Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Google admits Desktop security risk

(ZDNet India)

Businesses have been warned by research company Gartner that the latest Google Desktop Beta has an "unacceptable security risk".

“Google Desktop allows indexing and searching of PCs' hard drives, and sharing of information through a feature called Search Across Computers. This enables users to search for information within a network such as an intranet.

The risk to enterprises, according to Gartner, lies in how this shared information is pooled by Google. The data is transferred to a remote server, where it is stored and can then be shared between users for up to 30 days.

Google told ZDNet UK on Monday that it recognized the risk, and recommended that companies take action.

"We recognize that this is a big issue for enterprise. Yes, it's a risk, and we understand that businesses may be concerned," said Andy Ku, European marketing manager for Google.”