By Al Hartmann

Security Ruse for Installing Extraneous Software

The economic realities of the PC ecosystem are such that extraneous processes are everywhere and enter enterprise PC’s by every ruse imaginable. Leading software ISVs and hardware OEMs and IHVs have no ethical qualms against burdening enterprise PCs with unnecessary and unwanted software if they can grab a few royalty bucks on the side at your expense. This one flew up on my screen just this morning as I dealt with the recent headline-making Java security vulnerabilities.

Here is the setting – zero-day vulnerabilities were discovered recently in Java, a key software component in many enterprise applications. Department of Homeland Security experts advised turning off Java entirely, but that cuts off Java enterprise apps.

The alternative for where Java is necessary (within many enterprises) is to update Java, an Oracle software product, to obtain at least the latest partial sAskToolbaroftware fixes from Oracle. But Oracle defaults installation of unwanted extraneous software in the form of the Ask Toolbar, which many security-conscious but naïve users will assume is helpful given the Oracle recommendation (and golly gee it’s FREE), even though browser add-ons are a notorious security risk.

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