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support
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Posted - August 18 2010 :  20:05:31  Show Profile  Visit support's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone,

I have posted a new blog post about a funky product I came across called TYNT that may be a very worthwhile addition to your site.

Read more at:
http://www.vpasp.com/blog/TYNT-Insight-Interesting-concept/

Thanks!

Cam Flanigan
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Steve2507
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Posted - August 19 2010 :  15:47:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like the look of this and will probably add it to one of our sites to test it out.

But....

I am a hugely sceptical person (a character flaw I know) and am trying to work out how Tynt make any profit from this.


Steve
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Steve2507
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Posted - August 19 2010 :  15:54:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Okay, answered my own question:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-19882_3-20011011-250.html

It definitely looks interesting and is about to be added to our main site.


Steve
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Edited by - Steve2507 on August 19 2010 15:57:08
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Steve2507
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Posted - August 19 2010 :  17:00:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Okay, quick update.

Added this to our main 4 sites. Will let you know how it goes.


Steve
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devshb
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Posted - August 19 2010 :  17:30:22  Show Profile  Visit devshb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Maybe I've misunderstood, but from what I can see it changes the way that your clipboard works, and that even when you're off the site in question it tracks what you're pasting, who you're pasting it to etc.

Anything that changes the way that my clipboard works and which has the technical capability to track everything I copy/paste is, to me, a very bad virus.

I can see how site owners would find the info useful, but unless I've misunderstood how it works it looks to me like this is essentially infecting your pc's clipboard with the equivalent of a key-logger.

Have I misunderstood, or is it really as terrifying as it looks?

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devshb
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Posted - August 19 2010 :  18:36:18  Show Profile  Visit devshb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It looks like tynt adds extra bits to what you copy from a website into your clipboard, so if you copy a chunk of text, it'll add something to the end of what you copied into your clipboard without even asking you, and could potentially be used to inject malicious code directly into your clipboard for usage when you paste again later.

Sorry, but I hate it with a passion, and I'm adding as many blockers as I can to stop it from functioning on my pc.

With a site-owner hat on I'd say it's very useful to track what your customers are looking at and copying.

With a user hat on I'd say it's a horrific invasion of my privacy, could potentially destroy my pc because of the nature of what it does, and I hope the inventors of it go bust because this is, basically, changing how your keyboard works without even asking you.

Simon Barnaby
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support
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Posted - August 20 2010 :  01:51:11  Show Profile  Visit support's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Simon,

I think you may be grabbing this one a bit hard to be honest but it is very interesting to get a completely different take on how I saw it.

The basic premise behind this feature is to auto add a link back to the site where text has been copied from.

For an ecommerce site that is I think a great feature as it allows customers to easily see a link back to your site or product.

I believe these guys are straight up and we will ourselves be adding it to our site however it does lead to an interesting branch off into security and how vulnerable your PC's can be to malicious code.

Most of us have seen the Gumblar virus doing the rounds which installs code on the victims pc from just veiwing an infected site.

Amazing to think that your pc can be changed so easily by just visiting a site.

I imagine if Tynt is frowned on enough the anti virus companies will add a block to their web security features.

And a timely reminder to all of us to make sure our anti virus software is up to date.

Thanks!

Cam Flanigan
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Steve2507
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Posted - August 20 2010 :  04:17:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can see Simons point, but before I added the code I did my research.

There are a number of big name sites using this and yes the big boys can get caught out at times, but I don't think sites such as the Sun, the New York Post would add anything to their site without a full and thorough test.

Anyway we may find no one copies anything from our sites and we remove the script in a few weeks.


Steve
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