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EULAlyzer – A Free Tool To Help “Uncomplicate” End User License Agreements

imageI’ve always considered that reading a EULA (End User License Agreement), is sort of like reading the phone book; and who reads a phone book?

I must admit that I get bored and distracted 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, I’m not alone in this, and that most people just skim over the text; or more to the point – don’t bother reading the EULA at all.

However, there’s a downside risk in not reading the EULA carefully. By not reading the EULA carefully, we may let ourselves in for some unwelcome, annoying, and potentially dangerous surprises.

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 display pop-up ads, transmit personal identifiable information back to the developer, or use unique tracking identifiers.

Not all software applications contain these additional components of course, but you need to be aware of those that do when you are considering installing an application.

Software developers who choose to employ these tools (to gather information for example), are generally not underhanded, and in most cases there is full disclosure of their intent contained in the EULA. But here’s the rub – virtually no one reads EULAs.

EULAlyzer, a free application from BrightFort (formerly: Javacool Software), the SpywareBlaster developer, can make reading and analyzing license agreements, while not a pleasure, at least not as painful.

This free application quickly scans a EULA, and points out words, statements, and phrases, that you need to consider carefully. Results are rated by “Interest Level” and organized by category, so it’s easy to zero-in on the issue that concern you the most.

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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, or privacy.

Let’s take a look at the license agreement for Piriform’s CCleaner.

You’ll note that there three areas of limited concern that have been flagged – as shown in the screen shot, below. Clicking on “Goto” icon will expand the related wording.

I’m very familiar with Piriform’s freeware applications – nevertheless, as is my habit, I read the EULA carefully.

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Let’s take a look at the license agreement for GOM Audio Player.

Again, EULAlyzer has flagged a number of issues – but, in this case, these are issues that I considered very carefully before installation this application.

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If you, like me, download freeware frequently, then you need to read the software license agreement carefully. 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. The reality is, all software EULAs should be read carefully.

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.

EULAlyzer makes it simple to instantly identify highly interesting and important parts of license agreements, privacy policies, and other similar documents, including language that deals with:

Advertising

Tracking

Data Collection

Privacy-Related Concerns

Installation of Third-Party or Additional Software

Inclusion of External Agreements By Reference

Potentially Suspicious Clauses

and, much more…

System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8.

Download at: Major Geeks

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Download EULAlyzer And Take The Pain Out Of Reading End User License Agreements

This past week I had the opportunity to address a group of typical computer users, and as I normally do, when I get the opportunity to so, I polled this group on their personal computing habits. On this occasion, I focused in on that dreaded beast – the End User License Agreement.

There were no surprises since the last time I polled this issue – most users, it seems, continue to dismiss the idea that reading an End User License Agreement is important.

But, experienced users know better – there’s a downside risk in not reading the EULA carefully. By not reading the EULA carefully, users may let ourselves in for some unwelcome, annoying, and potentially dangerous surprises.

I’ve covered this issue here in the past, but it looks like it’s time to roll out a previous article posted on March 17, 2010, on the realities of EULAs, and why it’s important to understand the conditions disclosed in EULAs.

March 17, 2010

image I’ve always considered that reading a Eula (End User License Agreement), sort of like reading the phone book; and who reads a phone book?

Without a doubt, 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, I’m not alone in this, and that most people just skim over the text; or don’t bother reading the EULA at all.

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 display pop-up ads, transmit personal identifiable information back to the developer, or use unique tracking identifiers.

Not all software applications contain these additional components of course, but you need to be aware of those that do when you are considering installing an application.

Software developers who choose to employ these tools, to gather information, are generally not underhanded, and in most cases there is full disclosure of their intent contained in the EULA – the end user license agreement. But here’s the rub – virtually no one reads EULAS.

If you are a Digsby user for example, and you haven’t read the EULA, then you are likely unaware that Digsby has the right to use YOUR computer for its OWN purposes.

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

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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, or privacy.

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If you, like me, download freeware frequently, then you need to read the software license agreement carefully. 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. The reality is, all software EULAs should be read carefully.

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.

