Get Started Today!  (813) 749-0895    SEARCH SITE

IT Professional Services and Business Continuity

Blog for IT Support and Managed Services in Tampa and Florida

Providing Business IT Support such as technical IT Helpdesk Support, Outsourced Computer Support, Technology Consulting, and Managed IT Services to small and medium-sized businesses in Tampa and Florida.

Adware Lawsuit Between Lenovo And FTC Settled

Adware Lawsuit Between Lenovo And FTC Settled

About two and a half years ago, Lenovo was brought under fire for manufacturing products that had adware preinstalled on them. This malware, a variant called Superfish, was installed on up to 750,000 Lenovo devices, and the company--eager to put this incident behind them--still refuses to admit fault, despite paying reparations and other fees as a result. Superfish allowed access to sensitive information and a root certificate, which could be used to access encrypted data on the same network. All in all, it was a rather embarrassing and dangerous scenario for Lenovo, and it comes with its fair share of consequences.

The Federal Trade Commission has finally declared a sentence for Lenovo, following this debacle. Lenovo must now notify all of their customers about the software that is preinstalled on any purchased devices, and retrieve the user’s consent. Furthermore, the company must allow security audits for the next 20 years, as well as pay $3.5 million in penalties and reparations. However, Lenovo continues to deny any fault in the matter, claiming that there are no instances of a third party actually exploiting this vulnerability to gain access to sensitive information or root access. These consequences feel like a slap in the face for those who felt wronged by Lenovo, but it’s better than nothing.

In the meantime, you need to make sure that your devices aren’t preloaded with Superfish--especially if you bought a device before 2014 and haven’t gone through the Superfish removal process. Furthermore, you should always be careful when buying new devices or technology, particularly if the devices are used. However, this incident shows that even brand new devices can potentially contain flaws, so it’s best to reach out to your IT provider, should you have any questions regarding the integrity of any technology purchases.

Symmetric Engineering Group can provide your business with a network audit to determine just what kinds of security vulnerabilities you’re dealing with. We can then implement solutions to keep your business secure. Furthermore, we can remote into your devices and remove any issues that we encounter without an on-site visit.

Do you need a hand with network security? Symmetric Engineering Group has got you covered. To learn more about how we can help your business, reach out to us at (813) 749-0895.



