I've gotten annoyed by all the little "smiley" options there are out there, and how they all claim to be "AdWare/SpyWare free"... which is utter nonsense and we all know it. SO... with that in mind I did a little investigating and am writing a feature about it on my site (http://www.ishackingyou.com/), but for now, I'll leave you with this interesting tidbit from the "SweetIM EULA/TOS/etc"... you think this over. (source: http://www.sweetim.com/):
In order to receive the benefits provided by the SweetIM Software, you hereby grant permission for the SweetIM Software to (i) utilize the processor and bandwidth of your computer (ii) use certain personal information that you have submitted to your instant messenger provider. You understand that the SweetIM Software will protect the privacy and integrity of your computer resources and communication and ensure the unobtrusive utilization of your computer resources to the greatest extent possible. The Software is exposed to various security issues, and should be regarded as unsecure. By accepting this Agreement, you acknowledge and accept that the Software, and any information you download or offer to share by means of the Software, may be exposed to unauthorized access, interception, corruption, damage or misuse, and should be regarded as insecure. You accept all responsibility for such security risks and any damage resulting therefrom.
OK, so the software will use my personal information and use my CPU for some reasons yet not described... and it's known to be filled with security bugs - which I'm taking responsibility for?! Hold on, did I read that right?
If this was on the package of some software you were about to buy and use for business... would you in your right mind install it? Yet - I'm willing to be it's installed in dozens of places on your network, and in maybe in your home.