Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Are you being watched online?
MSNBC.Com - Technology & Science ^ | 11/13/2003 | MSNBC.Com

Posted on 11/16/2003 2:52:54 AM PST by Bobby777

Nov. 13 — Here’s a sobering thought: While you’re looking at your computer, it may be looking back at you. There is easy-to-get, even free, software that lets anybody spy on you, anytime you are on your computer.

LAST WEEK, KNTV and MSNBC.com examined online infidelity and found Internet temptation is quietly on the rise. It turns out, so is the prevalence of spy software designed to catch a cheating lover.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: computersecurity; internet; privacy; security; spam; spammers; spyware
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-67 next last

1 posted on 11/16/2003 2:52:55 AM PST by Bobby777
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

featured website:

http://www.safer-networking.org/
2 posted on 11/16/2003 2:54:11 AM PST by Bobby777
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cindy; yonif; Alouette; Yehuda; dennisw; Lent; Travis McGee; Jeff Head; rdb3; mhking; MeeknMing; ...
FReepmail me if you'd like to be on or off this ping list ...
3 posted on 11/16/2003 2:57:12 AM PST by Bobby777
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
I now a guy that downloaded a free keystroke logger and caught his wife the first day he ran it.

It gave him the e-mail name and password they were using, then he printd up the emails and took them to the other guys wife. She had him cleaned out in 24 hours, the locks changed, a restraining order, papers served and then went to his office and smashed every picture he had of the two of them on his desk.

The guy who started it forgave his wife and reconciled. He never even took a swing at the other guy.

4 posted on 11/16/2003 3:04:11 AM PST by DainBramage
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
so.....cheating spouses are bemoaning the fact the spouse honoring thier vows and fidelity are not trusting them

wheres the problem

I'd do it out of concern for AIDs alone....IF I lost trust in my wife
5 posted on 11/16/2003 3:06:47 AM PST by Revelation 911
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DainBramage
interesting ... I have heard, but don't know for sure, that there are varying laws associated with keystroke loggers that might violate surveillance laws ... so I suggest anyone considering one be sure and find out what's legal ...

I considered using one (keystroke logger) about 7 years ago because somebody was messing with my computer at work ... I had a pretty good idea who it was ... it was always "different" when I'd boot up on Monday morning ... I never used a logger but I sure thought about it ... this guy was up to something all the time ... I wound up consulting for another company at another customer so I never did pursue it ...
6 posted on 11/16/2003 3:09:31 AM PST by Bobby777
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
Actually we are ALL being watched on-line, all the time, by US government sanctioned foreign governments no less. Yes, to get around the prohibition against spying on its own citizens the US lets our partners Britan and Australia do it for them. But pretty much every single piece of electronic information on the planet goes through the echelon spy system.

Your tax dollars at work.

http://www.echelonwatch.org/
7 posted on 11/16/2003 3:27:06 AM PST by pcx99
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777

What?

Are we limited as to what we can do on OUR computer???
8 posted on 11/16/2003 3:27:41 AM PST by Elsie (Don't believe every prophecy you hear: especially *** ones........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: pcx99
They had a "Jam Echelon Day" with everyone sending emails with this word list ..LOL (looking a ceiling) joke joke snicker snicker

ATF DOD WACO RUBY RIDGE OKC OKLAHOMA CITY MILITIA GUN HANDGUN MILGOV ASSAULT RIFLE TERRORISM BOMB DRUG KORESH PROMIS MOSSAD NASA MI5 ONI CID AK47 M16 C4 MALCOLM X REVOLUTION CHEROKEE HILLARY BILL CLINTON GORE GEORGE BUSH WACKENHUT TERRORIST.

9 posted on 11/16/2003 4:03:45 AM PST by DainBramage
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777; Alamo-Girl; onyx; SpookBrat; Republican Wildcat; Howlin; dixiechick2000; SusanUSA; ...
Interesting. An eye-opener article. Thanks for posting and pinging this, Bobby777.

Here's the link to this article, folks.

Are you being watched online?

Excerpt:

       Nov. 13 — Here’s a sobering thought: While you’re looking at your computer, it may be looking back at you. There is easy-to-get, even free, software that lets anybody spy on you, anytime you are on your computer.
       LAST WEEK, KNTV and MSNBC.com examined online infidelity and found Internet temptation is quietly on the rise. It turns out, so is the prevalence of spy software designed to catch a cheating lover.
       Virtually anyone with an e-mail inbox knows about the software, which is being aggressively hawked by spammers. Programs with names like “Email P.I.,” selling for as little as $50, promise to let a buyer peek over the shoulder of anyone, anywhere on the Internet, while he or she sits at the computer. Another such program, named “Internet Spy 2003,” says in its e-mail pitch “Investigate anybody-anytime!!”
       “Utilize these powerful Internet resources to locate people, run business investigations, find legal information, contact long lost friends or just snoop around,” says a Web site advertising the software. “Internet Spy is an amazing tool that will help you find just about anything about anyone. You can use it in the privacy of your own home without anyone ever knowing, ... Don’t hire a private investigator. Do it yourself with Internet Spy.”

