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Posted By On December 6, 2005 @ 2:42 PM In Free Downloads | Comments Disabled
Besides the ability to scan EULAs for key words, EULAlyzer has a couple of other cards up its sleeve. After a EULA scan the program will (depending on how you have it set up) prompt you to send the results to the EULA Research Center to further help the company to improve their products. You can also take this scan information and save it locally for referencing later. I don’t know why you would want to do that, but you can.
In short, it’s never a good idea to install software without looking at the EULA. More and more they are becoming almost cryptic and confusing in the message they are trying to convey. You should scrutinize software even from reputable companies. Look at Sony and their rootkit installation in early November. (Check out the Security Article from 11-16-05 for more info) Sony’s rootkit debacle is an example to what lengths some of these companies are willing to go in order to protect their product – even at the complete expense of their customers.
It seems that all a company has to do is to make some sort of mention of the full impact of their software in the EULA to take any blame off of them. Not to mention if a company puts this in their EULA it disqualifies them as Spyware. Look at Gator or the free Incredimail for example. They contain Spyware but not labeled as such because that info is in their EULA.
Protect yourself and read your EULA’s. The EULA will shed some light on any ulterior motives the software you are about to install may have thereby giving you the power to stop any anguish before it starts.
~ Chad Stelnicki
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