Google admits Desktop security risk

February 21, 2006 by  

Google Desktop is a nifty little tool that sits on the right edge of my desktop. I haven’t upgrade to the latest version yet.

A recent news surface where Google admits Desktop poses a security risk.

One of features which worried most people especially to enterprises is the ability for the application to automatically stores copies of files, for up to a month, on Google servers. From there, copies are transferred to the user’s other computers for archiving. The data is encrypted in transmission and while stored on Google servers.

User will the be able to utilize the ‘Search Across Computers facility’ and search any company on the local network.

Would you allow the transporting of internal, probably sensitive information to outside of your company and share network-wide information to anybody?

Anyway, as an individual user, I don’t see this issues as great concern unless you have propriety or sensitive information which put on great disadvantage when the information is divulge to others.

At the end of the day, each company should make its own decision. If they are uncomfortable, they shouldn’t enable the feature.

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