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Security updates even break your printer (on purpose)



Printer manufacturers hate third-party ink cartridges. They want you to buy the expensive, official ones. Epson and HP have made smart "updates" that break through these cheaper cartridges and force you to buy the more expensive cartridges.

HP introduced this technique back in 2016, and a "security update" for the OfficeJet and OfficeJet Pro enabled printers introduced a helpful new feature that is helpful, at least for the HP result. Now the printer will check to see if you are using new HP ink cartridges before printing. If you use a competitor's ink cartridge or a refilled HP ink cartridge, printing will stop. After some back and forth in the press, HP apologized, but not really.

Epson is the latest company to do something bad, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. As the EFF puts it:

Now Epson has followed suit: in late 201

6 or early 2017, Epson has begun sending misleading updates to many of its printers. Like HP, Epson disguised these updates as routine software enhancements, as they were actually poison pills designed to downgrade printers so they could only work with Epson's expensive ink systems.

The EFF learned this through a reader in Texas has reported this behavior to the Texas Attorney General. If you live in another state and have had a similar problem with your Epson printer, the EFF will ask you to notify us in writing so that your complaint can be forwarded to the Attorney General.

We recommend that no inkjet printer buy great pain. If you need to print documents, you should get a laser printer like the Brother HL-L2350DW, which can handle black-and-white documents effortlessly and with more economical toner than ink cartridges.

If you want to print photos, consider using a photo printing service rather than buying an expensive photo printer, expensive photo paper, and endless overpriced ink cartridges.

Thanks Motherboard for bringing this news to your attention.

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