Analysis (Services and Self)

Koan Bremner's view on life as a database and data warehouse professional / addict and non-genetic woman

Friday, October 22, 2004

Google Desktop Search Under Fire

AchilleCB writes "Cnn and many other sources are jumping on the Google-privacy-bash bandwagon, they are carrying stories warning of more privacy implications regarding Google's Desktop Search, "if it's installed on computers at libraries and Internet cafes, users could unwittingly allow people who follow them on the PCs, for example, to see sensitive information in e-mails they've exchanged. That could mean revealed passwords, conversations with doctors, or viewed Web pages detailing online purchases." ... Type in "hotmail.com" and you'll get copies, or stored caches, of messages that previous users have seen. Enter an e-mail address and you can read all the messages sent to and from that address. Type "password" and get password reminders that were sent back via e-mail."

[Via Slashdot: ]

There you go, Rex; maybe you are right to be paranoid after all ... ;-)

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2 Comments:

  • At 5:26 pm, Blogger Ryan Stevens said…

    Silly fools, using public access machines - might as well stick your password on the screen with a post-it when you leave!

     
  • At 7:17 am, Blogger Koan said…

    You mean I *shouldn't* use post-it notes for passwords? :-) Next thing you'll be telling me I shouldn't keep my PIN scratched on the ATM I use...

     

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