Sometimes some guy is just a genius and a kind person, and writes a brilliant piece of software that he wants to share with the world. Sometimes a genius is well, not such a good person and still writes software he puts online. On Coding Horror there is a post about a shareware program called G-archiver (on purpose no link) that backs up files to your Gmail account. And in the process, very conveniently, emails your username and password to the Gmail account of the creator of the software. Ahem. Sounds like your worst nightmare, doesn’t it?
I wonder why G-archiver can still be downloaded, or wasn’t caught in the first place. In the old days (10-12 years ago) I liked those shareware sites like tucows. In those days open source wasn’t big yet, but programmers would put their software online for 10-30 euros with a trial version. Nowadays they seem to struggle for life, and are trying as hard as possible to drive traffic to their sites. You see that with the money all sense of ethics and responsibilities leave the company.
Update 13/3/2008 (yep european notation): G-archiver is removed from download site finally.