My Lenovo B590 seems to check out safe. It has a Core i5-3230M CPU, a HM77 Chipset, a Broadcom Limited BCM4313 802.11bgn Wireless Network Adapter and a Realtek Ethernet Controller.
I got the following output for mei-amt-check command.
AMT present: true AMT provisioning state: unprovisioned Flash: 8.1.40 Netstack: 8.1.40 AMTApps: 8.1.40 AMT: 8.1.40 Sku: 73728 VendorID: 8086 Build Number: 1416 Recovery Version: 8.1.40 Recovery Build Num: 1416 Legacy Mode: False
Looking at some later Laptops, however, I have observed the following for example.
A Lenovo Laptop, with a Core i5-4200M CPU and, I think, a HM86 Chipset, has the following info displayed on the Main tab of the Thinkpad Setup utility.
ME Firmware Version 220.127.116.117
So, where on the System Board does the ME Firmware reside as there is no mention of Intel® vPro™ Platform Eligibility for the HM86 on the Intel website and for the i5-4200M the associated web page says “Intel® vPro™ Platform Eligibility ‡ No”.
According to the information I was able to view on the Lenovo website for this particular Laptop, the System Board is specified as having TPM. Could this be why the Main tab, of the BIOS screen, has a line for ME Firmware Version?