Sony has identified that the security issue arises from Sony software pre-installed on VAIO Personal Computers.
An unauthorised person with a malicious intent may obtain access to these VAIO Personal Computers through hidden programs in an Internet web page or Email message. There are possibilities of achieving this through the following methods:
* Internet web page
If an affected VAIO computer is subject to unauthorised access, data stored on the computer may be added, changed or deleted without the VAIO owner's authorisation or knowledge. This type of unauthorised access cannot be prevented by regular anti-virus software. However as of January 24th, there have been no reports from VAIO owners of any such violations.
The installation of the "VAIO Security Enhancement Program" is designed to protect VAIO computers from unauthorised access. Security issue is a constant in the Internet environment, and Sony recommends that VAIO owners install anti-virus software, and check the support information on VAIO Online websites. This will assist VAIO owners to become vigilant against virus and security risks.
Tips to improve your computer security
O Do not open or view HTML format Email and/or attached files sent by
an unknown person
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