Digital Minefield

Why The Machines Are Winning

Who’s Using Your Machine?

Software makers assume two things. One is that you’re connected 24/7 to the Internet. With broadband. The other is since computers are so fast, software makers feel free to utilize your connection for their needs at any time. Those needs invariably include checking their website to see if their software is up-to-date on your computer. No biggie, you say? Yeah, well, think about this: how many programs are doing this—and how often? But I have another question: why do they have to interrupt what you’re doing to play their little connection game? Can’t they see (i.e., keyboard and mouse activity) that you’re busy? And finally this question: what else might they be doing with your computer that you don’t see?


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