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Re: Google Desktop and Security
From: Albert Gonzalez <incodeblood () gmail com>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 16:36:10 -0600

But the malware already had to be on your hard drive for Google
Desktop to index it. I enjoy it for the sole fact that it can search
through my 10k+ e-mails in outlook faster than outlook does it, so
that is the only reason I use it. Gets tedious to find something when
you have over 100 folders and lots and lots of e-mails.. and you don't
even have to specify a folder, like you would with outlook. I only
index e-mails and have it sitting on my taskbar.

_A

On 2/5/06, Neil Kathok <neil.kathok () gmail com> wrote:
On 2/3/2006 12:57 AM, Mark wrote:
I am interested in using Google Desktop, but am concerned about the
potential for security leaks from my computer.  I am uncomfortable
with Google indexing my hard drive.  I have read that you can turn off
indexing, so I feel better about that.

Could someone please provide more information about what other
security issues the Google Desktop may present.

Thank you.


Well, among other things, the indexing/searching process can activate
various sorts of malware/virii.  (It opens them, which is like clicking
on it, which is all it takes sometimes.)

--
Neil.
http://voidfx.net
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it
means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."
--Lewis Carroll

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