Sherlock: alarm to resize
- That Sherlock steals mail addresses seems to me a risky statement. It is expected that an anonymous ftp user, who I presume is the protocol used by Sherlock to download the update, sends your e-mail as a password. Probably Apple has "stupidly" complied with this convention, without taking into account that the user may not want to send such information. At this point even Netscape steals e-mails, or at least it did until some version ago (I don't know now). In fact, e-mail hunters used to put images that the client accessed via ftp on websites, so that the unsuspecting navigator would give their e-mail to the offending site without knowing it. The problem is not in sherlock but in the changed conditions of the network. Once everything moved according to a collaborative and open spirit. Now, security and privacy issues are more felt, so the user and developers should be more careful in managing personal information. I wouldn't worry about Sherlock, since the mail address ends up in Apple's servers, probably recorded in some log file. If we don't trust the apple … we could request a confidentiality commitment 😉 "
In this regard we add that Sherlock sends the user's e-mail not only to Apple but also to sites that also deal with e-commerce, auctions and other aspects of the Internet business. For this reason it would be good in particular to protect unsuspecting users from scoundrels and spammers, to offer the possibility of disabling the sending of "real" email using a clear user interface. As Fabrizio reminds us, the times when everything on the Internet or almost everything was moved "based on a collaborative and open spirit" ended …