Policy Management Gets Richer From Virus to Spam to Spyware

With virus control, policies are simple. Basically, you catch a virus, you stop it, with a few extra options. With spam, it gets more complex. One man's spam is another's delicate repast. You need to tailor the definition of what happens to a user's own preferences.

With spyware and adware, policy definition has to get substantially more granular. For example, it may be perfectly okay that for certain users, a favored vendor's website gathers all sorts of information about purchase preferences (cf Amazon). Or that in return for free use of a product, users get to be presented with advertisements (cf, AOL's instant messaging client).

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  1. Posted February 6, 2005 at 11:14 PM | Permalink


    YOu note “One man’s spam is another’s delicate repast.”. I’ve argued this in the past, as one of the real difficulties of filtering spam.

    I’m not sure this is the case (or at least it is a very very rare situation). I’d find it hard to believe that ANYONE is genuinely interested in the stuff that comes at me day after day.

    Some might choose to read it if unawaer of what it is, but this is a long way from a delicate repast.


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