Microsoft has urged caution for users sharing information over the Internet. A product called Netmeeting, bundled with Internet Explorer, allows users to share applications across both public and private networks. That means that people can collaborate on using different software, giving rise to fears that malicious users can save files to foreign users? hard drivers.
Martin Gregory, Internet platforms product manager at Microsoft UK, said: ?Collaboration means that users are informed of what is happening. If you collaborate you are still owner of the document.?
That meant, he said, that the user whose hard drive was the collabarative one could click in a window and resume control of the application, so preventing damage to hard drives. That, he said, was not as much a problem in Intranets as on public networks.
?The most active feedback we?ve had is in inside copies and those scenarios are addressed very well. On public Internets there?s room for people in black capes to drop in.? Any dangers, he said, depended upon the speed of the link. People with a slow modem could find themselves able to react less swiftly than marauders on fast links.
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