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Re: Why does screen sharing require a browser extension?

From: Harald Alvestrand <harald@alvestrand.no>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:43:15 +0100
Message-ID: <5293A853.9020608@alvestrand.no>
To: public-webrtc@w3.org
On 11/25/2013 06:28 PM, cowwoc wrote:
> On 25/11/2013 12:25 PM, Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:
>> * cowwoc wrote:
>>> One thing I didn't understand (and was not explained) is why screen
>>> sharing is substantially more security-sensitive than webcam sharing? I
>>> get the fact that someone could use screen sharing to snoop on my
>>> banking activity, but how is this any more security sensitive than
>>> knowing what I look like and where I live? If the security dialog is
>>> good enough for webcam sharing, why is it not good enough for screen
>>> sharing?
>> One difference is that screen sharing has no hardware component, there
>> is no light indicating the screen is being recorded and there is no
>> option to physically disable screen sharing the way you can put some-
>> thing in front of your webcam.
> True, but you could implement the same behavior as Java Applets (the 
> border of the screen pulses slowly and a warning icon shows up when 
> the mouse approaches it. When you hover over the warning icon a 
> tooltip shows up reminding you that you're running inside of an 
> applet). We could do the same to warn the user that the contents of 
> the box is being shared. This is actually beneficial from a UI point 
> of view, because you won't necessarily be sharing the entire screen.

Hmmm... where have you actually seen this behaviour in a Java applet?
I can't remember ever seeing anything like that, and I run Java applets 
on a fairly regular basis (my bank requires them for login).

> Gili
Received on Monday, 25 November 2013 19:43:46 UTC

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