iStatPro security risk?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by pinsrw, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. pinsrw macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    I installed the free gadget iStatPro and unfortunately I noticed that for some reason it keeps a connection open to a server at Bjango.com.

    Does anybody know why it does this and/or what data is being transferred?

    Can gadgets be used to spy on people? What security is there to prevent the authors of iStatPro from hacking into my computer? I ask because I've also noticed that ssh-agent occasionally runs but not always.

    Also, where is gadget code stored in the file system and what language(s) are they generally written in?

    Thanks.
     
  2. aarond12 macrumors 65816

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  3. pinsrw thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, the program that is acting like spyware is iStatPro, which I installed on my MBP.
    I don't even own an iPhone.
     
  4. xStep macrumors 68000

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    Send the company an e-mail and ask why it is doing that.
     
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's probably checking for updates. Almost every program allows for automatic checking for updates these days, including OS X.
     
  6. Goride macrumors newbie

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    I was going to say the same thing.

    You should check to see if you have "check for updates" turned on.
     
  7. xStep macrumors 68000

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    I was thinking the same thing, except the OP said "it keeps a connection open". There is no reason to do that for an action that should occur occasionally. I'd consider that broken.
     
  8. Patrick J macrumors 65816

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    As mentioned above, the company should explain if you send an email.
     

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