On August 6, 2010, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog this poll question:
The 577 respondents to the poll were generally evenly split with 56% saying no ban and 44% saying a ban was justified.
The gist of the associated discussion thread was that a ban may seem desirable, but it is too impractical to enforce. This makes me wonder if a majority would be in favor of a ban, if such a ban were practical to enforce.
Are Windows desktop widgets really that much of a security risk? What risks do they introduce and what do IT pros need to do to mitigate the risks involved?
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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.