Let EULAlyzer Analyze Your EULAs For Free

crazy-eye-glasses-4 Several months ago I recommended a free virtualization application, MojoPac Freedom, to a friend, one that he could make great use of on his Flash Drive.

I was surprised to hear from him a few days later that he had reservations about this program.

He had read through the End User License Agreement, the EULA, and discovered that this particular application was set up to allow MojoPac to monitor his online activities and to send advertising to the host desktop.

Of course, I was embarrassed since I had recommended this software without having read the EULA as carefully as I had convinced myself that I had. It was then that I realized, my practice of just reading the highlights of a EULA was a very dangerous practice.

I get pretty bored when reading EULA text; especially since I’m forced to read reams of small text, in a small window which requires me to scroll continuously.

I suspect that I’m not alone in this and that many people just skim over the text, or don’t bother reading the EULA at all. The downside risk in not reading the EULA carefully is we may have let ourselves in for some unwelcome, and potentially dangerous surprises.

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One of the most important aspects of any software license agreement is the information it provides concerning the intentions of the software, and whether there are additional components bundled with the main application.

Additional components that could potentially displays pop-up ads, transmit personal identifiable information, or use unique tracking identifiers much like the bundled components in the software I had recommended to my friend.

EULAlyzer, a free application from Javacool Software, the SpywareBlaster folks, can make reading and analyzing license agreements, while not a pleasure, at least not as painful. The application quickly scans a EULA and points out words, statements, and phrases that you need to closely consider.

Working similar to an anti-spyware program, EULAlyzer flags suspicious wording on a scale of 1 to 10 based on how critical the disclosed information can be to your security.

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If you, like me, download frequently then you need to read any software license agreement carefully. I certainly have changed my habits! However, EULAlyzer will make it easier for you to focus on the important aspects of the agreement.

There is no doubt that we could all use a little help in working our way through these wordy, but necessary agreements.

Fast facts:

Discover potentially hidden behavior about the software you’re going to install

Pick up on things you missed when reading license agreements

Keep a saved database of the license agreements you view

Instant results – super-fast analysis in just a second

Download at: Download.com

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4 responses to “Let EULAlyzer Analyze Your EULAs For Free

  1. jowazzoo

    EULAs are not the only thing that people do not read. Another is Terms of Service (TOS) :-)). In many ways these are not as bad as they were in the Good Olde Dayz, but one does need to pay attention – particularly when signing up with a new ISP.

    Bill, glad you posted this as it rattled my cage – I have been meaning to try this for a long time but never found the round toit. I just did.

    I myself (really – I know it is hard to believe) have been burned a time or two when I did the old instinctive click but don’t read. The culprits that have affected me most are stoopid tool bar helpers or other nasties that run in the back ground – phone home types, etc.

    Cheers.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Jo,

      Like you, I have been burned a few times as well. You mention “toolbars” and
      I must agree, this is one class that is sneaky and insidious. How many
      toolbars do these folks think we need? Gotta admit though, I’ve seen as many
      as 20+ toolbars on machines – sloooooow machines!!

      Bill

  2. JoWazzoo

    OT :-))

    “Gotta admit though, I’ve seen as many
    as 20+ toolbars on machines – sloooooow machines!!”

    Gack!!! Yeah – I cannot handle more than 3 levels.

    And speaking of lotsa & slowwwwwww – how bout you look at the lower right of their screen and the icons are marching to the left all the way past mid-scream. heh.

    Now back on-topic, a lot of that crud-wear (BHOs, toolbars, tray icons AND the associated junk) gets installed because folks don’t read the EULA.

    best regards.