HTTP Cookies – Beware or Not?

Posted on February 11th, 2009 in Computer spy software, Internet usage monitoring | Comments Off

HTTP cookies are probably as old as the Internet. These are small files that get written onto your computer’s http browser cookiehard drive every time you visit a website. They are not even files as such, just text packets. These text packets are sent to a web browser (like IE or Firefox) when it connects to any website server on the internet via a server. Then, each time you log back onto the site, the browser will send the cookie back to the server. What purpose does this serve? Well, the cookie contains information as to when you last visited the site, which pages you went to, what you did, and any information you gave out. A simple example: when you sign in to your Gmail account, you use an ID and a password. How does the Gmail server manage to identify that ID and password is correct the next time you visit? Cookies! Thus, cookies are a way of authenticating users. They are also a way of tracking your behavior on the website, each time you visit it. Often on many websites, it is impossible for you to do anything without cookies. For example, the shopping cart feature on websites requires use of cookies.

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Discover Internet Addiction

Posted on August 4th, 2008 in Computer spy software, Internet usage monitoring, Miscellaneous | 1 Comment »

In the modern world of technology the Internet holds a particular fascination for a wide variety of people. The “information superhighway” has something for everybody, and can be a wonderful resource for entertainment and knowledge. Unfortunately, as with all things, moderation is best. With so many things to do online, it is all too easy to fall into the trap of internet addiction. For some people the Internet seems to offer more than the world outside, and they can become loners, sitting at the computer all day and night.

online gamblingOne particular worry is the proliferation of new internet gambling websites. These sites come in all shapes and sizes, offering big wins from poker, bingo, horse races, soccer and much more, there are even websites that allow the user to bet on anything they want. Similar to regular gambling, there is a danger here of addiction, and people can end up with nothing left after gambling away everything they have. It is important to counter an addiction to gambling on the internet before it becomes serious.

So how do you discover internet addiction?

internet addictionIf you are worried about a family member, friend or spouse and think they are becoming addicted to the Internet, you will no doubt want to find ways to confirm or disprove your fears. The answer comes in the form of Internet monitoring software.
 There are many types of software available and the most common is logging software that can record keystrokes or the URLs of websites visited. Some of these programs can even email the information directly to your inbox, so after installation you don’t even have to access the computer again. Although an intrusive method, internet monitoring software can provide you with peace of mind and help to beat internet addiction.

Ensuring internet child safety

Posted on July 28th, 2008 in Chat monitoring, Computer spy software, Internet usage monitoring | Comments Off

Being a parent is a frightening task, and keeping an eye on your child can be a never-ending job. With more and more children having the latest technology – mobile phone, computer and internet in their bed-room, watching your child is becoming increasingly harder. Internet child safety is a topic of conversation constantly on the lips of most parents, and they are continually looking for ways in which to ensure safety on the internet. 

child threatsThere are certain types of spy software that can help you in your mission of ensuring internet child safety, and one of these is a program called Keylogger. This is one of the easiest and simplest ways of recording information input into a computer. You may find yourself feeling rather guilty when considering buying this type of software to watch your child’s online movements, but sometimes drastic measures need to be employed when looking at internet child safety.

Most keyloggers are very safe to use on your computer, and can be downloaded straight from the internet after paying by credit card or by online transfers. You can occasionally get free trials of this type of software to ensure you understand it before buying.

Ensuring internet child safety can be a difficult job, but with the help of spyware products such as keyloggers, you can make sure you are protecting your children in the best possible way. Instead of thinking of it as an invasion of their privacy, think of it as ensuring that you are doing the best for their safety. Letting them know the software is on the computer could even act as a deterrent, and instead of them doing something in the hope that you won’t find out, they won’t do it at all!