Click here to see entire article.


Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my General Interest ping list!. . .don't be shy.


10 posted on 11/16/2003 4:19:44 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (I won! I won! http://rmeek141.home.comcast.net/LotteryTicketRutRoh.JPG)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

FREE PC PROTECTION:
(Not an exhaustive list. Your results may vary. Void where prohibited. For entertainment purposes only. No wagering, please. Whattayawantfernuthin'.)

11 posted on 11/16/2003 4:23:15 AM PST by martin_fierro (_____oooo_(_°_¿_°_)_oooo_____)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
Now Meek, I'm not going to take this personal, but do you think "I" have any reason to install the anti-spy thangs?
12 posted on 11/16/2003 4:25:52 AM PST by onyx
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
Just because you're paranoid don't mean they're not out to get you
13 posted on 11/16/2003 4:30:06 AM PST by Teacher317
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
I recall an incident that occured when I was a student taking my first internet class. I was using a search engine to locate web sites for my class. The search engine listed one site that had a title I couldn't read. So, I clicked on to it. It turned out to be a French language web site. Which, of course, explains why I couldn't understand the title.

But an interesting thing happened as I returned to the search engine. All the advertisements had switched to French. Nothing was in English. Obviously, some bit of software noted my logging on to a French language site and responded.
14 posted on 11/16/2003 4:36:22 AM PST by redheadtoo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
Yes.
15 posted on 11/16/2003 4:44:46 AM PST by I_dmc
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
Bump for later.
16 posted on 11/16/2003 4:47:32 AM PST by DLfromthedesert
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: onyx
LOL ! Of course not.

I've heard of this spyware thing and blew it off as paranoid whackos.
But this article made it sound like a real threat to privacy. Not just to
catch cheaters. I mean, they talked about using it to steal passwords, etc. ...

Some months ago I had some flaky charges on my credit card that the credit
card company took off my bill. Someone stole my info and used it. First time
that's ever happened to me.


17 posted on 11/16/2003 6:06:21 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (I won! I won! http://rmeek141.home.comcast.net/LotteryTicketRutRoh.JPG)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: DainBramage
Beautiful. I love it.

LOL
18 posted on 11/16/2003 6:10:23 AM PST by SerpentDove (www.neatophotos.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: martin_fierro
Thanks Martin. I just downloaded "Shoot the Messenger."
19 posted on 11/16/2003 6:14:53 AM PST by EggsAckley (..................."Dean's got Tom McClintock Eyes".........................)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: martin_fierro
Is there anything that is for the Macintosh? Or are we mac folks left out in the cold again?
20 posted on 11/16/2003 6:41:40 AM PST by ExSoldier (When the going gets tough, the tough go cyclic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
Read later.
21 posted on 11/16/2003 6:43:33 AM PST by EagleMamaMT
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Teacher317
Yes and if "They" are out to get you then paranoia is just good common sense!
22 posted on 11/16/2003 6:44:52 AM PST by Khepera (Do not remove by penalty of law!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: MeeknMing
"paranoid whackos."

Hey! I resemble that remark! Nyuck Nyuck Nyuck

23 posted on 11/16/2003 6:48:50 AM PST by ExSoldier (When the going gets tough, the tough go cyclic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: DainBramage
WACKENHUT ?

24 posted on 11/16/2003 6:52:25 AM PST by steplock (www.FOCUS.GOHOTSPRINGS.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: redheadtoo
If there's a spy on my puter, he's not too smart. I'm too broke to go on vacation, but continually get banking and hotel pop ups. Though I do wonder why I hear helicopters every time I log onto FR...
25 posted on 11/16/2003 6:56:30 AM PST by mtbopfuyn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
They can watch my every mood if they really need the sleep.
26 posted on 11/16/2003 6:56:38 AM PST by Glenn (What were you thinking, Al?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
bumped and bookmarked
27 posted on 11/16/2003 7:03:13 AM PST by Centurion2000 (Resolve to perform what you ought, perform without fail what you resolve.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: martin_fierro
bookmarked.
28 posted on 11/16/2003 7:09:06 AM PST by Hacksaw
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: ExSoldier
I resemble that remark! Nyuck Nyuck Nyuck

hehe ! Just the lead-in I need for a pic I just got yesterday ...


29 posted on 11/16/2003 7:11:59 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (I won! I won! http://rmeek141.home.comcast.net/LotteryTicketRutRoh.JPG)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: martin_fierro
Thanks. You might think it's not an exhaustive list. I got tired just thinking about doing everything that needs to be done.

Especially after visiting aztlan.net the other night. Which I recommend no one visit unless they are equipped with the type of protection you kindly linked to for us.

30 posted on 11/16/2003 7:18:30 AM PST by ohmage
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
Any government spending money watching me is wasting its money. :shrug:

Perhaps they could focus on terrorists?

