Badware Threat Changes Apple's Tune on Safari
In response to mounting criticism from security and privacy experts, Apple has changed the way its Software Update program pushes out the Safari Web browser to Windows users. But the changes may not go far enough for many people because the browser is still being disguised as a security update.
I have previously chided Apple for using security updates as a means to cajole users into paying for product upgrades for things like QuickTime Pro. But using applications designed for rolling out security updates to gain a foothold in the browser war strikes me as a foolhardy approach, one that is likely to discourage users from trusting Apple's update process going forward. That isn't good for Apple, and more importantly, it's a disservice to the end user.
April 23, 2008; 11:27 AM ET
Categories: From the Bunker , New Patches
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