Thursday, March 31, 2011

Why Would Anyone Buy a Samsung Computer?


     I recently found out something about Samsung laptops, or "notebooks," that kind of surprised me. Newer select Samsung computers have what most would consider malicious software preinstalled on them. Spyware, malware, and keyloggers are preexisting on new Samsung computers. Samsung admits to the keyloggers, but is looking into the other software, possibly installed on a chip or other hardware they don't make.

     Samsung says they utilize the keylogger "Starlogger" to insure performance quality by monitoring "the performance of the machine and to find out how it is being used." Starlogger is a commercial-grade keylogger that not only loggs every key stoke including password-protected ones,  but sends full screen shots as well. The programe automatically runs as soon as the computer starts up, and randomly emails the data back to Samsung.

     The keylogger is likely illegal, but I'm sure it's not to much for their handsomely paid lawyers to fix. Even if they do have to get rid of the software, by the time that happens they would have been prying into people's privet use of their computers for years and probably argue that there are to many on the market to remove them all, or whisper a recall that would only be heard by tech news followers and avid users that would have probably not have bought a Samsung in the first place. Imagen if a clever hacker found a way to redirect those emails to himself, or better yet hacked Samsung's data base… not good. The data existing at all is a security risk that doesn't need to be. So if you're in the market for a new computer, stay away from Samsung.

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  1. well samsung got nice phones .. dunno about computers

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