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PITTSBURGH – You didn't pay your bill. We need our computer back. And here's a picture of you typing away on it, the computer rental company told a client as it tried to repossess the machine.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110504/...mputer_spyware


Dirty tactics. I wonder if they go to the renters house and remove the spyware when they pay off the computer. I doubt it.

I knew my thread didn't look right.
Edited by GuilT1 - 5/5/11 at 8:22am
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Source.
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I saw this on the news last night it is Aaron Rents doing this crap.

Edit: As said you need to put in the source link of where you got this information from
Edited by Mr_Torch - 5/5/11 at 8:16am
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Who rents a PC?

Source please, I must be confused.
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If this is what it looks like...it is just like that school that tapped into the built in web cam to find a stolen laptop and got into all sorts of trouble. They were spying on every student at the high school...in their bedrooms alot of the time.

I have always disabled the webcam on my laptops...
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I don't think there's anything wrong with it personally.. it's their hardware, their rules. Similar to rental companies putting trackers on their cars, it's only for the sake of the business.
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I don't think there's anything wrong with it personally.. it's their hardware, their rules. Similar to rental companies putting trackers on their cars, it's only for the sake of the business.
A tracker is one thing but opening a window into someones life is disturbing and corrupt at the same time. People do more than just use the PC in the rooms that their PC is in...
With credit the way that it is today there is no reason for anyone to use these tactics, these companies can hurt your financial portfolio which is more power than they should be allowed int he first place.
Activating a camera of any kind in someone house should fall under the same privacy laws as cameras in toilet stalls.
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I don't think there's anything wrong with it personally.. it's their hardware, their rules. Similar to rental companies putting trackers on their cars, it's only for the sake of the business.
A kill switch is legal, what they are doing is not.

When they are logging keystrokes they can steal your banking login information and such. Aaron's Rents should be sued and sued and sued.

And the taking of pictures....invasion of privacy, bottom line.
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A kill switch is legal, what they are doing is not.

When they are logging keystrokes they can steal your banking login information and such. Aaron's Rents should be sued and sued and sued.

And the taking of pictures....invasion of privacy, bottom line.
I suppose it's things you consider when renting a computer. Anyone typing banking details into a computer that could potentially be rented out to another person is an idiot, period. Once again, these are things to be expected of a rental company. Perhaps pictures are a little too far, but you can never be sure that they've not done anything worse behind the scenes.

Touche, I do think that these are perhaps going a little bit too far, but it's their computer, their rules. You can't rent a computer and complain about it. Buy it if you're worried about your privacy. Or at least format it.
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