Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Beware of 5-star software ratings

There are so many sites that allow downloading and rating software; you have to find the few that you can trust and use those.  And use multiple sources of information to validate the ratings. 

Beware of Five-Star Vaporware - Security Fix
U.K. computer programmer Andy Brice was proud of the awards and accolades his software had won from his peers online. That is, until he noticed that pretty much everyone else's software received the same "5-star" rating and high praise from various software directories and download sites.

Curious about just how thorough the sites are at reviewing software, Brice submitted a fake program that did absolutely nothing.

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