Naw....that'd be too intolerant of them.
31 posted on 11/16/2003 7:23:33 AM PST by ChemistCat (Hang in there, Terri. Absorb. Take in. Live. Heal.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
SPY ON THIS.

I do not like the fact that someone may be watching me, but what a boring job for the chap. I am a boring guy who reads DRUDGE, and FREE REPUBLIC 30 times a day. Other than that I am out teaching my 10, and 9 year old how important it is to be well round, and a productive member of society.

I hate the thought that the USG is spending my tax dollars, to watch me ... WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY!

32 posted on 11/16/2003 7:29:00 AM PST by LandofLincoln
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mtbopfuyn
Helicopters when you log in?
incredible,
maybe you are a terrorist

paranoiac

33 posted on 11/16/2003 7:35:53 AM PST by icydanger
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
I deliberately surf the Internet as often as possible to help put the watchers to sleep with my useless activities.

An associate engages in similar activity by browsing as many pornographic sites as possible so as to tittilate the watchers into a frenzy of ineffectiveness.

Just two small sacrifices to help keep Liberty safe.

Best regards,

34 posted on 11/16/2003 7:37:58 AM PST by Copernicus (A Constitutional Republic revolves around Sovereign Citizens, not citizens around government.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ExSoldier
I'm curious also. I called the guy I rely on when my grandson is not available and asked him after listening to Kim Komando talk about it for PeeCees. He had nothing to offer???
35 posted on 11/16/2003 7:37:58 AM PST by tubebender (FReeRepublic...How bad have you got it...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: martin_fierro
I like Zone Alarm.
36 posted on 11/16/2003 7:56:56 AM PST by freekitty
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: mtbopfuyn
Those vacations popups and helicopters must be everywhere.

For all you spys out there, today's secret code word is "ESAD".
37 posted on 11/16/2003 8:03:21 AM PST by auboy (I'm out here on the front lines, sleep in peace tonight–American Soldier–Toby Keith, Chuck Cannon)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
I recommend (whatever that is worth) a complete and thurough reformating of your hard drive. Hard devices that spy on you?? Well, know your computer.. one way is the Belarc software program that list all the devices and software on your computer.
38 posted on 11/16/2003 8:07:50 AM PST by Porterville (Grow some leather or go away.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Porterville
I recommend (whatever that is worth) a complete and thurough reformating of your hard drive... that is every three months.
39 posted on 11/16/2003 8:08:22 AM PST by Porterville (Grow some leather or go away.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: martin_fierro
Thanks for the resource
40 posted on 11/16/2003 8:10:10 AM PST by WhiteGuy (Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: martin_fierro
Thanks for the links.

With commercial TV headed into the crapper, and with the "Do Not Call List" now making headway, I'd expect only more of the same intrusions on my PC from all fronts.
41 posted on 11/16/2003 8:10:28 AM PST by P.O.E.
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
A key logger is an employers best friend.
42 posted on 11/16/2003 8:23:59 AM PST by longtermmemmory
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bobby777
I use similar software to keep tabs on my kids online activity. They are time limited on a system and their uses are limited as well. Even still, it's good to have them know that dad has a way to watch. It keeps their 'head in the game' so to speak.
43 posted on 11/16/2003 8:27:49 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: P.O.E.
Peer Guardian helps

Spybot helps


The want to target computer watching ads to you.
44 posted on 11/16/2003 8:27:51 AM PST by longtermmemmory
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: longtermmemmory
Can ZoneAlarm be configured to block cookies? I've forgotten how.
45 posted on 11/16/2003 8:29:11 AM PST by 1rudeboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: longtermmemmory
Sorry, my question is open to the forum.
46 posted on 11/16/2003 8:29:50 AM PST by 1rudeboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Useful for employers for the same reasons. Employees should be working.
47 posted on 11/16/2003 8:31:40 AM PST by longtermmemmory
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: DainBramage
The guy who started it forgave his wife and reconciled.

And I hope feels pretty lousy about ruining the marriage of two others.

He never even took a swing at the other guy.

I should hope not. The other guy wasn't cheating on him.

48 posted on 11/16/2003 8:35:52 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: 1rudeboy
You can configure Windown explorer directly. You can also make it ask you each time a cookie wants to load and make a individual decision per cookie.

BUY a firewall. That will create a block to email captures. (Something every DNC website has) You may have given you email without knowing. Norton is pretty good, it blocks the unwanted cookies too.
49 posted on 11/16/2003 8:37:59 AM PST by longtermmemmory
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: HairOfTheDog
No but the other guy was part of the problem. Telling the wife was a solid course of action.

As for the swing, I would say it is justifiable. It might give people with real cases court a reasonable trial date if we were reasonable about a huband beating the crap out of the man cheating with his wife.

I would never have stayed in that marriage. Such women treat marriage like an insurance policy.

BTW the internet cam can be used as a security cam too. It can take pictures as set intervals AND you can have more than one camera. (or you just set up a spare unconnected camera in plain sight and the "real" camera is out of sight)
50 posted on 11/16/2003 8:45:14 AM PST by longtermmemmory
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-67 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson