Yesterday’s newsletter about spyware filled my email with gigabytes of response. One was, “How do I know if a program I am downloading is spyware?”
Well, if you want to find out if a freeware program you are about to download is spyware, adware, or will install third-party components (foistware) on your system, this is where to go.
Just type in the program in question and find out. You will find a link to the company’s privacy statement so you can read exactly what information will be collected and how it will be used before you download. I was surprised to find familiar names like RealAudio, which tracks your downloads and listening habits.
So, before you download, check it out and find out just how much security you’ll be giving away.