Flaws have been discovered in popular off the shelf laptops by American firm Duo Security who decided to test out devices made by top names such as Acer, Lenovo and Dell. Their findings show hackers could exploit vulnerabilities found on all machines and, in the case of one of them, be able to gain access to the system in a matter of minutes.
It’s been known for a while that the majority of off the shelf laptops are purchased with inherent security flaws. Laptops usually come with pre-installed third party software which access online repositories and require regular updates, which is where security gaps occur. Duo Security informed all manufacturers and were surprised by the widely differing responses they received – from complete radio silence in one case to immediate security patches being developed by others.