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Security Risks with Outlook 2007 and Windows Desktop Search

My network: XP machines with both Office 03 and 07, all users use Outlook 2003. I am considering moving up to Outlook 07, however:

I have heard that Outlook 2007 automatically installs Windows Desktop Search (henceforth WDS). I want to know if anyone has experience any security holes or intrusions by allowing this scenario to run on their networks. Here are my main questions:
1) Does WDS index, not only all emails and attached documents, but also all document on a machine such that they are searchable by search engines in general, such as Google
2) if WDS does index and make the results public, why isn't there more of an outcry against this? It seems a grave invasion of not only privacy but proprietary information.
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uncpaiss
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war1Commented:
Hello uncpaiss,

Windows Desktop Search does not pose much of security risk.  The index is on the local drive and is not searchable by Google.

The only issue with Windows Desktop Search is the large index files. They take up lots of space.

Hope this helps!
war1
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