What If I Want My Spyware?

from the the-greater-good? dept

Whenever legal questions come up about banning the existence of adware/spyware, we always mention that if people actually want that crap on their computer, they should be allowed to have it. The problem comes when these companies put the software onto computers without users knowing it — or without adequately revealing what happens to their info. People in the comments have attacked us for saying such things, often saying that no one could ever possibly want adware or spyware on their machines. Well, now we know some people who disagree with that. Wired News is running an article about the type of people who are perfectly happy to have a spyware infested computer, if it means they get to use whatever free software they’ve downloaded. The reasoning is mostly head-in-the-sand type stuff, where they figure they have nothing worth spying on, so what do they care? This may seem short-sighted and foolish, but it is up to them to make that decision.

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Tim (user link) says:

security 101

I wouldn’t call myself a security freak, but I do find it amazing that people would be so stupidly irresponsible. What happens if your visiting friend uses your machine to do some internet banking? Are you going to declare up front “don’t use it, it’s not safe”? Is it not insanity to assume that *no* bad-hats will ever crack into the database storing what they typed?

Alex B. says:

More than One PC

I actually have two computers, one for my private / daily stuff and the other (which is an old celeron one) for experimental work and software testing, I usually re-install that one (from a system snapshot CD) on a regular basis because of the all too obvious reasons. So I can see curious spyware and other sort of software without worries.

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