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EULAs – Text vs Reality – Battlefield Punk Buster use case scenario

Posted in Knowledge, Privacy with tags , on September 17, 2014 by Sirusdark

End User License Agreements (EULA) are those pesky long legal text documents that most people usually answer “YES”, “Next, next, next…”, “Finish” during software installs.

Let me tell you something: it’s NOT gibberish. I myself never bothered to read much of it, until I actually did start reading them. Since then, I’ve become an EULA addict avid reader: I now read every EULA out there for all the software, websites and services I use. Doing this has allowed me to understand many things like what companies can or cannot do when we agree/accept those EULAs.

Here’s a real true use case scenario of what the EULA’s text SAY vs the REALITY of what is means:

EA’s Battlefield

PunkBuster, a very invasive anti-cheat system is required to play most of EA’s multiplayer games, more specifically, the Battlefield franchise. Here are some examples of difference between EULA and reality:

1. Battelfield Free (web browser game)

EULA says: Punkbuster is not required to play the game.

Reality:¬† The installer doesn’t even proceed to install the game if you cancel Punk Buster’s installation.

 

2. Battlefield 3

EULA says : Punkbuster is not required to play the game. During the game install, you can choose to skip installing PunkBuster component. The game will run fine and play without a hitch.

Reality: 99.99% of all the game servers require PunkBuster to play online with other players. PunkBuster-less servers available: zero.

See? Although they abide by the EULA, the only available services require the anti-cheat component. If you ever take the time to read PunkBuster’s own EULA (I dare you), you’ll most likely never wanna¬† have such a program running on your computer, especially if you have any kind of sensitive information, important data, etc.

Conclusion

DO take the time to read legal documents. You WILL learn things and be more informed on what you’re getting into. Here’s one last example: the game Defiance’s EULA say that every chat sessions, text, voice, pictures or data will belong to the company and can be used as they see fit. It means they could take a voice recording of you and a friend within the game, make an ad out of it and you wouldn’t even have a say about it.

Enjoy EULAs!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

References
-http://www.evenbalance.com/
-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EULA
-http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1903684

Need help uninstalling PunkBuster? Lemme know! I just might just write an article about that…

Truecrypt – Still safe and NOT DEAD

Posted in Computer, Free, Privacy, Security, Software Tools, Windows with tags on June 3, 2014 by Sirusdark

Truecrypt LogoSome of you may have read some alarming news that Truecrypt, a free encryption software, was now “unsafe”.

NO

No, Truecrypt is not completely dead, though the initial authors apparently cancelled further development.

No, Truecrypt is still safe to use. How safe depends on how you use it and in which context.

No, Truecrypt is still a valid encryption solution.

 

According to Gibson Research Corporation (GRC), Truecrypt is still safe to use. GRC’s website also offers many useful tools, check it it out!

YES

Yes, Truecrypt won’t be supported anymore.

Yes, Truecrypt is still not 100% open source (for now).

Yes, the security audit is still ongoing and soon will be completed. This will allow the community to focus on solving the issues that will be uncovered.

The new project

For the very first time in its history, the source code will most likely be maintained by the community and contributors won’t be anonymous anymore. This means Truecrypt will continue to evolve, improve and become a better encryption solution.

For legal purposes, yes, Truecrypt’s name may change in the near future, but the features shouldn’t.

So keep using Truecrypt for now, and stay tuned for upcoming news! Also, check out the references for more good reads.

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

References
-http://www.truecrypt.ch/
-http://opencryptoaudit.org/
-https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm
-http://truecrypt.org // -http://truecrypt.sourceforge.net
-http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2347200/truecrypt-encryption-is-no-longer-secure-due-to-windows-xp-end-of-life
-http://istruecryptauditedyet.com/