It’s interesting that my corporate PC has anti-virus, but no anti-spyware (and we are forbidden from running any for ourselves). And what pop-up blocking IE6 offers is disabled by electronic policy and can’t be used.
At the same time, the security group that instituted these policies is telling me that all error messages on my latest project (a tool for internal use only) must read “There has been an error, please try again.” so as to avoid giving ‘potentially useful information’ to any would-be hackers amongst my colleagues.
So basically, they don’t trust us, are probably monitoring us (hence the anti-spyware ban), and consider us a bigger threat than web-based malware.
Oh, and the last time a support guy did something on my machine he looked something up on ‘dogpile’ (“I always use it, t’s better than Google!” he enthused). So after he’d gone I had to manually remove the ‘helpful toolbar’, i.e. spyware, that it had installed.