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Windows Vista® Inside Out Deluxe Edition by Craig Stinson, Carl Siechert, Ed Bott

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Security and Privacy Issues

Like all internet-enabled applications, Windows Media Player creates a two-way channel between your computer and an ocean of content. Clicking on a link to a media file can take you to a trusted site or a viper’s den. Known security holes in previous versions of Windows Media Player created the potential for an attacker to install a virus or Trojan horse program by exploiting the Player’s web-browsing capabilities. In addition, because the Player is capable of using the internet to download information about the content you watch or listen to, it raises worrisome privacy issues. Some privacy advocates, for instance, argue that the same connection that downloads information about a music track or DVD is also, at least ...

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