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Description of Marketscore Spyware

Marketscore Sees All -- Even Your Secure Transactions

Marketscore can monitor and collect all data you enter or receive via your Internet connection -- from Web pages, e-mail, and instant messages. Marketscore can even read secure, encrypted (https) data, such as your user names and passwords, your banking and credit card information, and student or human resource information that you access for your personal use or to do your job at UM. Because it is so invasive, anti-spyware vendors categorize Marketscore as one of the most dangerous spyware programs.

Marketscore can monitor and collect all data you enter or receive via your Web browser --e-mail, instant messages, passwords and credit card numbers, all data from every Web page you access. Marketscore can even read secure, encrypted (https) data, such as student or human resource information that you access for your personal use or to do your job at UM, your user names and passwords, your banking and credit card information. Because it is so invasive, anti-spyware vendors categorize Marketscore as one of the most dangerous spyware programs.

How Marketcore Uses Your Data

Marketscore's Web site states that it "is a service of comScore Networks, Inc and assists comScore Networks in providing information on Internet trends and usage activity." Through comScore, Marketscore sells the data it collects from you to retailers and market researchers. Although Marketscore has a privacy policy, it states that it may change its policy at any time with no notification. People who sign up for this service must visit the Marketscore Web site to see if the policy has changed.

Can Marketscore Enhance Your Web Access?

As for Marketscore's claim that it speeds up your Internet access, the browser software on your computer can do that, and your requests don't have to pass through the Marketscore site before you view a page. Sam Curry, vice president of ETrust Security Management, said, "People who have installed the software complain to us that they're not getting any improvement."