Devices you can’t trust

My French neighbour had a little piece of paper permanently covering her laptop’s camera. She said she didn’t trust the IT guy who repaired her laptop and she feared to be spied with some sort of black computer magic.

Now I’m studying in the library, and a guy next to me has the same, effective approach in showing everybody how much you trust your machine. And that’s my point: every anti-DRM, anti-anti-privacy campaign should give more focus to these real threats, that even the common user may fear: your machine without your control, a machine no longer trustworthy but instead a potential little eye pointed at you.

P.S. as for my French neighbour, she’s spotting a freshly installed Ubuntu now, and she feels safe enough to remove the paper.

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