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3rd Party Widgets: Conveinence Over Security?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ceruleancircuitz, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. ceruleancircuitz

    ceruleancircuitz Newbie

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    Greetings!

    Recently I downloaded a digital clock widget that runs on a third party xwidget platform (xwidgetDOTcom) and then downloaded a third party digital clock widget (wwwDOTthecustomizewindowsDOTcom/2012/06/dark-flipping-clock-widget/). In addition, the xwidget application came with all sorts of desktop widgets that show the current IP address, internet outgoing and incoming traffic, CPU use, streamlined access to system folders, and many other stylish and convenient widgets.

    However, I recall Microsoft had issued a warning on third party "gadgets" that said unverified "gadgets" might compromise system security because they could potentially run malicious code. From your experience, would you recommend running third party widgets and "gadgets," and if so what are some of the best practices running them (e.g., specific firewall settings)?

    Current System Configuration:
    Windows 7 Ultimate
    KIS 2012
    Xwidget 1.7.3


    Thanks for any help you can offer!

    Best,
    Ceruleancircuitz
     
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    ceruleancircuitz Newbie

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    back to the top to get to the bottom of this