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    ABW Founder Haiko de Poel, Jr.'s Avatar
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>At the end of April, Jeffrey Friedberg, director of Windows Privacy Microsoft, spoke to the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, describing in detail what will be included in it:

    A new pop-up blocker, turned on by default, that will reduce a user's exposure to unsolicited downloads;

    A new download blocker that will suppress unsolicited downloads until the user expresses interest;

    Redesigned security warnings that make it easier for users to understand what software is to be downloaded, make it more obvious when bad practices are used (e.g., multi-line program names), and allow users to choose to never install certain types of software;

    A new policy that restricts a user's ability to directly select the "low" security setting; and

    Tools to help expert users and support professionals understand and disable unwanted functionalities that have been added to the browser.
    Uncloaking Spyware

    Spyware is also an issue for Microsoft. "Beyond Windows XP Service Pack 2, Microsoft is investing in future technologies that advance our goal of giving users the ability to understand what software they are running and installing, and whether they can trust it," Friedberg said.

    "We continue to explore ways that we can better inform consumers in advance about programs that they plan to install, and to provide them with more control over the installation itself," he noted.

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    Do an ABW search for longhorn

    Security should be now and will be a major issue in the future. Microsoft has been taking a lot of hits, so they're gonna try to do something about it.

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    Did you see the entry Microsoft provided to the FTC?

    Some enhancements are coming in xp sp2 - not sure if that's longhorn or not but the enhancements they provide are still user controlled so some of the mess being stopped will still depend on the default settings that goes with the new features.

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    ABW Ambassador Andy's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
    I love the "To help protect your security, Internet Explorer stopped this site from installing software on your computer."



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    Aw Andy, I'm sure you'll miss the POPUNDERS a lot though!

    On a more serious note, it looks like everyone who disables the BHO-killer in order to keep their favorite toolbar (for instance, the Google Toolbar) will still be wide open to parasites. It needs a way to allow ONLY the bars that are actually wanted by the user, and dump the rest.
    There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway

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    ABW Ambassador Jane's Avatar
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    January 17th, 2005
    So after all the pop-ups, pop-unders and other evil things are blocked.. what is the next approach advertisers will take? Surely they must be working on new ways to annoy.

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