Monday, December 06, 2004

Let's invite big brother for a cup of tea

Spyware

I've just read this disturbing piece about the stupidity of the masses on wired:


Not all web surfers think spyware is a problem. Some say the snoopy software is a fair trade-off for free applications, even with the intrusion into their computers and lives.

"Typically the assumption has been that spyware sneaks onto computers, or users are unaware of what they have agreed to install," said Gregg Mastoras, a senior security analyst at antivirus vendor Sophos. "But some people actually do knowingly install adware because they want to use a particular application that comes bundled with it. Some just aren't particularly concerned by adware's presence on their computers." .......


It goes on to say how some people see spyware as an acceptable price to pay for free software. I hope to god somebody re educates these people. Maybe it's time to make Secrets & Lies manditory reading for high school.

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