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The Linux security stick you give to your clueless friends

Anonymous Coward writes | about 2 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes "With slick marketing, a great sense of humor, and a practical, useful product idea, Texas startup Jumpshot launched its initial public funding round on Kickstarter this week. The long and short of Jumpshot is that it's a USB stick that removes bloatware, adware, spyware, and malware in a package that toddlers and grannies alike would be able to use. When Jumpshot is cleaning the system in the background, the user can stay connected and browse the Web in a Linux-based sandbox."
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who gives a shit? (0)

poetmatt (793785) | about 2 years ago | (#40630901)

linux boot on usb has existed for how long?

This thing is a scam for the most part. You're paying 50-75% over the price of the USB stick for a fucking script. . To run antivirus and antimalware that likely aren't up to date. Or can be infected as the update themselves on that wonderful USB drive which will then get infected. On a device that is writeable. Doesn't anyone see the flaw here?

Or web surfing on an infected machine? Really? Did noone think that it's possible that could be a bad idea?

Re:who gives a (2)

trb (8509) | about 2 years ago | (#40632315)

re paying for a script, the value of a software product is not determined by whether its code is compiled or interpreted. re running old anti-malware, i assume you'll be able to update the control files for that over the web. re USB devices being writeable, I think a call to "mount -o ro,remount" on the stick solves that, doesn't it? re web surfing on an infected machine, usually it's the hard drive that's infected, and this system won't be using the hard drive as source for program files. if the nvram was corrupt, i assume this tool would be smart enough to deal with that too.

Re:who gives a (1)

poetmatt (793785) | about 2 years ago | (#40635249)

What do you think this is, the 80s? The 90s?

Viruses are far more advanced and can easily deal with a read only call and perpetuating infections. If you can't figure out that by the time you have booted up you are furthering the spread of more malware/viruses you are simply deceiving people. Leaving a computer connected to the internet while trying to take care of a virus is like trying to pour water out of a hole in a cruise ship via using buckets.

Not to mention that this is a windows executable that will run within windows.

Do you know how often USB drives are infected/reinfected? Portable storage by definition is and always will be this way.

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