What is Plaxo?
Plaxo is a third party software program that integrates with a computer’s mail client, such as Outlook, to collect, store, and update contact information. Most information in your Outlook Contacts list is transferred to Plaxo when you use their services. I heard about Plaxo the same way many of you heard about it – by receiving a contact update request from a friend who had added my name to his contact list. Aside from its intrusive nature, I would question the long-term model of any company like this.
I view Plaxo as nothing more than a contact-digging expedition for future products/services.
Ok, first off, you should ALWAYS protect your contact information to prevent unauthorized disclosure. Due to the number of Data Privacy and Information Security risks associated with this service and other third party services of this type, use of Plaxo and similar services is strongly cautioned.
* Since you don’t have any contractual agreements with Plaxo regarding information sharing, Plaxo has not agreed to protect such information. Using Plaxo software potentially discloses confidential information about you, your friends, and your business contacts without your explicit consent.
* Contact information shared with Plaxo may include confidential information such as home addresses, home phone numbers, and mobile/cell phone numbers.
* Use of Plaxo on can place your PC at risk to malicious code in Internet and email viruses and worms.
* Because Plaxo can send messages on behalf of its members, some recipients may incorrectly believe those messages came from you.
What do I need to do?
If you are currently using Plaxo or a similar third party service to manage your contact information, discontinue use immediately as follows: Email email@example.com to inform Plaxo support that you wish to end your service.