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Security / Re: HP Laptops keylogger found
« Last Post by Jason Wallwork on Yesterday at 01:14:36 am »
Yes, I believe it affects only Windows software as the patches for it are all EXE files. It's possible they could be sued but it probably wasn't deliberate. The code in question was used for debugging purposes (i.e. for developer use) and should have been removed before being preinstalled but somebody forgot. The keylogger was disabled by default as Bill mentioned and could only be enabled with somebody with physical administrative access and a registry patch, though certainly, the right kind of malware could do this. If you have an HP using Windows and HP drivers, you should definitely patch now that it's known how it can be exploited.
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Security / Re: HP Laptops keylogger found
« Last Post by fox on December 11, 2017, 07:23:36 pm »
Whoa, that's pretty scary. Pre-installed meaning HP put it there? Can't they be sued?
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Security / HP Laptops keylogger found
« Last Post by ssfc72 on December 11, 2017, 06:19:24 pm »
This BBC article talks about a keylogger that has been found pre-installed on a range of HP series of laptops.
The keylogger is in the driver software for the synapics touchpad.
The article also mentions that another keylogger was found earlier, in the sound driver for HP laptops.

The keylogger is off by default and could only be activated if someone had physical access to the laptop.

I suspect this security issue would only apply to the Windows OS of these computers and would not be an issue if your HP laptop is running a Linux Distro.

 http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42309371

Bill
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Thanks, Mike. Was curious about how that was coming along.
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Linux Applications & Android apps / Re: Softmaker Office 2018 beta for Linux - free
« Last Post by fox on December 09, 2017, 11:12:05 pm »
In my experience, no. It seems to depend on the document though. Sometimes LibreOffice is best, sometimes WPS, sometimes Textmaker. Libreoffice has improved a lot in that regard since I became a Linux user.
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I would say that so far, I don't see any improvements in them over the 2016 versions.

Sorry, to clarify, I meant is the conversion any better than LibreOffice or about the same?
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Entertainment / Re: Neil Young concert on Chex & CTV Sunday 9 pm
« Last Post by Jason Wallwork on December 09, 2017, 07:46:52 pm »
That's handy, Bill!
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Distributions / Re: Q4OS Review in Register
« Last Post by Jason Wallwork on December 09, 2017, 07:45:21 pm »
No problem. It looks like they use their own desktop which was a fork of KDE 3. So those nostalgic for the early days of KDE might really enjoy it. I plan on giving it a spin.
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Entertainment / Neil Young concert on Chex & CTV Sunday 9 pm
« Last Post by ssfc72 on December 09, 2017, 06:30:04 pm »
Neil's concert from last Friday, in Omemee, is going to be re-broadcast on Chex TV and CTV at 9 pm this Sunday.

I have got my notebook computer setup with my usb OTA (over the air) TV Tuner dongle, and TV rabbit ear antenna, to receive the HD digital TV signal, and record it to my notebook hard drive. :-)

Bill


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Linux Applications & Android apps / Re: Softmaker Office 2018 beta for Linux - free
« Last Post by fox on December 09, 2017, 02:11:37 pm »
I would say that so far, I don't see any improvements in them over the 2016 versions.
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