It’s been a long time since Barnes & Noble made their own Nooks. This year, they have been selling and heavily promoting a $50 tablet that has been very well-reviewed. Part of the reason it was so cheap is they found someone cheaper than Samsung (who had been making the recent Nooks) to design it. Fast, small, and well designed with almost pure Android, it looked like it was a far better deal than the Amazon Kindle Fire.
Turns out that’s too good to be true. LinuxJournal reports that the Nook has ADUPS running, a malware suite that copies all your personal info (location, call logs, texts) to servers in China.
There’s already a lot less privacy in this digital era, but at least when we sign up for AppleID, Amazon, Google, or a Microsoft account we know what we’re getting into and who is getting it. This third party harvesting is the exact sort of thing you should be concerned about, particularly for your kids.
If you bought one of these for someone for the holidays, return it, ASAP.