Archive for January 4th, 2007


Everyone Hates Spyware

January 4, 2007

In life, you begin to realize that people don’t always know what they’re talking about. Sure, they may act like they do, but that’s not reason enough to place complete trust in what they’re saying. Many people automatically base their personal opinion on something from what they’ve heard others say in the past without doing any real research, and while we all do this to some extent, it’s a shame when the current opinions that are formed are based on false information.

When Leopard started to become involved with WeatherBug in July, I quickly found out that there is still a large number of people who are under the impression that WeatherBug is spyware. For the record, WeatherBug is not spyware. We’ve all become accustomed to free ad-supported Web sites and software products over the years, and WeatherBug is no exception.

The companies providing these services need to generate income, and instead of charging you for basic usage, they develop relationships with advertisers who will help them to monetize their products. If you want to use the free version of WeatherBug, then you’ll have to deal with some ads, but if you want to pay a little bit of money, then you can use the Plus version, which is ad-free and comes with a host of other features. This is nothing new, and there’s certainly no reason to say that WeatherBug is spyware just because it includes advertising. They’re not tracking you, and before anyone makes such a rash judgement call, they should check out what their Safe Computing page has to say.

Some people have outspokenly asked me why I chose to get involved with a company that is laundering spyware, but I just have to tell them that they’re misinformed. WeatherBug is on the right track, and speaking as someone who’s not officially part of the company and has spent some time at their headquarters, I can tell you that they’re definitely not some sort of creepy cult who’s trying to watch what you’re doing. The company is composed of friendly people who are dedicated to their mission of providing the best weather information around, and they’re succeeding.

Once again, WeatherBug is not spyware, and in turn, Leopard is not some sort of tool that allows you to create applications that include spyware. WeatherBug hates spyware, I hate spyware, and everyone else hates spyware, so let’s just put this issue to rest, OK?