Friday, October 06, 2006
End user license agreements, or EULAs, are a pain that all computer users have experienced. No one wants to read through them, but then you feel a little scared that maybe you're agreeing to something that you shouldn't be. Kind of like accepting a credit card offer without reading the fine print.
EULAlyzer allows you to copy and paste or drag a plus sign cursor to auto-paste the license agreement (you'll see when use it), and it'll analyze and flag possible items of interest. It also gives a sort of Interest ID, which tells you how much to worry about what's in the EULA. I ran it on the EULA for EULAlyzer, and it flagged it for having the words "third party". There are also some detailed statistics that you can look at.
These are the benefits being touted of using EULAlyzer:
- Discover potentially hidden behavior about the software you're going to install
- Pick up on things you missed when reading license agreements
- Keep a saved database of the license agreements you view
- Instant results - super-fast analysis in just a second