TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Users Often Invite Spyware Trouble

Users Often Invite Spyware Trouble

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 31 Oct 2004 16:28:51 -0500

By ANICK JESDANUN AP Internet Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tagalong software, generally known as spyware, is an
especially tricky security threat because user carelessness is nearly
always to blame.

All Dennis McGrath wanted was to belong. Just about everyone else in
his chat room began displaying new kinds of smiley faces with their
messages. So he downloaded a free program to get some, too.

Little did McGrath know he would also get a pesky toolbar that keeps
reappearing no matter how he tries to disable it.


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