Want to know more about spyware?

Discussion in 'Security Software' started by Bill Sanderson, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. Here's a Microsoft article which may help you:

    Bill Sanderson, Apr 21, 2004
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    letem Guest

    what's wrong with spyware? people need a way to make money
    in this world so whats the big deal?
    letem, Apr 21, 2004
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  3. Nothing wrong with making an honest buck.

    It's leaving out the "honest" in that term that is the issue, of course!
    Bill Sanderson, Apr 21, 2004
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    letem Guest

    but thats my point sometimes spyware is from an honest
    company and they just want your information for ads i mean
    are we suppose to get mad at companies putting commercials
    on tv too? some of these spyware people are not out to
    hurt anyone
    letem, Apr 21, 2004
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    Jason Guest

    Spyware and honest company are up there in the oxymoron list with
    military intellegence. What would an honest company need with spyware?

    I think you're not quite clear on what spyware actually is as compared
    to addware.

    Jason, Apr 21, 2004
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    letem Guest

    i say, let the spyware alone
    letem, Apr 21, 2004
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    Jason Guest

    Great, you can have it all then. I'm sure no one would mind that at all.

    Jason, Apr 22, 2004
  8. I don't disagree, but what's important is that the user give informed
    consent to the installation of software on their machine.

    That's where I believe that things will change--there's a lot going on which
    either has no user agreement, or one which conceals the purpose of the
    download, and that has to change.
    Bill Sanderson, Apr 22, 2004
  9. Adware is a great alternative to shareware and commercial software - instead
    of paying in terms of green folding drinking vouchers, you pay in terms of
    allowing advertising to enter your computer, and allowing the advertisers to
    discover, at the very least, that you're looking at their advert.
    Unfortunately, this also gives away exactly when you're using what
    application, and requires some use of your Internet connection.

    Which is fine, _if_ you're informed of that. If you're informed and able to
    make the decision on that basis (and it's not buried in the middle of a
    legalistic 'licence agreement'), then it's adware, and not spyware, because
    you've volunteered to exchange that privacy for the cost of using the

    But spyware is different. Spyware is someone discovering that they can
    force people to certain web sites, and bring more eyeballs - albeit coerced
    ones - to the adverts that they host. Frankly, I'm surprised that some of
    the advertisers haven't brought a class-action suit against the spyware
    producers, for using deceitful purposes to get people to watch their
    adverts. Or the occasional investigation from Trading Standards or
    equivalent, into how these spyware companies do business in such an
    unethical way.

    Unfortunately, spyware has poisoned the adware well, so it'd be very
    difficult now to produce any kind of adware and convince enough people that
    it's acceptable.


    [Please don't email posters, if a Usenet response is appropriate.]
    Alun Jones [MS MVP], Apr 22, 2004
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