This week, Microsoft began rolling out the Windows Activation Technologies update that it promised earlier this month. Some privacy advocates claim that the update "phones home," an expression that traditionally has been tied to spyware. I disagree with this characterization but recognize that reasonable people can find privacy concerns. Here's a background on exactly what this update does, so you can make up your own mind.
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Last week Microsoft was sued in a Washington district court for allegedly violating privacy laws through its use of Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) anti-piracy mechanism in Windows XP. Is WGA a legitimate anti-piracy tool or is it spyware?
Twice today during work -- from the confines of Google Chrome, no less -- I've been prompted, while logged into Google, with a denial-of-service notice stating the following:We're sorry, but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.
Privacy problems and propagation of "virus-like" applications has led to a marked decline in the use of Facebook's developer platform, according to industry analysts Ovum.
Ben Edelman, an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School and noted anti-spyware researcher, is on Sears' privacy case again.This time, Edelman, tells you how to find another person's purchase history via Sears' "Manage My Home" site.
Ben Edelman, an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School and noted anti-spyware researcher, says Sears and Kmart customers are giving up too much private data when they join a marketing program called "My SHC Community."Edelman walks through the installation of the ComScore software that powers Sears Holdings Community (SHC) and then argues that Sears falls short of Federal Trade Commission privacy standards.
Amidst growing chatter that the anti-virus/anti-spyware market is gasping for air, a veteran virus fighter says desktop security products must add new protection mechanisms to keep pace with aggressive online criminals.
Resources giant Woodside Energy has chosen IronPort's e-mail security appliance over rival Symantec's for spam, virus and spyware protection at its Perth and Houston facilities.
Congress has tried for years to enact spyware regulations and restrictions on Social Security numbers, with no luck so far.
Which is it? Once you determine the 'who', the 'why', the 'what' and the 'how', it all becomes clear
Fewer campuses reported security incidents and threats in 2006. Even thefts of computers containing confidential data and hacks of campus networks declined by a few percentage points, while reports of major virus or spyware infestations fell sharply.
Email viruses have dropped to a new low, but spam and spyware are an increasingly dangerous problem
Windows Live OneCare provides a mini-IT department for those who want a managed service to provide virus protection, anti-spyware and firewalls. It is the first of many managed online security services to debut this year. Offerings from Symantec, McAfee and other established security vendors are due out as well.
Though it is not clear what size this organizationis, GreggEldred describes a customer's decisionto move away from Notes:On Thursday, in a fit of passion,they moved to . . . neither Notes nor Exchange. They opted to use theirfree webmail accounts with their web hosting company and now they are usingPOP/IMAP for their mail. Yeah, now they have HTML mail and a slick webmailinterface, but they aren't too sure of spam or anti-virus protection. Someoneelse is now responsible for their mail system, a company that has a lotof other customers to worry about. Will they get good support? Will theirmail be scanned and protected? Will those definitions be up to date? Idon't know and I don't know if they do, either. Any way, it's hard to help when they don't/can't keep up with the maintenance.Everything that they complained about was fixed/updated/improved in subsequentreleases. And yet, there they sat on R4.6.7. From a totally budgetary viewpoint,it is hard to compete against "free." And those POP/IMAP addressesare free, at least in terms of cold, hard cash and in relation to eitherNotes/Domino or Exchange. So, while we didn't lose to Exchange, we did lose a Notes customer.Ahyes, the pennywise-and-pound-foolish mentality. Here we have a customerwho was still running software from 1996 and wondering why it didn't dowhat they wanted in 2006. It's like buying a perfectly good car andbelieving that one never has to do oil changes, tuneups, or even take itthrough a car wash occasionally. Oh, and no insurance either -- theyhadn't bought a maintenance agreement at any point in that time.Now they've moved to an environmentwhere their e-mail might not even have their own company name as theirFQDN. Gregg identifies some of the risks, but how about some others-- is their mail being backed up? What's the SLA if there is a needto get to that backup? What archiving solution is in place? Howis compliance being addressed? What happens if their web hostingcompany is acquired? What about directory services for their employees?I'm disappointed that Gregg wasn't ableto show this customer how an upgrade, even from 4.x, would protect theirexisting investments and be cost-effective. Sometimes, though, the"wallet check" leads companies to make decisions based on rawcashflow, and they'll be able to say "at least we didn't spend $5000on new software" or whatever. Good luck to them.
Nearly 90% of US businesses suffered from a computer virus, spyware or other online attack in 2004 or 2005 despite widespread use of security software, according to FBI. The average damage was at $24,000.
These suites bundle everything you need, from antivirus protection to firewall blocking, in one box. Plus, they offer additional privacy protection, such as blocking objectionable Web sites, spam, and spyware -- all in one convenient package. Which is the best?
Which is it? Once you determine the 'who', the 'why', the 'what' and the 'how' it all becomes clear.
Microsoft last week announced it would launch a set of anti-virus and anti-spyware products but will enterprises trust the software giant to protect its own products and more importantly, will they pay for the privilege?Michael Warrilow, director of Sydney-based analyst firm Hydrasight, believes Microsoft is in a 'catch 22' situation because enterprises will not want to pay for products that are designed to protect them from failings in Microsoft's other products.
Will Microsoft's announcement of a new security strategy to provide better virus, spam and spyware protection for corporate customers?
Virus, spyware and spam protection for businesses
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