Re: AOL user check (somewhat off topic)
by "Darrell King" <darrell(at)webctr.com>
||Sat, 20 May 2000 13:59:25 -0400
||"Richard Haskins" <goldwing(at)bikermail.com>,
Well, that certainly helps things. Since the machine is running an early
copy of Win95 on a P90, I imagine they will find me quite boring. I suppose
they could access our LAN, but I delete advertising email anyway...:).
----- Original Message -----
From: Richard Haskins <goldwing(at)bikermail.com>
To: <hwg-techniques(at)hwg.org>; <darrell(at)webctr.com>
Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2000 12:32 PM
Subject: AOL user check (somewhat off topic)
Those wonderful AOL "software upgrades" are actually a small agent on your
machine that scans the directories of your hard drive and reports your
directory structure to AOL.
AOL then sells this information to advertisers.
I once installed and unregistered copy of a database program on my machine.
No one knew I had it. AOL did one of their "software upgrades" and within 2
weeks I was getting offers my mail for add-ons and enhancements to my
>I get mysterious, automatic "updates" installed without asking everytime I
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