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Metadata scare..
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Mike's 'unwanted additions' warning service..

ATI graphics drivers for HD5000 and better will install an exceedingly annoying game enhancement addon called Raptr UNLESS you take the custom install route and UNCHECK it

Foxit Reader (good) is currently attaching Search Protect by Conduit (not good). Uncheck the option because it is a pest.

Java (marginal, but a necessary evil for far too many things) is attaching the Ask Toolbar and associated junk. Uncheck it if you value decent Internet searches.. . 

ImgBurn (Good), but you have to be on your toes to stop the unwanted stuff. Basically, uncheck anything that isn't for ImgBurn, and go for the custom install each time that it is offered to you to ensure that you get to uncheck and skip the junk.. 

A commonly held 'view.. '

 "Well, it worked in Windows 95!"

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My Favourite Utilities

Speedfan is a great hardware monitor which can automatically control fan speeds, warn when temperatures are rising in the case, and do a SMART scan of your hard drives. A 'must have'.. http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php 

Piriform Speccy tells you what is inside the box and with great accuracy.. http://www.piriform.com/speccy

Networx shows download/upload bandwidth used.. http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/

Piriform Recuva is probably the best file recovery utility around and is free too.. http://www.piriform.com/recuva 

Treesize shows you what you have got, where it is, and how much space it is all using.. http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml

Windows 8 alternative start menus.. Classic Shell.. http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

Stardock Start8.. http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

Aomei Partition Assistant is the best free utility of its type..   http://www.aomeitech.com/aomei-partition-assistant.html

Syndication

Have you heard about this utility?

Document Metadata Cleaner.. http://www.pointstone.com/products/metadata-cleaner/

A quote..

Whenever you create, open, or save a document in Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint, that document may store information (known as metadata) that you had no intention of including or disclosing.

Metadata information that can be stored on your documents:

  • Your name
  • Your initials
  • Your company or organization name
  • The name of your computer
  • The name of the network server or hard disk where you saved the document
  • The names of previous document authors
  • Document revisions
  • Document versions
  • Hidden text or cells
  • Comments

Wow.. all that info gets transmitted with each document? I must install this software and see just what I am unwittingly giving away.

What an anti-climax!! I am giving away my name, the name of the document, the length of time that I had it open originally, and the date that it was saved or last edited.

Golly gee whiz!!

Why would I care about it? If I was to worry about the metadata, maybe I shouldn’t be sending the content of the document either.

In any case, Microsoft Office allows the removal or inclusion of metadata. This is the link for Office 2003, but the same applies to later Office versions too.. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/825576

Maybe I am just NOT the paranoiac type. Should I be?


Posted Wed, Feb 13 2013 16:02 by Mike Hall
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