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Poll Results: Should Windows Desktop Gadgets be banned from the corporate workstation?

See how your peers answered this question: Should Windows Desktop Gadgets be banned from the corporate workstation?

On August 6, 2010, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog this poll question:

Should Windows Desktop Gadgets be banned from the corporate workstation?

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 W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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