To protect users against exploits and malicious messages, worms and fake sites that are spreading through their messenger service – Windows Live Messenger (formerly known as MSN Messenger), Microsoft, according to communications director of MSN Sweden, Jessica BÃ¶rjel, will block URLs and file name references.
That’s great. Sort of. To the paranoid people, this is bad, as Microsoft will be automatically monitor any conversation and block certain messages, what prevents them from eavesdropping now? But personally, what’s new about that? Filtering, monitoring conversations, eavesdropping in today’s technological world? C’mon, it’s everywhere, even SMS or text messages we send to our contacts can be read and passed on to third parties like the government.
Here’s my only suggestion: provide an advanced setting for people who have brains and aren’t stupid to open/click URLs that appears from Instant Messengers, to bypass such security settings. Heck, I for one was able to keep my PC virus/worm/trojan, whatever-free without running any anti-virus applications for 6-months, and there are a lot of people out there who can do better than me. Just add that feature or we will go use other Instant Messengers instead.
And I just remembered, this will be a problem for Korea, as most game developers in that country use Windows Live Messenger (formerly MSN Messenger) as their mode communication between their company and their clients overseas.