This Linux laptop hack could be vital to protecting your privacy

    Date 26 May 2020
    Category Privacy
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    Posted By Brittany Day
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    It turns out that nail polish on screws is an unusual, but effective way to protect Linux laptops from tampering while in transit and protect users' privacy.

    If you're looking for a way to ensure no one has tampered with your new laptop on transit, this manufacturer may have solved your worries.

    Several years ago, it was revealed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) will sometimes intercept networking gear during shipping in order to modify it to provide backdoor access to the hardware. To get around this, one company has devised a clever hack to ensure that its laptops arrive to customers without being tampered with.

    Just six months ago, the social purpose company Purism decided to formalize its anti-interdiction services so that they appeared as a drop-down choice as opposed to being a “hidden menu item” that was difficult to find. The laptop and smartphone maker is one of if not the only hardware vendor that offers a complete suite of custom anti-interdiction measures to prevent its devices from being tampered with during shipping.

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