Solved

What information does the EA download manager / Spore client transmit?

Posted on 2008-06-18
7
2,937 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
I downloaded the creature creator last night and went through the EULA and noticed that they are capturing my IP and other system information to be used both internally and externally.  However the IP is never supposed to be tied to any other information gathered.  Supposed to.

Anyways i'm a little skeptical and would like for someone who is smarter than me in such ways to pick it apart, what are they actually getting?  In the meantime I have my firewall blocking it :D

Here is the download: http://www.spore.com/trial 
0
Comment
Question by:fishadmin
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 2
7 Comments
 
LVL 17

Expert Comment

by:Anthony Russo
ID: 21813571
You have the option not to install the download manager as well. I did not install it and it is running just fine for me.
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:fishadmin
ID: 21813648
What does Spore actually use it for?  I was under the impression that it was used in the full game for populating your game with other people's creations, and sharing out your creations with others.

I wouldn't mind the tradeoff if I knew that was the only info heading out.
0
 
LVL 17

Expert Comment

by:Anthony Russo
ID: 21813769
I only got to work with it last night. It said I was connected to the game server, but only creatures I could see were my own and Maxis ones. I didn't see anyone else's, so maybe it will be neccessary for it.

I'm going to install the creator on my wifes computer after work today if I have time because she already has the Sims and the EA downloader, so will see what the difference is.
0
2017 Webroot Threat Report

MSPs: Get the facts you need to protect your clients.
The 2017 Webroot Threat Report provides a uniquely insightful global view into the analysis and discoveries made by the Webroot® Threat Intelligence Platform to provide insights on key trends and risks as seen by our users.

 
LVL 62

Accepted Solution

by:
☠ MASQ ☠ earned 500 total points
ID: 21815928
Good question.  I have EADM on a test box and interestingly packet analysis suggests it behaves identically to the Steam manager from Valve.

I suspect this is a precursor to moving to only being able to play through the download manager.
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:fishadmin
ID: 21816078
OK

I still would like to know if anyone has actually monitored the traffic heading out from the program itself.  I know how the download manager is advertised to work.  I just want to make sure they aren't pulling a Sony on me and sending out information about me I don't want sent.
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:fishadmin
ID: 21816099
Heh that will teach me to wait to hit that submit button.  Thanks Masqueraid.  That's the info I needed.
0
 
LVL 2

Author Closing Comment

by:fishadmin
ID: 31468390
I suspect EA is going to try to shove DRM down our throats too.  I'm playing nice with them on this one, but not blindly.  Thanks for the info.
0

Featured Post

Ransomware-A Revenue Bonanza for Service Providers

Ransomware – malware that gets on your customers’ computers, encrypts their data, and extorts a hefty ransom for the decryption keys – is a surging new threat.  The purpose of this eBook is to educate the reader about ransomware attacks.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

A 2007 NCSA Cyber Security survey revealed that a mere 4% of the population has a full understanding of firewalls. As business owner, you should be part of that 4% that has a full understanding.
Liquid Web and Plesk discuss how to simplify server management with a single tool  in their webinar.
Nobody understands Phishing better than an anti-spam company. That’s why we are providing Phishing Awareness Training to our customers. According to a report by Verizon, only 3% of targeted users report malicious emails to management. With compan…
With Secure Portal Encryption, the recipient is sent a link to their email address directing them to the email laundry delivery page. From there, the recipient will be required to enter a user name and password to enter the page. Once the recipient …

691 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question