In two different trade magazine recently, I've read a few things about
Netscape's Navigator that made me go "Hmm?".
The first was the CEO of Netscape saying something to the effect that
"..we know how many people are using our browsers because every time
you access a site, a message is set to one of our servers telling us
what version you have, if it's a trial beta or registered, etc".
I havent had a chance to run a packet trace on it yet, but does anyone
know if this is true?
Next, there is a company that is now marketing a program that goes
beyond recording hits on a Web page from just counting IP addresses.
It apparently uses "Netscape function calls" to obtain user info,
even if that user is behind a firewall or a proxy. My guess
is that it could pull your e-mail address from the Mail: setup fields,
but what else could it possibly do? (OK, sure, there are many things
that it *could* do, but what does it currently offer up as free info
to anyone who asks the right question?)
Just another paranoid firewall admin...
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