"josie k" <calliandra722.RemoveThis@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
> In the past few hours I keep getting a sort of drifting pop telling
> that McAfee Site Advisor (which I have and which is in action every
> time I open IE - find it seemingly quite useful) has "changed its
> but to the effect that will be sending information about my PC. Is
> this kosher, so to speak? There is an 'OK' box to click, but so far
> have been closing the popup without clicking the OK box. Could it be
> anything sinister? A trojan or something? I can't find any
> references to such a message searching via Google.
I'm using the non-Plus (freebie) version. Haven't seen this message.
In the SiteAdvisor toolbar, click on the button and select About where
SiteAdvisor product collects personally identifiable information such
as name, e-mail, and your organization/company when you register as a
user of our products, sign up for one of our newsletters, or register
online with us to leave feedback about our products or our Web site
ratings." So when you registered to get SiteAdvisor, you gave them
some info. If you choose to actually participate and add a review of
a site (obviously this is highly biased to users that want to write
bad reviews for phish, scam, or malware sites) then you gave them some
information. Using them just to get their details on a site also
gives them information but they promise it will be non-personal info
for their statistics.
"From time to time We may offer users the opportunity to participate
in optional product improvement programs, contests or other
promotional programs at the explicit agreement of each user. We will
explain how information is collected and used in each of these
optional programs as they are announced." Maybe that's what you saw.
Hard to tell since even you are not sure what it was that you saw.
Because you are using SiteAdvisor, it obviously has to see where you
navigated and any search engine results so it can provide you with the
details they have on that site. This is very much like Google's Page
Rank and Page Info features. If you use SiteAdvisor, Google's
advanced options, or IE's phish filter, then you agree to let them see
wherever you navigate or search. To many, this is too much invasion
of their privacy. Promises to not collect personally identifiable
information is, well, just a promise. On history once past can
determine if the promise was kept.