Spotify Encourages Journalists to Plug in Random USB Drives

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As part of a promotion for a podcast, Spotify sent USB drives to journalists. But the move was criticized by computer security researchers.

But anyone with basic security training under their hat — which here at TechCrunch we do — will know to never plug in a USB drive without taking some precautions first.

Plugging in random USB drives is a bigger problem than you might think. Elie Bursztein, a Google security researcher, found in his own research that about half of all people will plug into their computer random USB drives.

I doubt anyone at Spotify was clueless about the security risk. But negative publicity is still publicity.

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3 thoughts on “Spotify Encourages Journalists to Plug in Random USB Drives

  • To download Spotify to a USB drive is easy for those people who have a Spotify music converter. With the help of TunesKit Spotify Music Converter, you can download music from Spotify and then transfer them to your USB drive for backup. You don’t need to worry that Spotify doesn’t allow you to store your favorite songs to the USB drive.

  • Random USB could be not safe but you can get one by yourself. Although Spotify sends a USB to journalists, they still couldn’t directly transfer Spotify music to a USB drive for playback in the car.
    To do that, a professional AudKit Spotify Music Converter is needed. Therefore, I don’t know what the meaning is of this promotion activity?

  • Random USB drives could be unsafe. But to keep Spoitfy songs into USB should be safe. I have used DRmare Spotify music downloader to download music from Spotify and backup to USB all the time.

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