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Keywords Analyzer - Warning

"feature" might give the developers your google adwords account info

     
3:47 am on Jun 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I wanted to bring this issue up with other customers of the Keywords Analyzer program.

There is a "Google Related Terms" search function built into Keywords Analyzer. In the options, it says in order for this feature to work, you have to type in your Google Adwords account username and password into the program.

I did so.

Then, the next time I started up the program, my software firewalls told me Keywords Analyzer was about to send data over the internet(even before I tried any keyword research!), and the firewalls asked if I wanted to authorize the action. I said yes, thinking nothing of it.

Well, seeing as the serial code has to authenticate when you run the program... what's keeping the authors of this program from harvesting your Google Adwords account data after you type it into the program, and spying inside your Google Adwords account?

I've since changed my Google Adwords account password, and mysteriously - the "Google Related Terms" search still functions fine.

This is a warning to everyone that uses Keywords Analyzer - sure, you might be getting a good keyword research tool, but you could be letting the authors of the program into your Google Adwords account also!

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3:53 am on June 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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That can easily be traced with SocketSpy or SocketBench programs. They basically monitor all the TCP/IP traffic. So if you are unsure, turn on the socket program and they keyword analyzer and see where the data goes.
3:01 pm on June 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have used Keywords Analyzer since its beginning and as an affiliate for the software, I have had the opportunity to chat with Chris Lee, the fellow who does the marketing for the software and Goran Nagy, the programmer who developed Keywords Analyzer. I have found both of these individuals to be very forthright and helpful in all of my conversations with them.

While it is true that revealing your AdWords information this way does provide the software's authors with the ability to perform some malicious activity, I for one have the level of trust for these fellows that I'm not concerned with this possibility at all.

Just my $0.02

John

7:33 pm on June 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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it would probably be better to use an import feature where you were not passing those details.

however the data is passed through keyword analyzer or whatever that might give sketchy third parties another chance to intercept the login or whatever.

that puts the software provider in a sticky spot.