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Re: [TSVN] TortoiseSVN calling home?

From: Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-04-13 09:35:22 CEST

Leon Zandman wrote:
>> They do! The automatic windows update is on by default for XP
>> Home (XP Pro is different). And if you don't visit the
>> 'security center' yourself to change the setting, it will
>> even download and install those updates automaticall.
> Oh yes, you're right. They did change that since SP2. How could I
> forget... Anyway, I myself feel strongly for letting the user decide.
> But that's just my own opinion :-)

Especially for windows, I disagree. I think the option to opt-out and
not opt-in for automatic updates is a good idea.
Because it is especially those users who don't know how to configure
this (e.g. people like my dad) who also won't even notice if they have a
virus on their system which sends out spam. To prevent having too many
such computers on the world, an automatic update is a *very* good idea.
It at least helps a little bit reducing the amount of zombie-pc's.

Every time someone calls me to help with their PC problems and I
discover several viruses on their system, I get angry. Because they all
tell me they've disabled the automatic updates because "they don't want
to send data to MS" - but apparently they don't have a problem with a
virus making their computer completely accessible over the internet by
any criminal who analyzed (or wrote) the virus.
That has nothing to do with protecting their "information" or privacy -
that's just plain stupid!


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