Knowledge is Power and EULAlyzer makes it simple to instantly identify highly interesting and important parts of license agreements, privacy policies, and other similar documents, including language that deals with:

Advertising

Tracking

Data Collection

Privacy-Related Concerns

Installation of Third-Party or Additional Software

Inclusion of External Agreements By Reference

Potentially Suspicious Clauses

and much more…

Results are rated by “Interest Level” and organized by category, so it’s easy to zero-in on the facets that concern you the most.

System requirements: Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Win 7 ( x64 compatible).

Download at: Download.com

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Download EULAlyzer – Let it Read the EULA for You

image I’ve always considered that reading a Eula (End User License Agreement), as akin to reading the phone book; and who reads a phone book?

Without a doubt, 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, I’m not alone in this, and that most people just skim over the text; or don’t bother reading the EULA at all.

However, there’s a downside risk in not reading the EULA carefully. By not reading the EULA carefully, we may let ourselves in for some unwelcome, annoying, and potentially dangerous surprises.

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 display pop-up ads, transmit personal identifiable information back to the developer, or use unique tracking identifiers.

Not all software applications contain these additional components of course, but you need to be aware of those that do when you are considering installing an application.

Software developers who choose to employ these tools, to gather information, are generally not underhanded, and in most cases there is full disclosure of their intent contained in the EULA – the end user license agreement. But here’s the rub – virtually no one reads EULAS.

If you are a Digsby user for example, and you haven’t read the EULA, then you are likely unaware that Digsby has the right to use YOUR computer for its OWN purposes.

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

image

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, or privacy.

image

If you, like me, download freeware frequently, then you need to read the software license agreement carefully. 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. The reality is, all software EULAs should be read carefully.

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.

Knowledge is Power EULAlyzer makes it simple to instantly identify highly interesting and important parts of license agreements, privacy policies, and other similar documents, including language that deals with:

Advertising

Tracking

Data Collection

Privacy-Related Concerns

Installation of Third-Party or Additional Software

Inclusion of External Agreements By Reference

Potentially Suspicious Clauses

and much more…

Results are rated by “Interest Level” and organized by category, so it’s easy to zero-in on the facets that concern you the most.

System requirements: Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Win 7 ( x64 compatible).

Download at: Download.com

If you found this article useful, why not subscribe to this Blog via RSS, or email? It’s easy; just click on this link and you’ll never miss another Tech Thoughts article.

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The Danger in Not Reading EULAS

crazy-eye-glasses-4Earlier this month, friend and fellow tech blogger, Rick Robinette, posted an excellent article on Internet privacy “Once It Is Out There, It Is Out There”, in which he warned readers of the need to “heighten your awareness about your identity and privacy; AND to make you think about what information you are giving away about yourself”. I encouraged you to read this article.

One tool that is used for information collection, often overlooked by computer users, is the additional components that can be bundled with “free” software. Often, the additional components are designed to transmit personal identifiable information back to the developer, or will use unique tracking identifiers to track users as they surf the Internet.

Not all free software applications contain these additional components of course, but you need to be aware of those that do when you are considering installing an application.

Software developers who choose to employ these tools to gather information are generally not underhanded, and in most cases there is full disclosure of their intent contained in the EULA – the end user license agreement.

But here’s the rub – virtually no one reads EULAS. I have to admit, 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.

EULAlyzer 2

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, and as described earlier, transmit personal identifiable information, or use unique tracking identifiers.

For example, Digsby the popular instant messenger client has the right to use YOUR computer for its OWN purposes.

Digsby 2

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. This free application quickly scans a EULA and points out words, statements, and phrases that you need to consider closely.

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.

EULAlyzer 3

If you, like me, download freeware frequently, then you need to read the software license agreement carefully. 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. The reality is, ALL software EULAs should be read carefully.

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

System requirements: Windows 2003, Vista, 2000, XP

Download at: Javacool Software

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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.

EULAlyzer 2

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.

EULAlyzer 3

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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Analyze Information in EULAs – Get EULAlyzer – Free

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 that 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.

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, 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.

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.

Quick 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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