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10.4: Prevent 10.4.7 from checking for Widget updates
Authored by: Bwana on Jul 07, '06 08:06:32AM

Why disable something which by design protects you from malicious widgets and alerts you to outdated ones? Wouldn't it make more sense to simply disable dashboard altogether?

Also, surely a network of any size have the facility in place to cache those web pages.

I feel disabling the feature has the potential to do more harm than leaving it running.

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Apple's reply
Authored by: simbalala on Jul 07, '06 09:20:36AM
The Dashboard Advisory feature is a security tool that ensures that the correct version of a widget has been downloaded from a third-party site and no personal information is transmitted back to Apple," the company said in a statement. Dashboard Advisory looks at just widgets, not the rest of the operating system. Widgets available on Apple's Downloads page are actually hosted by the companies that developed the widgets, not Apple. The verification feature is designed to ensure that the widget advertised on Apple's Download page is the same widget that gets installed on a Mac, or to prevent someone from spoofing a link to trick a user into downloading a different program.

It does seem to be a reasonable and useful feature for most people.

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