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Yahoo! Messenger 11 beta Has Significant Loss of Privacy - Save Old Ap
Yahoo! Messenger uses a feeder program to determine criteria and select the proper version to install on your computer. It then downloads and installs it. However, you do not see where the actual final application is stored and you cannot choose to save a copy.
How do I determine where the final application file is located so I can reinstall this particular version of Yahoo! Messenger after the current version has moved on?
For those who travel it is worth it to have it as it cannot be downloaded when in some countries out of the US.
However, the strongest reason to keep a copy of version 10.x (now 10.0.0.1270-us) is the significant privacy losses in version 11.x. The provisions at bottom are from the Terms and Conditions of the new Yahoo Messenger 11 beta for Windows.
In version 10x and earlier, you can save your chat histories in your hard drive. Not anymore. Now Yahoo puts your yahoo messages and chats them on its servers so it can scan them for consumer and advertising value. If you don't elect to let them, you no longer can keep a message history on their servers or your hard drive.
I think a lot of Windows users will be sticking with 10.
Yahoo Messenger 11x Terms and Conditions
Conversation History, Access, and Search
* You may now archive Yahoo! instant messages along with Yahoo! Mail messages and search them together (in addition to Voice Mail, SMS, call history, and more).
o For users that have elected to archive their messages, Yahoo! Messenger will now archive messages on Yahoo! servers to establish and maintain this archive.
o Yahoo! may analyze instant messages you elect to archive in order to provide personally relevant product features, content, advertising, spam and malware detection.
Personally Relevant Experiences
* If you chose to store your instant messages, Yahoo! provides personally relevant product features, content, advertising, spam and malware detection by analyzing your archive. Some of these features and advertising will be based on our understanding of the content and meaning of your instant messages. For instance, we analyze instant messages to identify key elements of meaning and then categorize this information for immediate and future use.
o This information may also be used for interest-based advertising. To view interests associated with this web browser and opt-out of some or all interest categories, please visit our Ad Interest Manager.
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