An IT training firm in the U.K. conducted a stunt (or promotion, depending on your feelings about it) to demonstrate that users in London’s Golden Mile, its financial district, need more security training. They stood alongside the road and handed out CDs claiming to contain a special Valentine’s Day promotion. While no numbers have been provided, a spokesperson for the firm indicated that the CD, when inserted, would “call home” to the firm indicating the user had run it.
The CDs had written on the outside that you ought not to do this because it might be a violation of policy. Despite this, some employees ran the CDs anyway.
As a security conscious guy, this makes me scream, “Aaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh.” <heaving sigh>
This column also has some interesting thoughts on the Search Across Computers feature of the Google Desktop that you might want to read. Personally I loathe the Google Desktop. I love the Google Deskbar which has been discontinued as a standalone product. Too bad (thankfully I have a copy of the installer backed up for the future).