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# 208519 15-Feb-2017 15:13
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This is part of the privacy statement for the SPARK Internet assistant download:  Also, your use of the Licensed Software may modify Internet-related software settings on your computer and will set networking configuration parameters on your computer. By agreeing to this agreement, you grant Spark New Zealand the right to change the Internet-related software settings on your computer and set networking configuration parameters on your computer.


Is giving this kind of access to changing my settings a possible risk?














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  # 1720683 15-Feb-2017 15:16
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It lets the software un-stuff settings that people screw up.


Otherwise you would get someone with 4 network cards and other bizzare configurations that someone else did for them getting all pissy when they run it and it changes things and breaks other things. 


Kinda the whole point of the software package to set up the internet settings so no real risk assuming they dont do anything malicious, and software that is like that doesnt tend to tell you what it will do anyway.


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  # 1720702 15-Feb-2017 15:44
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I take that to mean that they can change your web browsers home page to and they can edit the network connection parameters (dns and gateway if not auto) to troubleshoot issues. I guess it might be able to log into a default modem and edit things there, but not if you change the password away from the default one, which you have done so anyway... right?


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  # 1720852 15-Feb-2017 21:06
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I didn't finish the download....I stopped at the point that it asked me 'am I sure I've read every part of the agreement and understand it completely' for the second time.... I haven't come across that level taken to ensure that I agree to the Ts and Cs before so I thought I better ask for some advice before going through with the download.


The blogs I read on the subject stated that some people had issues with their security programs either being deactivated by it or the program asking that they remove their security themselves and as it's not a security program download I couldn't understand why? Also, my laptop runs our home network for my daughter's devices and access to changing settings through mine could potentially affect their privacy also.


So you think it's fine as long as I change the password?

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  # 1720870 15-Feb-2017 21:30
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  # 1720880 15-Feb-2017 21:43
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I wouldnt bother running one of those ever. They supply a router that should be good to go, and the only other thing that needs setting up is ISP based email, which you shouldnt be using anyway.


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