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Lenovo Superfish Adware Excuses Are Lame
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asksqn
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asksqn,
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2/27/2015 | 5:28:39 PM
How to destroy credibility 101 by Lenovo
The Superfish incident and how Lenovo initially handled the matter is a study in How Not To Handle Unpleasant PR.  I'm sure Lenovo will recover but its initial reaction (before its Tweeted mea culpa) was very telling as to its thought processes.  
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2/23/2015 | 10:17:09 PM
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@mak63,

It's crazy the things a large company like Lenovo would do for a few extra bucks. Sure they'll claim the usage patterns are in the Terms of Service, but they know no one reads it. Now they're on their heels stating that the use isn't considered malware. How nice that they consider 'decrypting encrypted traffic' as a good thing.
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mak63,
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2/22/2015 | 3:12:13 PM
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I couldn't agree more about the timing. I wonder how much damage the Superfish fiasco will hurt the Lenovo brand, being now the world's largest computer maker.
In any case, I read (on ZDNet) that just yesterday, Lenovo joined MIcrosoft and released a removal tool for it.
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2/22/2015 | 7:24:02 AM
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@mak: 

This could not come at a worse time for Lenovo, aspiring to become a global phone brand. 'Man in the Middle Attack' is well understood and comprehensible in the industry, so Lenovo will have a tough time to defend.
mak63
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mak63,
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2/21/2015 | 11:49:32 PM
proxy
"intercepts browser connections using a man-in-the-middle (MITM) proxy"

This proxy is a pain in the butt to get rid of. Some anti-mslware can detect it, but others not. And good luck trying to remove the proxy without knowing the culprit (program).
In any case, I smell a big lawsuit if computers with the Superfish malware are getting compromised.
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2/21/2015 | 1:06:02 PM
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I use AdBlock Plus on my PC's which makes browsing faster and more enjoyable. I don't believe that stifling ads will cause free content to disappear. It hasn't hurt television and it won't hurt the internet.
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2/21/2015 | 9:25:10 AM
Re: User Experience
@Thomas:

Apart from that, Safari in ipad has the option to present web pages clutter free. This is a feature coming with iOS8.

As for ad blocking, If it gains momentum the hobbyists, the free hosting providers and the free domain providers will vanish fast.
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2/20/2015 | 1:41:25 PM
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Most people would opt for the ad-blocking services. Safari in iOS offers that. It hurts the publishers in short term. In longer term, it also hurts the users themselves as the business model of internet itself is powered by "free content with ads".


Makes no sense in targeting users with volumes of ads. I know it works as a click on an add is counted as a hit and many a time such ads have compelled me into buying stuff for my house that I otherwise would forget to buy. However ads need a content management procedure.
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2/20/2015 | 1:27:15 PM
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Lenovo's arrogance is just mind-boggling. I expect that they will be punished by the market, and I wonder if this is something the government can involve itself in, too? The whole thing makes me want to re-explore the idea of buying my next machine from one of the many ebay vendors that sell computers without operating systems at deep discount, and buying the operating system directly from Microsoft.
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2/20/2015 | 12:35:47 PM
Re: User Experience
I believe Safari in iOS offers a "Limit Ad Tracking" setting, which prevents ad companies from targeting ads based on user behavior -- what's blocked is a unique identifier rather than the ad itself. But as far as I can tell, mobile Safari does not block ads.

As for ad blocking hurting users because the Internet runs on free content, that's debatable. We might just be better off if we had to pay for everything online. There would be less content, for sure, but the vast majority of that content would not be missed. Whatever survived would by definition be worth paying for.
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