What's In Your Registry?

One frequent TV commercial asks, "What's in your wallet?" I ask: What's in your computer that could expose sensitive data? Last week, I searched my Windows Vista registry and turned up some disturbing stuff.

I found some surprising personal information there, such as name, address and phone number; online account user names; software registration codes; and information identifying some online accounts. I wasn't looking for any of this information. My search had initially been for something else. But the discovery of this information greatly disturbed me. To be absolutely clear, none of this information was put there by Windows Vista. Third-party software or services were the culprits.

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