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    I have an iMac at home running Leopard. I'm pretty security conscious and I feel very safe with my home computer.

    I'm wondering if people feel safe putting in their email passwords and such to images such as Leo4all? I know you can install LittleSnitch to check for any outbound connections, but I don't know if that'd be enough.

    Just curious.
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    Dude, chill out. The CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, and other forms of BS are not after you. Its your computer, your passwords aren't being sent to anyone besides the sites your putting them into, calm down...

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    I've always wondered if people feel safe using images they don't build themselves. They are very widespread on the Windows side of things. TinyXP and MicroXP (both by the same person) are two of my favorites. That's why I asked my question. Again, as I said above, I was just curious.

    Another curiosity strikes me: what indicates to you that I need to chill out? I re-read my post and I don't think it's the words I used. "Just curious" should indicate that this is just a personal curiosity of mine. It wasn't the title of the post either.

    You've taken the kindness to edit my title to show that I'm paranoid, and also mention the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, etc. I would calm down, as you suggest, but I don't know how to calm down any more. I could try to erase my curiosity, but that would defeat the purpose of having an open forum where people ask such questions.

    So, I'll brush aside your over-exuberant exaltation for me to chill out and try to continue with my original question. Hopefully someone else can pitch in, or perhaps read into it even more. I do quite enjoy when people extract fears of the CIA from words such as "Just curious." Can someone do better? Merely mentioning US government agencies is very narrow sighted, makes some poor assumptions, and indicates a lack of "life experience" on Colonels' side. I'll expect better from the next participants.


    Keyloggers and trojans are very common on the internet. Despite Colonels' sincerest hopes that no such password stealing programs exist, I've seen them myself, and I can also verify that many people have strong desires to get large collections of passwords. Otherwise keyloggers and trojans wouldn't exist, and wouldn't infect so many users.

    Given that keyloggers do exist, I'm wondering if there's any fear from users of these images? I've made & uploaded images myself (back when MS VPC was the only thing) and I just did it for the fun of it. I believe that's what others are doing too. But would you put your email account at risk for this belief? I don't think AV software is sophisticated enough on mac to detect a homegrown keylogger, but I could be wrong.

    What's missing here - that the Windows side has - is a third party source to verify that images are clean of any spyware, etc. The forum can do a decent job at this as long as 1. People actually scan their computers, and can see that a threat does exist beyond US government agencies, and 2. People are knowledgeable enough to perform such a scan, and will accurately indicate when they don't have such knowledge.

    Personally, I don't have the knowledge on Mac side to do a thorough scan myself.

 

 

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