In an earlier entry , I had mentioned that Google's new desktop search is a great idea, and I still stand behind that. However, in this article by Information Week, the question comes up of security. Basically, if you are using a stand-alone computer and you are the ONLY user, then you probably have nothing to worry about. However, if you are using a networked computer that other users have access to, you might want to think twice before installing this nifty new tool on your machine. On one hand, Google has introduced a great search tool. On the other hand, it's a perfect foil for identity thieves to get your stuff. Forewarned is forearmed!
More about staying safe on the Web
- Anonymous Surfing: Hide your search tracks and keep your searches completely safe, secure, and anonymous.
- Conceal Your Search Habits: There's a lot that search engines know about you simply by keeping track of your searches. If you'd rather not have that information out there, learn how you can conceal your searches.
- Protect Yourself from Spyware: Viruses, malware, spyware.....they are all out there on the Web, and if you're not careful, they can attack your computer system. Get free tools that can help you stay safe; you can check out 101 Free Online Alternatives to Popular Desktop Software for more (free!) security options.