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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by weebnuts on Wed 26th Sep 2012 06:03 UTC
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That's when a technet subscription comes in handy. I usually wipe and install Windows Pro/Ultimate instead of whatever OEM version they give you.

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by UltraZelda64 on Wed 26th Sep 2012 09:06 in reply to "Technet"
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Problem is... when your TechNet subscription runs out, if you don't renew it, don't you have to surrender your rights to use that copy of Windows? If so, then what exactly does TechNet solve, except changing your payment from a one-time fee for the license to a subscription that needs to be renewed every year in order to be allowed to keep using the operating system?

Edited 2012-09-26 09:07 UTC

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by lucas_maximus on Wed 26th Sep 2012 18:18 in reply to "RE: Technet"
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Well the surrending thing nobody does and Microsoft doesn't give a shit about it, unless you are running your business on it Microsoft aren't going to care.

I am still running my MSDNAA stuff.

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