Warning Signs Of A Google Gadget Scam

Google has been part of this year's widget craze by allowing users to embed a number of "Google-sponsored" portable applications to their Web pages, as well as their iGoogle homepage. The search giant has even launched Google Gadget Ventures -- a program that grants developers of popular widgets seed investments of up to $100,000.

But according to Jeremy Luebke, there are some third-party gadgets that seem to have sinister motives (like stealing AdSense account information or worse). Luebke argues that even the most experienced Web users (or search pros) could be duped into giving their Google login and password information to scammers through these gadgets -- since they seem perfectly legit, and the pages the apps are hosted on are direct extensions of the www.google.com domain.

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