Category Archives: OEM mediocrity

“Oh no, not again.”

I got what I paid for: those Windows laptops were cheap, but then that’s because they were…cheap.

It isn’t just the crapware that has to be removed, some OEMs leave behind a nasty “birth defect” in the security of the Windows machine. ┬áTL;DR: if you’re going to lockdown that laptop you bought, do that first — it’s likely going to require a clean reinstall.

Duo Labs recently published a paper on current OEM practices in other areas of system security that nicely sums up the problem: “Bring Your Own Dilemma”

I bought two Acer laptops 3-4 years ago with Windows … Read more