Download our in-depth report: The Ultimate Guide to IT Security VendorsThe recent uproar over Sony BMG's ''rootkit-like'' software, Microsoft'sWMF defect and such got me thinking about the software on my computers.The audacity of these companies to put such unwanted filth on mycomputers!
But truth be told, I've probably inadvertently allowed them to do so bythe fine print in their End User License Agreement (EULA), right?
So what recourse do I have? That's when I was hit with a ''wouldn't it becool if'' moment that I want to share with you all in the form of an openletter to software producers, whether they be open or closed source,commercial or freeware.
Dear Software Producer:https://o1.qnsr.com/log/p.gif?;n=203;c=204650394;s=9477;x=7936;f=201801171506010;u=j;z=TIMESTAMP;a=20392931;e=i First and foremost, this is my computer, and the data on it belongs tome.
I purchased (or freely and legally downloaded) your software to use on mycomputer. But make no mistake about it... it is my computer and yoursoftware is a digital guest here. As such, I have a few basic and fairrules of conduct I require you to follow. They are as follows:
In exchange for abiding by these rules of decent and honorable behavior,I agree to use only legally licensed copies of your software incompliance with your customary terms.
This is, after all, my computer and my data.
Now, you're probably thinking I've gone completely nuts. Perhaps you'reright, but are these terms and conditions really all that unreasonable?I don't think they are at all.
If every software producer treated their customers' computers and data asthough their products are in fact guests in the computer, then I firmlybelieve we'd have far fewer security problems.
For starters, Sony BMG would never have considered using ''rootkit''technologies to hide its code. Better still, software developers wouldconsider these terms as they're designing their software, which is likelyto have precluded Microsoft's design flaw in its WMF code. (Executablecode would never have been allowed to be transmitted and run via anarbitrary image file.)
Since we're pretty much forced to live with the vendors' EULAs, then theyshould have to live with ours. I'm reminded of Arlo Guthrie's Alice'sRestaurant. If just one of us takes this letter to our softwarevendors, they'll think he's nuts. But if we all do it, then they may justthink it's some kind of movement. (With due apologies to Arlo...)
I, for one, think it's about time we stand up for our software consumerrights!