The Anatomy of File Download Spyware

“…if you use the RealNetworks RealDownload, Netscape/AOL Smart Download, or NetZip Download Demon utilities in their default configuration … EVERY TIME

“…if you use the RealNetworks RealDownload, Netscape/AOL Smart Download, or NetZip Download Demon utilities in their default configuration … EVERY TIME you use one of these utilities to download ANY FILE from ANYWHERE on the Internet, the complete ‘URL address’ of the file, along with a UNIQUE ID TAG that has been assigned to YOUR machine, and — in the case of Netscape’s SmartDownload only — YOUR computer’s individual Internet IP address, is immediately transmitted to the program’s publisher. This allows a database of your entire, personal, file download history to be assembled and uniquely associated with your individual computer … for whatever purpose the program’s publishers may have today, or tomorrow.”


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Date:
November 23, 2016
Author:
XPLANE