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Spyware and freeware : fair's fair

Helen Thomas
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Freeware + Spyware

Some users think if you want to use freeware and file-sharing applications , it's only fair to take the spyware as well. This is scary -
IMesh, maker of a popular file-sharing application, recently began bundling an application called Marketscore. Some would view Marketscore as a privacy nightmare: The program routes all of a user's web traffic through Marketscore's own servers, where it is then analyzed to "create research reports on internet trends and e-commerce activities," according to Marketscore.

Even data entered on secure websites -- such as passwords, credit card numbers and bank account numbers, information that is supposed to be viewable only by the sender and the intended recipient -- is accessible to Marketscore, since the company has developed a method that allows it to view encrypted information.


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All I can say is:

You get what you pay for.

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Andrew Eccleston
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I have to say that I find it quite discouraging that so many people just don't care about their own privacy. Especially these college students. When these students make business decisions later in life, how much further will they be willing to go simply because they hold no value for the privacy of personal information? And, how many of them will end up in government positions?


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Gerald Davis
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I don't worry about no virus,or spyware none of it happens to me. Maybe I there is a virus floating around inside of Wine when I use IExplorer but other then that there is no need max security measures hardly any use for a firewall unless I am buying anything online.
Helen Thomas
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The internet is still a wild, wild frontier for marketeers.
Once it gets as heavily regulated as TV (difficult though it is to draw parallels between the two media) there should be less of spyware, adware.
Car manufacturers used to launch the first product in the slot before the 10 o'clock news but since the news moved to 10:30 and viewings dropped, targeting internet users boomed.
Jeroen Wenting
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Originally posted by Andrew Eccleston:
I have to say that I find it quite discouraging that so many people just don't care about their own privacy. Especially these college students. When these students make business decisions later in life, how much further will they be willing to go simply because they hold no value for the privacy of personal information? And, how many of them will end up in government positions?


There was a social study done in London earlier this year (or maybe last year).
People in the business district were approached and offered a bar of chocolate in exchange for their network usernames and passwords (corporate, ISP) and sometimes creditcard numbers.
Over 60% of the people questioned agreed to the exchance.
These were stock traders, bankers, and other people with high responsibility jobs in the financial sector as well as IT people.
Some will without doubt have given false information, seeing a free bar of chocolate in return for nothing but the majority most likely gave their true account info.
They were NOT told in advance it was a study, had the researchers been criminals who knew how to dress to fit in they'd have gotten enough information to break into the networks of most major financial firms in London within a few hours at the cost of a few dozen bars of chocolate...


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Andrew Eccleston
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:

Over 60% of the people questioned agreed to the exchance.


*Sigh*

...and the bar lowers another notch (or two).
peter wooster
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
There was a social study done in London earlier this year (or maybe last year).
People in the business district were approached and offered a bar of chocolate in exchange for their network usernames and passwords (corporate, ISP) and sometimes creditcard numbers.
Over 60% of the people questioned agreed to the exchance.
...


Did you checck with the JunkMan on that study?
Jeroen Wenting
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it was posted on the O'Reilly network a few months ago...

And given the attitude I see with many people regarding security I think it's most likely (and sadly) quite true.
Joe King
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Surfing on the internet is a bit like having unprotected sex. While it may be easier then taking protective measures, sooner or later you'll catch something nasty.
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So someone comes up to you and offers a free bar of chocolate for your password. Aren't you clever enough to come up with something to get the free chocolate? They didn't actually verify any password so the study proves only that people are willing to talk to survey takers if offered a free bar of chocolate. It tells us nothing about security.


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Gerald Davis
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Originally posted by Joe King:
Surfing on the internet is a bit like having unprotected sex. While it may be easier then taking protective measures, sooner or later you'll catch something nasty.


The chances are I will catch something not so nasty first, but that hasn't happened to me yet, Linux users have more to worry about with it's increased popularity in the market place and home users.
 
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