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  Your Business Vulnerable to-Dependent On Online Apps and Content? 
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john albrich Dec 11, 2011, 07:49pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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While this really should not be a surprise it still may shock more and more people as we become increasingly dependent on "apps", online media/content sources, and more frequently "connection-dependent" highly "supervised" devices (tablets, smartphones, etc).

By the way, this subject pretty much applies to ANY online Intellectual Property product you "buy" and/or give to someone as a gift, including eBooks, songs, movies, etc. and it isn't limited to Microsoft. (note: I've provided prior warnings on HWA (and other sites) about this type of vulnerability). You don't actually "buy" the buy a LIMITED license to use something, and that license, probably 99.9999% of the time, is written so that it can be withdrawn at ANY time for ANY reason (including sale of the company that provided an app or content). One example: if your business relies to any degree on "apps" such an action could literally put your business flat on its back without warning and there would be nothing you could do about it. I sincerely hope your disaster recovery plan covers such things.
Microsoft Can Remotely Kill Purchased Apps
As noted by Computerworld, Microsoft's terms of service for the Windows store will technically allow the company to cut off access to apps, even if the user purchased them.

"Some apps may also stop working if you update or change your Windows 8 Beta device, or if you attempt to use those apps on a Windows 8 Beta device with different features or processor type. You are responsible for backing up the data that you store in apps that you acquire via the Windows Store, including content you upload using those apps. If the Windows Store, an app, or any content is changed or discontinued, your data could be deleted or you may not be able to retrieve data you have stored. We have no obligation to return data to you. If sign in information OR other data is stored with an expiration date, we may also delete the data as of that date."

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john albrich Dec 12, 2011, 04:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Congress Pushing Website Kill-switch Legislation
Another "If your business depends on a content provider (either apps or your own data)..." major security concern. The ability of the government to shut down websites based on a mere single ALLEGATION that copyright infringement is "being facilitated" could literally destroy your business. Think about the impact to your business if you rely on a 3rd party media hosting website to process orders, provide videos or images, manuals/tutorials, news, etc to your customers, clients, or employees...and that website is summarily shutdown without warning because someone ALLEGES copyright infringement is taking place somewhere on that website.

Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA)
House version, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)
Any website that features user-generated content or that enables cloud-based data storage could end up in its crosshairs,” writes David Sohn, senior policy council at the Center on Democracy and Technology.

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Meats_Of_Evil Dec 12, 2011, 06:31pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Your Business Vulnerable to-Dependent On Online Apps and Content?
Holy crap John! I hate how Microsoft have gone all Apple on us. They're intending to keep Windows 8 like a close controlled environment. Screw that, I'm happy with Windows 7.

Everything I write is Sarcasm.
john albrich Apr 12, 2012, 03:57pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Your Business Vulnerable to-Dependent On Online Apps and Content?
In addition to SOPA and PIPA, we can now add CISPA to the list of too easily abusable non-due-process privacy-obliterating legislation.

The Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act was introduced in the House in Nov. 2011 and now has more than 100 co-sponsors.

CISPA...“provide for the sharing of certain cyber threat intelligence and cyber threat information between the intelligence community and cybersecurity entities, and for OTHER purposes.”

Keep that "OTHER purposes" in mind as your read Zuckerberg's justification for supporting CISPA to improve "cybersecurity". By definition Zuckerberg must support those "OTHER purposes" if he supports CISPA. The relevant section of Zuckerberg's letter of support of CISPA is included near the end of the article.

This is an era in which our legislators don't even read the bills they pass, and worse yet many members don't even care when a law is unconstitutional and don't care about their oath to "...I will bear true faith and allegiance to the (US Constitution)...."* (and by extension the Rights of the Person and States),

Read this article VERY thoroughly and VERY carefully.
After denouncing SOPA and PIPA, how can Facebook support CISPA?
By Emil Protalinski | April 12, 2012, 8:07am PDT
Summary: Facebook did not support the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) nor the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), but it does support the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). Here’s why.

*I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

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