Google’s Search Tool A Privacy Risk

“People who use public or workplace computers for e-mail, instant messaging and Web searching have a new privacy risk to worry about: Google’s free new tool that indexes a PC’s contents for quickly locating data.

If it’s installed on computers at libraries and Internet cafes, users could unwittingly allow people who follow them on the PCs, for example, to see sensitive information in e-mails they’ve exchanged. That could mean revealed passwords, conversations with doctors, or viewed Web pages detailing online purchases.”

While the article does mention that the new Google search tool is still in Beta (testing phase) form, what needs to be taken into consideration is that even in its final release, the Google search tool will index your computers content. AOL and even Microsoft are working on similar software which will no doubt prove more trouble than they may be worth. We will follow these developments as they happen.

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