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Old 08-26-2021, 11:30 AM   #21
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This sounds worse than the laptop-anti-theft debacles!
Computrace ring any bells?

Any time I get a laptop that has computrace as an option in the BIOS but deactivated, I disable it....which is permanent. Once it's disabled, it can not be enabled again. If it's activated, your laptop is a paperweight. This is something you have to watch out for when buying off-lease laptops.
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Old 08-26-2021, 11:44 AM   #22
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rip the modules with a bios editor - computrace is malware that inserts files into the o.s.


incidentally, leaving a smart tv offline may not work.
i read that a lot of the newer ones also have BLE bluetooth and can create their own fucking mesh-network!!!
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Old 08-26-2021, 01:28 PM   #23
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I've got a Panasonic 65" plasma TV from 2011. I'm using it until it irreparably fails, which will likely be a panel failure or loss of unobtainium parts.

If I ever get a smart TV, it's getting the wireless hardware ripped out of it (or at least having its antennas disconnected and terminators connected in place of them) and it's going on a hardwired power switch.
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Old 08-26-2021, 06:02 PM   #24
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Computrace ring any bells?

Any time I get a laptop that has computrace as an option in the BIOS but deactivated, I disable it....which is permanent. Once it's disabled, it can not be enabled again. If it's activated, your laptop is a paperweight. This is something you have to watch out for when buying off-lease laptops.
I'm more worried about the feature being used as an artificial time-bomb to force me to throw out the TV!
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I am suggesting removing both LAN and WLAN chips with hot air. Anything that poses as a means of internet conectivity must be exterminated when it comes to those "Smart" TVs.
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Old 08-27-2021, 03:27 AM   #26
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and remove camera's and microphones!!!
i always remove them from laptops.
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Old 08-27-2021, 12:32 PM   #27
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and remove camera's and microphones!!!
i always remove them from laptops.
I just choose models that don't have them. They are optional on higher end laptops (dell precisions)....they're standard on cheapass models. I don't remove them unless asked if the unit isn't mine.
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Old 08-27-2021, 12:43 PM   #28
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I haven't seen a laptop with an optional webcam and microphone.

I still don't understand why so many people are paranoid about the camera and only a few people see the microphone as a security concern.
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it may be paranoia with Linux and a NOT UEFI bios,
but with windows it does get abused.
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Old 08-29-2021, 01:35 PM   #30
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I haven't seen a laptop with an optional webcam and microphone.
There's a ton of em. Especially business oriented models like ThinkPads and Latitudes.
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Also some older Acer Extensas don't have them.
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Old 08-30-2021, 12:26 AM   #32
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It is good that Samsung created this announcement so the thieves that stole the TV's get the memo to not connect them to the Internet.
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Old 08-30-2021, 01:48 AM   #33
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It is good that Samsung created this announcement so the thieves that stole the TV's get the memo to not connect them to the Internet.
This kinda sounds like a "Task Failed Successfully" unless Samsung makes them force connect to their own network through any open (as in no security password) WiFi connection
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like i said, a lot of the newer stuff can create a mesh network with each other.
and that includes meshing with other brands too!
remember the "internet of shit" aka IOT - well it's here!
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Old 08-30-2021, 12:47 PM   #35
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Connecting to a random WiFi hotspot without telling the user is also an option. Microsoft already did that in Windows 10 and then quietly removed the "feature." Strangely, not many people had a problem with that (just like people putting tape over their webcam for "privacy" and keeping their microphone active).
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Android has been doing that for ages but it's easily disabled. On that note, I wonder why you guys don't tape the cameras and microphones on your cellphones.
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I never wanted a smart TV and now I want one even less.

It's fine, you can get regular TVs for free when other people "upgrade" haha
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