|04-08-2005, 05:58 AM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2003
Device: Dell Axim
Warning: Adobe documents now spying on you!
Keep your finger on the pulse. The company behind all this is Canada-based Remote Approach, who advertises their technology as a mechanism to supervise the usage of PDF documents: "We call it Document Distribution Management™. You can call it a way to measure and analyze your real audience and reach - including channels like email and peer to peer, not just people downloading from your web site. We offer a suite of tools and services to help you identify, manage and track your documents in real-time." The company claims this not to be spyware, since according to them the "software retrieves no information from the user's computer and leaves no software behind." Which is a bald-faced lie since they store and share your IP address.
Apparently the company is also working on a feature that would let a company block a document from being read if there's no Internet connection. Another feature in the works would allow tracking on a page-by-page basis.
And don't you dare open pirated PDF e-books!
[first found at Linux Weekly News]
|04-09-2005, 03:11 AM||#3|
Join Date: Mar 2003
Device: Sony prs-650, iPod, BEBOOK Mini, Nokia n810, iPaq
Getting a firewall like Zonealarm would prevent any application from sending data out without your approval.
|04-09-2005, 09:26 AM||#4|
Recovering Gadget Addict
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Device: Note3, MacBook Air, iPad Air
That's an interesting idea, and it would be nice if it worked. But if I understand ZoneAlarm correctly, you either have to approve manually for each time it needs to communicate outside, or you have to allow it free communication. If there are legitimate needs for Acrobat Reader to communicate across the web (like for updates or for document content), then an average user would pretty much be forced to open it up altogether in ZoneAlarm to avoid a significant nuisance factor with repeated alerts.
Anyone else out there that can shed more light on whether this is a practical solution?
|04-09-2005, 09:33 AM||#5|
Join Date: Oct 2002
Device: Sony PRS-650 / Nexus 7 / Kindle PW
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