Virus in Digital Photo Frames
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Digital photo frames are becoming more popular and make excellent gifts. The frames allow users to transfer digital images from their computers and display them either individually or as dynamic slide shows. Many have other functions as well, including calendars, clocks and video playback.
Recently however, it was discovered that a number of Insignia brand digital frames sold by Best Buy were infected by a computer virus. This presented the possibility that the user's computer could become infected by the virus when the device was plugged into a computer to transfer photos. It seems that some frames somehow became infected with the virus during the manufacturing process.
Insignia recalled the infected frames as soon as it became aware of the problem and has issued a statement about the incident on its website.
Luckily, the virus is an old one and virtually any reliable and up-to-date anti-virus program should be able to deal with it before it causes problems on the user's computer.
So, although it may have affected some users, this cannot be considered a serious problem and is an isolated incident. What it does illustrate, however, is that, when it comes to computer security, we must remain constantly vigilant. Security threats can sometimes originate from the most unlikely of sources.
posted by Brett Christensen @ 4:17 PM,