Magazine article Computers in Libraries

The in Box

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

The in Box

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Spyware Gets Exposed

Dear Authors,

Thank you for your timely article on spyware, which appeared in the May issue of Computers in Libraries ["Uncovering the Spy Network," May 2003, pp. 16-21]. I'm going to circulate it to all of our professional staff, because it certainly raises a number of serious issues of concern to all of us.

We installed "spybot" on our library computers some weeks ago and were astounded at the amount of junk that had been installed unknowingly on our public access Internet computers. Staff computers were a little cleaner, but still we found spyware on every computer we looked at. Our network sits behind a high-end firewall, and we have worked to lock down our public computers, but this spyware sails through anyway. You've done all of us a service by writing this article.

Thank you again for your work on this.


Jane Ratner

Systems Administrator

Willard Public Library

Battle Creek, Michigan

Dear Editor,

My co-author, Mary Mead, and I have received a lot of positive feedback about the article on spy ware that we wrote for the May issue ["Uncovering the Spy Network," May 2003, pp. 16-21], and I wanted to share some additional steps that systems administrators can take to secure their library systems from attack. …

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