The digital age comes with great benefits but also with its share of certain consequences. Anyone who utilizes technology can be at risk for the vulnerabilities that go along with being connected to the digital world via the Internet. Most will probably agree that while there are some risks to doing business via the Internet, the benefits of technology far outweigh the risks.
Recently Lenovo has released information informing the public that some of their PC’s were sold with a spyware software program called SuperFish pre-installed. This software intercepts user traffic using what is called a root certificate. This type of spyware is often times not noticeable to users, nor are the risks that come along with it, until it is too late or the software is removed before damage has been done to the PC. It has been determined that this type of software puts the PC at risk for other types of spyware that infiltrate the system, putting users at a high risk for hackers.
Technology protection and solutions to issues that pose a threat to businesses can be time consuming. Avoiding threat of spyware or virus infection is the best prevention. Intuit offers preventative measures as well as troubleshooting if and when a predator attacks, allowing business owners to focus on what they do best, rather than worrying about damaging PC attacks.
Several Lenovo products have been known to be vulnerable to spyware. Back in 2014 for the purposes of providing advertisements using web trafficking to identify the type of ads PC users may be interested in, a pre-installed spyware called Superfish Visual Discovery was pre-loaded on several Lenovo computers. This software eventually led these PC’s to become vulnerable to hackers without knowledge by the PC user. Upon discovery of this issue Lenovo claims to have discontinued the installation of the software, however if the software is installed on a PC it remains vulnerable until action has been taken by to remove it.
The SuperFish software may have been installed on the following Lenovo Notebooks:
- Flex2 14, Flex 2 15, Flex 2 14D, Flex2 15D, Flex 2 Pro, Flex 10
- G410, G510, G710, G40-30, G40-45, G40-70, G40-80, G50-50, G50-45, G50-70, G50-80, G50-80 Touch
Lenovo Edge 15
- Miix2-8, Miix2-10, Miix2-11, Miix 3-1030
- S310, S410, S415, S415 Touch, S435, S20-30 Touch, S40-70
- U330P, U430P, U330 Touch, U430 Touch, U530 Touch
- Y430-P, Y40-70, Y40-80, Y50-79, Y70-70
- Yoga 2-11, Yoga 2-13, Yoga2Pro-13, Yoga3 Pro
- Z40-70, Z40-75, Z50-70, Z70-80
Those with any of the listed Lenovo PC models should follow the manufacture instructions to remove the spyware or contact Intivix if assistance is needed to ensure that this software has been removed successfully.