07-19-2012 03:06 PM
New today at Windows Secrets:
Note the: << Windows 7 kept gadgets but no longer required the Sidebar stage. >>
Does anyone know if Pushed data is any more difficult for a security application to monitor and deal with than the more normal Pulled data?
After all we get advertising pushed at us all the time so if as Windows Secrets seems to say it is the Push technology that is the weak spot ......
07-26-2012 11:18 AM
07-26-2012 01:08 PM
07-26-2012 01:49 PM
If your Gadgets are gone, you should be fine.
Almost all programs give the option to download or simply run at the time. If you look under the Fix-IT buttons in the Notes section it gives the option to download the fix to a flash drive and use it on other computers.
FMI, What Windows version are you running - Vista or Win7?
07-26-2012 01:53 PM
If you like the analog clock, as I do, then since it gets its data from the system clock I can not envisage any reason why it should be any more of a risk to you than the system clock itself! I know that's where it gets its information from since the toolbox for it says so!
I would suspect the same to be true for the calendar which I also like since I don't have a day at a time one within view.
Other gadgets, like weather and exchange rates which I use, do take data pushed at them by the sources and my understanding of the potential weakness -- if the Windows Secrets article is correct -- is that pushed data is what concerns them (although why more than advertising I don't know) and that you could be persuaded to download an attractive gadget that was in fact a trojan .... just like anything else you might be persuaded to click on.
I think this is one big fuss about nothing .... andthe real ltruthmay be in what Microsoft says on their Gadgets page .... in preparation for Windows 8 we are not offering gadgets any more.
07-26-2012 02:15 PM
07-26-2012 02:21 PM
07-26-2012 02:39 PM
I think you are being overly cautious - but
You could use the other Fit-It button to restore your Gadgets and Sidebar, then after ensuring that they work, use the Fix-It button to disable it in whatever way will ease your mind.
07-26-2012 02:45 PM
I like an analog clock since it is much quicker to read!
There's been a lot of research on that but I ran into it head on many years ago when I got a Citroen GS car that had a digital speedometer and I hated the speedometer. You had to actually read and digest the numbers to know your speed whereas with an analog speedometer a flash glance and you know that if the needle is in a certain position you are OK!
Strange but true ... <g>