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Friday, January 13, 2006

Anti-Spyware Coalition publishes spyware guidelines

The ASC, a group dedicated into building a consensus about definitions and best practices surrounding spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies, published today a set of guidelines to help define what spywares are all about.

Composed of anti-spyware software companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, McAfee, Symantec, Adaware, and numerous others, the ASC seeks to bring together a diverse array of perspective on the problem of controlling spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies.

These guidelines are divided into five parts:

  • A set of definitions describing the various forms of spyware
  • A glossary, to explain the terminology used in the anti-spyware industry
  • Some instructions to help vendors who are accused of distributing spyware to clear their name
  • Anti-Spyware safety Tips for consumers
  • The Risk Model Description, a document built on the four other ones, which classify spywares into different threat levels: low, medium and high.

Will this initiative help to bring us into a safer online world? Let's wait and see.


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