“Now, the handsomely-named Mr Cringely has revealed that a colleague of his at Infoworld noticed that Zone Alarm 6.0 was sneakily sending off data to four different servers. Cringely says that Zone Labs (acquired by Checkpoint in March of 2004) at first denied the activity for a couple of months before deciding the software had a “bug” even though, as he points out, “the instructions to contact the servers were set out in the program’s XML code.
The company says it will fix the “bug” soon. In the meantime you can work around it by adding:
# Block access to ZoneLabs Server 127.0.0.1 zonelabs.com to your Windows host file.”
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Worm set to delete data files on February 3 @ Ars Technica
- KDE flaws put Linux, Unix systems at risk @ CNET
- The History of BASIC @ dotnetmasters
- Spy Sheriff @ MHW
- New Contest on Gamepyre.com
- Building Your First Computer: A Guide @ ABXZone
- CompuCar – Desktop Computers that look like cars @ CompuCarLLC
- Computer Power User (CPU) magazine giveaway @ CaseModGod.com
- Geek and Gamer Themed Apparel @ A True Review
- How To Make Windows XP Shut Down Faster @ The TechZone
Source: The Inquirer
I don’t mean to cast aspersions or alarm anyone, but it seems that the new owner of Zone Alarm is a little curious about what the people who use Zone Alarm are doing. The Inquirer has posted an article about it, as well as a way to disable the “phone home” in the retail version. If that and the various vulnerabilities get you down, check out the History of BASIC, it may put a smile back on your face.