Buying a used laptop

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Billy Blaze, Apr 5, 2007.

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  1. Billy Blaze

    Billy Blaze Registered Member

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    Lately I have been considering purchasing a used laptop for a friend. And I am wondering if there are any potential security risks with purchasing a used laptop. I will for sure be doing a clean install of windows (even if they say it is a fresh install). But I wonder if I should be concerned about anything else, like on the hardware side of things. Are hardware keyloggers viable on laptops? I can not really think of anything else off the top of my head but would really like to make sure.
     
  2. nadirah

    nadirah Registered Member

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    I would first check the laptop for any information left behind by the previous owner. :rolleyes::eek:
    And reformat the computer after extracting the information to an external source.
     
  3. 666

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    If you're really paranoid you could flash the BIOS.
     
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