When most people hear the name “Sony”, they think of TVs or other electronic devices that they make. Well if you ask a geek or a tech guy what they think of when they hear the name “Sony” they may give you a single word which you may or may not have heard of.. Rootkit. Unless you have encountered it first hand or actually know something about your computer, you may not have a clue what it is. Put simply, a “Rootkit” is a hidden file that can be placed on your computer without you even knowing its there.
Quite often its used by people that have one motive when it comes to your PC. Control. To be able to control your computer at a moments notice that can be used to attack other computers or websites. Most companies generally don’t use this type of technology as they know that its generally extreamly bad PR for them to do so. However, Sony has again pulled out the rootkit card once again. This is not the first time they have used rootkits in their programing, and when they did they first claimed it was a mistake and said they wouldn’t do it again.
Don’t let yourself be fooled by this. They knew what they were doing and didn’t think anyone would catch them. While there are a lot of computer users out there that don’t know what a rootkit is, the true geeks of the computer world do and they have blown the whistle on them before and will continue to do so until they get the message that this kind of activity will not be tolerated. Sony, we are not thieves, yet the more you treat us like it, the more you push in that direction!
The problem here is, that these companies that put in things like rootkits or copy protection in to the software doesn’t hamper the real pirates and thieves. They know how to get around this stuff easily enough and if its new they see it as a challenge to crack it and let others know how to do it. You are only hurting your legitimate customers with this nonsense. If you don’t want us to “Steal your stuff” don’t treat us like we already did!
If we like your stuff we will pay for it, but treating us like criminals is not the way to treat your customers.
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