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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Definition of Spyware

Thanks for Eric Goldman for noting that Merriam-Webster has added the term “Spyware” to its dictionary. (More Info) I’ve been to multiple conferences where half the morning was devoted to the task of defining Spyware.  The Webster definition is pretty simple.

Main Entry: spy·ware
Pronunciation: 'spI-"wer
Function: noun
:
software that is installed in a computer without the user's knowledge and transmits information about the user's computer activities over the Internet

A number of self proclaimed “adware” companies have sent me Cease & Desist order over the years because WinPatrol labeled them as spyware.  Guess what guys?  You’re spyware! stick it up yours

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