IS YOUR LAPTOP SPYING ON YOU?
We know some televisions are. How about your laptop? Lenovo’s was, but they admitted they ‘screwed up‘ with “SuperFish”.
From the Lenovo forums:
As an update on this…
Due to some issues (browser pop up behavior for example), with the Superfish Visual Discovery browser add-on, we have temporarily removed Superfish from our consumer systems until such time as Superfish is able to provide a software build that addresses these issues. As for units already in market, we have requested that Superfish auto-update a fix that addresses these issues.
To be clear, Superfish comes with Lenovo consumer products only and is a technology that helps users find and discover products visually. The technology instantly analyzes images on the web and presents identical and similar product offers that may have lower prices, helping users search for images without knowing exactly what an item is called or how to describe it in a typical text-based search engine.
The Superfish Visual Discovery engine analyzes an image 100% algorithmically, providing similar and near identical images in real time without the need for text tags or human intervention. When a user is interested in a product, Superfish will search instantly among more than 70,000 stores to find similar items and compare prices so the user can make the best decision on product and price.
ThinkPads: S30, T43, X60t, X1, W700ds, IdeaPad Y710, IdeaCentre: A300, IdeaPad K1
Program Manager, Lenovo Social Media (Services)
Exception: Firefox may not be a good browser to use to test this. Supposedly Superfish has workarounds, but Firefox maintains it’s own certificate store so you may want to check using IE to be sure.”