Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> On the issue of privacy and the need for Linux/PGP...
> Too many tools can be planted in Windows, for spying purposes, as H-P
> recently proved, e.g. screengrabbers, keyloggers, E-mail client mods...
> Is My Boss Reading My Personal E-mail?
> ,----[ Summary ]
>| Your employer can monitor all electronic communication
>| to and from work equipment, especially when it's sent
>| over the corporate network
> Also today, Forbes shows that Microsoft makes the Net dangerous...
> The Ten Most Dangerous Online Activities
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| Most computer users have no idea how dangerous their online
>| behavior is.
>| No matter how many times you warn them, employees still
>| manage to poison their computers with new malware because
>| they "just couldn't resist looking at the attachment."
To be honest, even with the best will in the world, if you're running on
a machine which is not your own, no matter what it is, you cannot really
be sure that there isn't some kind of spyware in there somewhere (okay,
if you personally admin the machine, that might not be correct, but
that's perhaps an exceptional case). It's quite true that Windows is
far more susceptible that Linux to these kinds of things, but if
someone has root access, then replicating keystrokes, monitoring console
activity, and so on, is not so difficult.
| Mark Kent -- mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk |
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