Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 25th Sep 2012 22:17 UTC
Bugs & Viruses You might assume your new PC is secure, but is it? In the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission just charged seven rent-to-own computer companies and a software design firm with computer spying. Some 420,000 rent-to-own computers allegedly secretly collected personal information, took pictures of users in their homes, and tracked their locations. Meanwhile Microsoft found that PCs from China had malware embedded before reaching consumers. The virus "could allow a hacker to switch on a microphone or Webcam, record keystrokes and access users' login credentials and online bank accounts." And, an FBI investigation found that counterfeit routers purchased by various US government agencies also were pre-loaded with malicious software. Do you assume your new PC is secure, or if not, what steps do you take to secure it?
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Good argument for multibooting
by benali72 on Tue 25th Sep 2012 23:29 UTC
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I would never trust any Windows install. This used to be no problem, because all you had to do was reinstall from the OS media. Now, of course, they don't give you any media, so that you're stuck with all their preloaded crapware, malware, whatever. My solution these days has been to rely on Linux for daily use and only use Windows for certain apps.

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