Preinstalled PC Software Is Crappy, Insecure
Preinstalled "value add" software from the big 5 PC makers is putting PC security at risk because of crappy security provisions, reports Ars Technica. Probably not a huge surprise to the more cynical among us, but disturbing nonetheless.
That's the take-away from a report published Tuesday by researchers from two-factor authentication service Duo Security. It found third-party updating tools installed by default threatened customers of Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, and Asus. The updaters frequently expose their programming interfaces, making them easy to reverse engineer.