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Major security flaw in Seagate hard drives

Major security flaw in Seagate hard drives
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If you own an external hard drive, it may have a serious security flaw that hackers can easily exploit. We'll tell you how to fix it!

The affected external hard drives are made by Seagate Technology. Hard drives are used to store and access an incredibly large amount of information, which makes this flaw all the more serious.

Some of Seagate's hard drives connect to the Internet and, worse, are pre-programmed with a default user name and password that hackers can easily access. You can't erase or change these default settings.

The vulnerability works this way. Anyone who has access to your Wi-Fi can connect to your Seagate wireless hard drive, and simply use the device's default user name and password to get in. Once these hackers are in, they can install malware onto your computer, and take control of it.

There's good news, and not-so-good news here. Seagate has already issued a patch for this vulnerability. The not-so-good news is that the patch won't automatically download; you have to do it.

But, at Komando.com, we've got you covered. You can download the patch from Seagate's site here.

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