The risk of phishing is reduced

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2008-03-24 Print this article Print

The six companies will exchange functionally-similar Contacts APIs so as to create a safe, secure two-way street for users to move their relationships between the respective services, Richards said.

"This partnership with five of the most popular social networks will make it easier, safer, and more secure for people to access their contacts and relationships from more places on the Web. These networks will be adopting the Windows Live Contacts API instead of -screen-scraping,' which puts customers at risk for phishing attacks, identity fraud, and spam," he said.

The APIs require an explicit delegation screen from, so the risk of user data getting phished is substantially reduced, Roberts said, noting that Microsoft had also made other investments to ensure that was as secure as possible from phishing and data theft.

Rob Enderle, the principal analyst at the Enderle Group, is upbeat about the move, telling eWEEK that it is classic a Microsoft move. He said it speaks to Microsoft's strength, as its tools are the common technology behind the offerings that allow them to interoperate.

"This is what a platform and tools company should do. It also creates an incentive for these services to use Live Messenger rather than a competing offering or creating their own, and they'd rather not create their own. Microsoft should do more of this kind of thing," he said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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