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Are Lenovo/Medion Laptops trustworthy?

By falivemail45 ·
Hello All!

I have recently bought, Medion Notebook MD63780 Ryzen 4300U from Aldi and I am wondering if it is safe for me to use it for online banking/payments?

I have found an article about Lenovo (Medion is part of the Lenovo group) which claims the following:

1st article:
*Is Lenovo trustworthy?
It's not just bad: it's flawed. Whether drivers, workarounds, or bloatware, Lenovo has a terrible record for protecting its users. Repeatedly, the point is underlined: if you value security and privacy, Lenovo PCs and laptops are not safe.*

2nd article:
*Lenovo PCs and Laptops seems to have hidden a rootkit in their BIOS

The Chinese computer and laptop maker, Lenovo is once again in the eye of the storm after users have found that their PCs/Laptops are shipped with a hidden backdoor at the BIOS level. Earlier in the year, it was found that all Lenovo PCs/Laptops are shipped with a spyware called Superfish.*

I have formatted the HDD and installed a new fresh copy of Windows + Kaspersky Total security + AMD drivers from the official AMD website.

I was planning on using it for online banking/ebay and my email, and that was pretty much all, now I am not entirely sure if it would be safe if the hardware is flawed in someway?

Any comments and help would be highly appreciated!

Thank you!
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Based on your findings....

by birdmantd Moderator In reply to Are Lenovo/Medion Laptops ...

I would choose an alternative brand of computer out of privacy/security concerns. I have preferred computer brands other than Lenova anyhow and that is how I would deal with it.

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by Kees_B Moderator In reply to Are Lenovo/Medion Laptops ...

The Superfish issue seems to be solved in 2016 already.
And please tell more about the rootkit in the BIOS of your Medion machine.

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Hmm. I thought the rootkit was something from 5 years ago.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Are Lenovo/Medion Laptops ...

It appears you don't trust them. I can not change anyone's mind on this.

Maybe you want something like Richard Stallman uses?

Read https://stallman.org/stallman-computing.html
Yes, that's some work but it appears you want far better than what most makers provide. That said, millions use what you have (Windows and PCs) without much trouble.

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