Bit of a weird one, hope this is the appropriate venue:

I've just purchased some Ethernet-over-power adapters that were returned to and repackaged by a brick and mortar retailer. I'm trying to be more vigilant with security recently and was wondering: should I be concerned in at all that these devices could have been loaded with malware or something nasty?

I know this may be paranoia but I am sharing this internet connection with others and am mindful of something that will be connected directly to the router. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  • Thank god they have that diagram on the page you linked, otherwise I would have thought this was a huge scam product. I thought it claimed to turn outlets into internet sources, and was very confused... Mar 16, 2016 at 13:46

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Any device that you are using can be malicious; and what you bought can be full of spy tools made by your government especially to spy on you. You don't know. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

You should ask yourself whether you can trust the manufacturer and the retailer.

I honestly think you should not worry about that; or start worrying about all the devices you are using. (firewalls, USB keys, bluetooth headsets, etc.)

But remember that at some point, you have to trust in something.

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