Google admits security risk with Google Desktop 3

By Justin Mann on February 20, 2006, 4:30 PM
After a veritable horde of criticism and complaints from various sources, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Google has admitted that version 3 of their indexing software Google Desktop has serious potential security risks. With the potential for information in the form of indexed documents being made available to third parties, the risk of identity theft, intellectual property theft, disclosure of secret information, et cetera, all rises.

Gartner said in a report on Thursday that the "mere transport (of data) outside the enterprise will represent an unacceptable security risk to many enterprises," as intellectual property could be transported out of the business. Google told ZDNet UK on Monday that it recognized the risk, and recommended that companies take action. "We recognize that this is a big issue for enterprise. Yes, it's a risk, and we understand that businesses may be concerned," said Andy Ku, European marketing manager for Google.
The particular feature in question is Search Across Computers, which allows files to be located from multiple machines with little fuss. Usually a company doesn't admit a problem until a fix is available, but Google's fix is to disable the feature. There is also an Enterprise version of Google Desktop 3, which is more tailored to environments where this sort of information leakage is a serious risk. At least Google is doing something about this.




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DragonMaster said:
[quote]At least Google is doing something about this.[/quote]That's what I would've liked to know.
mentaljedi said:
Again, google actually doesn't wait a couple of weeks for their system to be hacked over and over again before they send out SOME form of advice.
Cartz said:
[b]Originally posted by mentaljedi:[/b][quote]Again, google actually doesn't wait a couple of weeks for their system to be hacked over and over again before they send out SOME form of advice.[/quote]Well, this HAS been news for about a week and a half, and their only solution is to disable the feature? Not a whole lot better then MS...MS could do that too I suppose...[quote]Due to security concerns with the Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office Suite of applications, Microsoft advises that all consumers cease using these products immediately[/quote]...or maybe that would disrupt some peoples productivity...
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