AOL Instant Messenger silently sniffing, retrieving URLs sent in chats

AOL’s venerable instant messaging network, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), silently intercepts URLs in private chats and retrieves the content at the sent address without user consent. AOL appears to be retrieving any and all URLs sent during chats indiscriminately, at the network level. Presumably AOL is indexing the users included in the chat, the URL, and . . . → Read More: AOL Instant Messenger silently sniffing, retrieving URLs sent in chats

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Norton is a virus? Not exactly, but they’re on to something. Viruses generally are installed without the user’s consent (e.g. on a new PC), degrade system performance (check), interfere with legitimate programs (e.g. blocking Firefox by default or by accident), take proactive steps to prevent removal (ever try uninstalling it?) and generally . . . → Read More: Google Suggest gets it right for once…

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Welcome. You weren’t scared away by the URL? You must be bold, prepared, stupid, or any combination thereof. Here you can learn about and discuss strategies and techniques for protecting privacy in a world increasingly demanding transparent . . . → Read More: Welcome to ican.stealyour.info