Update: Digsby is updating their installer today (http://blog.digsby.com/archives/693) to make Plura more apparent to users.

We would like all Digsby users to know that we are currently talking to and working with the Digsby team to change the way Plura is integrated with their application. We have been informed by Digsby that Plura will become “opt-out” during installation, rather than being enabled by default.

We support this method of asking users to integrate with Plura and encourage all affiliates to use it. We are always fully committed to keeping people’s computers safe and secure, and hope to deliver on this commitment with this issue.


4 Responses to “Digsby”

  1. 1 Michael August 17, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Today I found digby updated with a new skin, and I checked out the preferences and found the research module enabled by default. As I’ve been rolling forward with the auto updates for over a year, I never opted into it.

    As your third-party module has been installed on my machine, I think it would be a good idea if you did a blog post about the specific technology you are bundling with digsby.

    Things I’d like to know for instance are if it is deploying a binary to my machine or using an embedded browser to load a remote page with the java applet, if the processing module runs as the local user account or sandboxed java, if remote bytcode can be executed and what you’re doing to make it secure, and how the update stack is managed (if updates are needed, if you hop along with peroidic digsby updates, or if you fetch updates out-of-band yourself), etc…

    This kind of information would help me understand what’s going on.


  2. 2 Ducky August 19, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    You can take your “research” and shove it. You helped kill Digsby and I hope your “organization” suffers the same fate Digsby will meet.

    How you can consciously have a 3rd party use users’ CPUs without consent so you can surf the web is beyond me.

  3. 3 Plura Support August 19, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    @Ducky: Digsby is currently in the process of moving to a new installer, which will make Plura immediately visible to users. While Plura is mostly used for for-profit applications, we have also used it for research and academic purposes, and continue to look for research groups that would like to benefit from Plura.

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