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    Question Anyone using Google Desktop?


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    I would stay away from this..................

    Quote Originally Posted by Jo
    If it's installed on computers at libraries and Internet cafes, users could unwittingly allow people to 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.
    It's clearly a very powerful tool for locating information on the computer
    On the flip side of things, it's a perfect spy program.
    Google Desktop Search, automatically records e-mail you read through Outlook, Outlook Express or the Internet Explorer browser. It also saves copies of Web pages you view through IE and chat conversations using America Online Inc.'s instant-messaging software. And it finds Word, Excel and PowerPoint files stored on the computer.
    If you're the computer's only user, the software is helpful as a photographic memory of everything you've seen on the computer
    Where the privacy and security concerns arise is when the computer is shared.

    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.
    The new Google tool would not only aid people in spying on past patrons on public PCs. At home, parents could record their kids' instant messaging conversations or view a spouse's e-mail. In the office, employers could index what their workers are up to. I have found though that if each user has a separate logon to Windows, Google Desktop Search will be stymied, however. That's because only one person can install and use the software on a given computer.
    Google's software's power relies on centralizing what's already saved on computers; most browsers, for instance, have a built-in cache that keeps copies of Web pages recently visited. The difference is that Google's index is permanent, though users can delete items individually. And the software makes all the items easier to find.

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