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Be careful if you use Google Desktop

Be careful if you use Google Desktop

Researchers at Kaspersky Anti-Virus say not to turn on the Search Across Computers feature found within the latest release of Google Desktop. The feature, which ostensibly allows you to find documents on other computers, uploads copies of your Web history (from Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape, and Mozilla) as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, Adobe PDF files, and text files located in My Documents on the Google servers so that you can access them from anywhere. Kaspersky researchers note that these files are protected via your Google account, however, should that username and password fall into someone else's hands, they too could access your personal information. The feature Search Across Computers is not turned on by default. Kaspersky researchers and others recommend that the feature remain turned off.