Some 460 different models of HP laptops have been found to contain a potential security threat. Although it wasn’t widely reported until last week, a recent HP security bulletin revealed that a Synaptics touchpad driver has the potential to be used as a keylogger, leading to a “local loss of confidentiality.”

So what is a ‘keylogger’, simply put, it’s a hardware device or a software program that records the real time activity of a computer user including the keyboard keys they press. Thankfully it’s disabled by default and a hacker wanting to enable it would have to modify values in the registry via User Account Control (UAC) access.

Am I affected?

Visit this HP site to see if your model is impacted by this issue.

To ensure you remove this potential risk there is an updated driver available that removes the vulnerability. If you find your laptop on the list, just click the corresponding link alongside it to download the new driver.

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