Poor Security. Security related settings are configured for ease of use instead of participating in a large network of related systems that may contain confidential data. In fact, every Dell PC has a large security hole that will allow any user on the PC to gain administrator access by placing a file in a certain folder. We've reported this to Dell and Microsoft. Microsoft has acknowledged the bug but Dell continues to ship PC's with this vulnerability.
Unknown, untrusted and unnecessary software that includes spyware, adware and backdoors. This can mean potentially sensitive information will be reported back to marketing firms. Or that a latent backdoor may exist for someone to take remote control of the PC at a later time (there have been numerous cases of this).
- "We have evidence that this software (spyware) is at least partially responsible for at approximately half of the application crashes our customers report to us. It has become a multi-million dollar support issue for computer manufactures, ISP's and companies like Microsoft."
--Jeffery Freidberg, Microsoft Director of Windows Privacy
Patches out of date. While most vendors include the "latest" security patches they are typically several weeks old by the time you receive the PC. If a virus breaks out during that lag time you are wide open to it.
HIPAA compliance not possible. With the previously mentioned security issues, it would not be possible to use the PC in a HIPAA covered environment