Friday, October 29, 2004

Google Desktop Search Technology

Recently www.google.com released a program that allows a user to easily search their hard drive in the same way they search the internet. The program categlogs everything on the computer from files, pictures, saved e-mails and even IM conversations. The program continually builds an index of a computer's hard drive to allow for updated and timely functionality. Google claims that "Desktop Search puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organize your files, emails, and bookmarks". The release is only a beta version, but it is the latest in google-based software that has been marketing since they company went public in August.

There are a number of privacy concerns about this new software. It is not offer good support for computers in a shared user environment, where people come and go. It would allow users instantly to discover information about past users of that machine. Some public libraries and internet cafes have discovered this potential security threat, and are not permitting installations of this software to protect their customers. The software allows for instant searching, that information can now be exploited in a matter of seconds, which is a major jump forward in technology compared to the built in windows search function. You can follow some of the news on this software and read more about it at the following links:

1.) http://desktop.google.com
2.) http://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/article.php/3421621

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