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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ephracis
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2007-09-23

I am always amazed when I meet people who don't do this (ok, well not so much now after several years, maybe more sad than amazed). It should be common sense by now that you should only use a five foot stick when dealing with computers fresh from the store/manufacturer.

People ask me to "make the computer go faster" and all they had to do was get rid of the bazillion of infections that their OEM was nice enough to provide. Had they just done that *before* they started to blast it with their personal files...

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