It seems like one of the most discussed subjects these days is security software. The latest news says Dell laptops are easy targets for hackers.
- Security problems occur more and more often
- Dell has laptops with self-signed certificates
- Delete your Dell certificates as soon as possible to prevent hacking.
Of course, you could say in today’s world, hacking is one of the most common problems and you can become a victim regardless of the software or hardware you use. However, it looks like the most recent laptop models from Dell, like XPS and Inspiron 5000 series have a major bug.
Some users have reported that these types of Dell laptops come with preloaded digital certificates that are self-signed and can be a great door-opener for hackers to have access to the system. By accessing the system they can even impersonate Dell and introduce malware to these PCs. This malware can differ in type and can steal your personal information or even turn your computer into a bot.
One user claimed to have found two self-signed certificated that contained private keys which are very easy to be extracted with the help of only a few common hacker tools. Dell spokesperson says they are addressing the issue by providing clients with instructions of how to remove the certificates directly through email on Dell’s support site.
Digital certificates should have a private key and a public key. A message encrypted with the private key can be decrypted by the public key. The problem with the Dell certificates is that each of them has a public and a private key but they are listed as higher authority that guarantees authenticity, or in other words, they are self-signed. In this case, anyone can use the certificate and hack into other Dell laptops.
This is why it is recommended that you uninstall your digital certificate either by asking for IT assistance from Dell or by trying to do it yourself. You simply go to your Start menu, type “certmgr.msc”, you go to Trusted root certification authorities, then to Certificates. If you have certificates called eDellRoot or DSDTestProvider or both, delete them and restart your computer.
This should make your computer safer to use, although you never really know if or who can access your information, given all the security software problems that seem to occur so often.