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment


Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week IT Services IT Support Managed IT Services Best Practices IT Infrastructure Management IT Companies in Tampa Business Continuity Cloud Technology Business Mobility IT Support Services Email Hackers Business IT Solutions Business Computing Privacy Malware I.T. Management IT Professional Services Productivity Microsoft Custom Business Solutions Internet Managed Service Provider IT Management IT Business Solutions Business Applications Business Software Outsourced IT Technology Consultants Mobile Devices Hosted Solutions Managed IT Service in Florida Network Security Windows 10 Business IT Support Android Managed IT Managed IT Service Windows Managed Services in Florida I.T. Support Computer Ransomware Data Dynamic Solutions IT Risk Management IT Support Services in Tampa I.T. Services Backup Disaster Recovery Remote Monitoring Google Communication User Tips Internet of Things Data Backup IT Outsourcing in Tampa IT Services in Florida Browser Data Recovery Data Management IT Service Small Business Smartphone Managed Services IT Support in Tampa Microsoft Office Encryption Hardware IT Managed Services Cloud Computing Holiday Workplace Tips Server Gmail Managed Services in Tampa Bay Smartphones Tech Companies in Tampa Innovation BYOD Tampa IT Support App Network Vendor Management Artificial Intelligence IT Services in Tampa Cybersecurity Phishing Upgrade Business Management Mobile Device Management Office 365 Firewall Save Money Unified Threat Management Small Business IT Solutions Antivirus Operating System Data Computer Services Mobile Device Content Filtering Collaboration Managed Service in Tampa IT Outsourcing in Florida Tip of the week Risk Management Computer Networking Efficiency Social Media IT Service Management IT Vendor Management IT Company Business Plan Word Apple IT Outsourcing Business IT Support Services Settings Analytics Applications IT Support Wireless Technology Retail Passwords Hosted Solution Data storage IT Management Services Data Security Windows 10 Remote Computing SaaS Miscellaneous Big Data Data loss Money Facebook Computer Hardware Repair Automation Chrome WiFi Project Management Bring Your Own Device Telephone Systems Customer Relationship Management Infrastructure Productivity Two-factor Authentication IT solutions IT Company Robot Apps Solid State Drive Mobile Computing Augmented Reality Recovery End of Support Presentation Digital Payment VoIP VPN Outlook Google Drive Flexibility HIPAA Laptop Administration Net Neutrality Tablet Computer Support Managed IT Services I.T. Company Compliance Scam Computer Networking Services Paperless Office Website Monitors Vulnerability Maintenance YouTube Computing Help Desk Regulations Mobile Security Virtual Desktop Alert Search Office communications Virtual Private Network Storage Virtual Reality Virtualization Unified Communications Microsoft Virtual Server Hosting in Tampa and Florida Managed IT Outsourcing Saving Money Licensing LiFi Business Continuity Services Document Management Training Wireless Information Technology Business Application IBM Redundancy Mouse Computer Network Services Employer-Employee Relationship Server Management Customer Service Mobility Office Tips IT Consulting IT Companies in Florida IT Support Helpdesk Uninterrupted Power Supply User Error Budget The Internet of Things Business Technology Network Congestion BDR IT Management Service Government Bandwidth Cyber Monday Professional Service Windows 8 Health Care IT Services Hard Disk Drive Going Green Server Hosting in Tampa Permissions Lenovo How To IT Consulting Services Wearable Technology Gadgets Education Printer Alt Codes Computers Shortcut IT Managed Service Provider Business IT Solutions Printing Travel Fraud Managed it Services in Tampa Superfish Access Control Firefox IT Support Companies in Tampa Computer Care Fun Full Service IT Typing Display Software as a Service Health Patch Management Downtime Server Hosting Hacker Internet Exlporer Managed Service Providers Password SharePoint Assessment Google Docs IT Support and Solutions IT Technicians Hacking Technology Tips Healthcare IT Google Maps Halloween Tech Company in Tampa Networking Intranet Server Hosting in Florida Downloads Consultation IT Managed Service in Tampa Mirgation Politics Domains Smart Technology USB Scary Stories Corporate Profile Users Google Wallet Hotspot Best Practice Multi-Factor Security Quick Tips Business Continuity Service Providers Help Desk Support in Tampa Tampa IT Services Hard Drives Digital Signature Sports Careers Automobile Public Speaking Computer Repair Distributed Denial of Service Spam Mail Merge Dark Data WannaCry Marketing Drones Safety Language Heating/Cooling Consulting Services Techology Google Calendar Time Management Help Desk Support Cortana Outsourced Computer Support Chatbots Top IT Outsourcing Company Jobs IT Service in Tampa Break Fix Programming Address Software Tips Computing Infrastructure Samsung Service IT Disaster Resistance Legislation Servers Network Management IT Consulting Service Identity Theft Knowledge Identity File Sharing Buisness Sync Dark Web Tech Support VoIP Wi-Fi Alerts IT Solutions for Small Business Proactive IT Files Deep Learning Comparison Touchscreen IT Vendor Management in Tampa Experience Tech Term Cabling Trending Social Data Technology Mobile Device Managment Data Warehousing Application Digital Co-managed IT Save Time Managed Services in Floirda Cooperation Microsoft Affiliate Program Data Breach Websites Undo Specifications Statistics Humor Network Support in Florida Cryptocurrency CIO Hacks IT Tech Support Writing Microsoft Excel Spyware Backups IT Company in Tampa Staff User History Microsoft Business Solutions Technology Laws Competition Business Growth Identities Black Friday Bluetooth Bitcoin Current Events Technology Consulting Firms Social Engineering Blockchain Legal Managed Service in Florida Information Technology Consulting Operations Avoiding Downtime Disaster Unified Threat Management Machine Learning IT Budget Emoji Cleaning Work/Life Balance Relocation Black Market Cybercrime Managed Servers Virus Law Enforcement Private Cloud Running Cable Motion Sickness Staffing Gadget Error Meetings IP Address GPS Personal Information Public Cloud Lithium-ion Battery Webcam Mobile Office How To Twitter Tracking Hiring/Firing Migration Telephony Thank You Point of Sale Upgrades Processors Refrigeration IT Consultant Administrator Congratulations Update Web Server 3D Printing Cost Management Business Appplications I.T. Managament Electronic Medical Records Chromebook Cameras Notifications Saving Time CCTV 5G Unsupported Software Physical Security Emergency Taxes Mobile Data Crowdsourcing Botnet Supercomputer G Suite CrashOverride

Latest Blog Entry

Data loss can have lasting effects upon your business, usually measured in lost productivity and capital. In other words, data loss is often measured by the cost required to retrieve, restore, and/or repair its effects. Of course, this is only the beginning of how data loss ...

Latest News

SEG Awarded Small Business of the Year Award!

Symmetric Engineering Group was awarded the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Small Business of the Year Award for their understanding technical service and support throughout the Tampa Bay area

Read more ...

Account Login