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180Solutions Joins COAST?!


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Posted 15 January 2005 - 03:15 AM

Company Joins Consortium to Ensure Highest Privacy and Consent Standards for Consumers Online
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Date : Friday - January 14, 2005



BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- 180solutions, a provider of search marketing solutions, today announced it has become a developer member of the Consortium of Anti-Spyware Technology vendors (COAST).

COAST (http://www.coast-info.org/) is a non-profit organization comprised of anti-spyware vendors, software developers and researchers who have come together in an effort to educate and protect consumers and businesses from the Internet's burgeoning spyware problem. By working with COAST and complying with its strict Code of Ethics, standards and guidelines, 180solutions aligns itself with the organization's governing companies, Aluria Software LLC, PestPatrol, Inc. (recently acquired by Computer Associates), Webroot, Inc., and NoAdware.net.


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Suzi:

WTF is COAST thinking??? I don’t get it, I really don’t. 180solutions is one of the most notorious and obnoxious adware/spyware companies out there. Read about nCase, installation problems, installation through security holes, with no EULA or prompts to install, difficulty with uninstalling, recruiting affiliates to bundle the software for payoffs per installation and recruiting advertisers by spam. (most links via Ben Edelman)

I have a question for Pest Patrol, (Computer Associates), Webroot Software (makers of Spy Sweeper), both highly regarded anti-spyware programs and recommended by Spyware Warrior’s Eric Howes. How can you justify admitting 180solutions into COAST when your very own software targets and removes it?

CastleCops is asking questions too. “Have they (180solutions) cleaned up their act?” “Is COAST creating a double standard?”

Something is VERY wrong with this picture.

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 02:46 AM

Suzi picked up on Wayne Porters article:

Wayne Porter of XBlock is asking To Coast or not To Coast.


Recently I wrote a piece called “Why We Don’t Do Adware” and now I find myself compelled to write again about “Why We Don’t Do COAST”. A few months ago we had the opportunity to join the group but after reading an article by Nicholas Stark, from LavaSoft and after reviewing the conduct of some of the members we decided to take a pass. It pained us to do so because we feel that the grass roots security movement really needs a collaborative organization sans dues to get together to discuss the complicated trends occurring in the malware space.

Wayne discusses COAST and its so-called code of ethics. This is an outstanding article and a must read if you are at all concerned about this sorry state of affairs.


Wayne Porter:

01.17.05

Recently I wrote a piece called “Why We Don’t Do Adware” and now I find myself compelled to write again about “Why We Don’t Do COAST”. A few months ago we had the opportunity to join the group but after reading an article by Nicholas Stark, from LavaSoft and after reviewing the conduct of some of the members we decided to take a pass. It pained us to do so because we feel that the grass roots security movement really needs a collaborative organization sans dues to get together to discuss the complicated trends occurring in the malware space.


What is COAST?

COAST is a non-profit organization comprised of anti-spyware vendors, software developers and researchers who have come together in an effort to educate and protect consumers and businesses from the Internet's burgeoning spyware problem. By working with COAST and complying with its strict Code of Ethics, standards and guidelines, 180solutions aligns itself with the organization's governing companies, Aluria Software LLC, PestPatrol, Inc. (recently acquired by Computer Associates), Webroot, Inc., and NoAdware.net


COAST has recently rised the ire of many activists because of the admission of 180 Solutions. There has been much documentation of conduct from 180 Solutions that makes my eyebrows rise at the very thought of a company like that being admitted into a coalition designed to protect and educate consumers. For the release

about 180 check out http://press.arrivenet.com/bus/article.php/561218.html Their conduct and the conduct of their affiliates has been less than stellar.


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