Desktop Search: Proceed With Caution
“Security experts are advising users of desktop search applications to evaluate the risks before downloading the freeware from Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc.”
“Google, for example, recently had to patch its desktop search application when researchers at Rice University in Houston discovered a bug that could let hackers secretly search the contents of a user's hard drive.”
"As a user of computers in the modern world, you have to pay attention to the news," Wallach said. "You're using a product that could have problems, and you need to be in a position to learn of these problems, when they occur."