Spy Software Evolution in a glance

Posted on June 30th, 2009 in Computer spy software, Miscellaneous | 1 Comment »

A little bit of history

spy softwareThe very first spy software representatives weren’t even called “spy software”. They were the little applications build up in the computer science labs by enthusiastic students, or just geeks looking for fun. Meanwhile, in the background, the secret information services already had some similar applications going on and it is known now that FBI used “magic lantern”, a similar monitoring software.
For the general public, the first officially known application of catching keystrokes was KeyKey Monitor released by Mikkotech. Their primarily goal was to aim the application towards security and back-up reasons, but through a reseller, Mikkotech has started selling this application intensely. Clickbank was heavily involved in promoting this application and even today it still holds one of the largest affiliate networks.
Let’s take a look at the first marketing ideas that supported KeyKey Monitor:

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Is Microsoft getting involved in the spy software niche?

Posted on April 30th, 2009 in Computer spy software, Miscellaneous | Comments Off

robot spy workI was reading the other day a new version of the idea, or roomer if you prefer, that Microsoft could get involved in the “spy” software niche. Microsoft has already advanced a patent application for a computer system through which the employees should all be part of a wireless “spider” network that would monitor their metabolic features. I must add here that such an idea can raise one or two eyebrows in the Human Rights backyard and I can’t help myself to notice that Microsoft could now join in full daylight the Orwellian ideas that wonder around in our times. The evaluation of a worker based on a computer assessment of their mental and physical state it’s maybe too much, as unions also say.

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What Counts As Spyware?

Posted on March 8th, 2009 in Computer spy software | Comments Off

If you’ve been using the computer for some time now, you are obviously familiar with anti virus software. However, there is also something else also that you need to have – an anti spyware program or a spy scanner. Spy programs or spyware are by far the most intrusive forms of malware or malicious software around. They track all your computer activities like browsing, mailing, IM’s; even what you may type on the computer. Therefore if you indulge in online banking, transferring of funds, sending and receiving confidential information, etc, it is absolutely essential to have a spy scanner or an anti spyware program of some sort.

spyware cookies adwareThe reason spyware can pose a serious problem is because so many programs and files on the Internet can be thought of as spyware. Take cookies for example. Almost every website you visit will store cookies containing information about you on your hard drive and will retrieve this cookie each time you visit that website. However, cookies are important for browsing and using certain sites. It would be impossible to directly log in to your email account if Gmail or Yahoo did not store a cookie on your computer. A similar opinion is attached to key logging software that many parents may install to track the internet activities of their children, thereby ensuring that they are not indulging in harmful activities on the Internet. Although it may seem intrusive, this does not amount to spying using spyware. Cookies and key logging software when used on one’s own machine are absolutely justified. However, when a website tries to place cookies onto your machine without your informed consent or when someone places a key logging software on YOUR computer without your confirmation, then that amounts to spying.

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Statistics about Spy Software Usage

Posted on August 19th, 2008 in Internet usage monitoring | Comments Off

The Internet is a vast sprawling landscape of media and information and can be a wonderful resource in the office and in the home, but as the following statistics show, if you allow your children to access the Internet for homework studies or socializing then you need to stay aware of exactly what they’re doing.

A surprising amount of Internet access results in the viewing of pornographic material in particular, and some great ways of staying informed and in control of the ways your computer is used come in the form of spy software and content blockers.

The biggest business on the Internet is pornography. To give you an idea just how big, if you combined the revenue of all the big technology companies such as Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, eBay and Apple together, you would still be far short of the total revenue involved in the porn industry. With a turnover somewhere in the region of $100 billion per year, it’s no surprise that it turns up everywhere.

One of the most worrying statistics shows that one in five children who access the Internet have been solicited for sex in the last year and one in four have been sent pictures of naked people, or people engaged in sexual acts. With children discovering Internet pornography at an average age of 11, and 85% of those aged 6-16 having encountered some form of it, something clearly has to be done.

Installing spy software such as a keylogger or web watcher on your home computer is an easy process and can provide you with peace of mind and act as a safety net, ensuring that you are able to protect your children from pedophiles and other dangers, and catch on to anything suspicious before it becomes a problem.