Types Of Computer Recording Devices
There are two main products that are used to capture and record computer
activity: Hardware Keyloggers and Surveillance Software. 95% of these are
designed to be undetectable by computer users. Many Surveillance Software
programs are available via a simple download over the Internet, FrŽe of charge,
and completely anonymously!
This product requires no technical skill whatsoever to install and is often
overlooked by even seasoned computer users. This type of keylogger requires that
the culprit have physical access to your computer and can be installed in less
than 5 seconds.
Once installed, a hardware keylogger will capture every keystroke entered
into your keyboard and then store it for future retrieval on the device itself.
Some hardware keylogger companies boast a two-million keystroke capacity!
That's about 5 years worth of typing for the average computer user. Whether at
home or in the office, you can easily fall victim to this type of spying.
A hardware Keylogger is installed between your keyboard and computer.
One of the most popular hardware keyloggers is KeyDevil.
You can visit their website for more information on hardware keyloggers and why
they are such an intrusion into your privacy.
Removal Of Hardware Keyloggers
By taking a peek behind your system and following your keyboard cable, you
can find out if there is something "odd" inserted between your
keyboard and computer. To remove a hardware keylogger, you Must Shut Down
Your System! You could damage your system if you attempt to remove the
keylogger while your computer is running!
Once your system is powered off, carefully remove the device from in between
your keyboard and computer, and then plug your keyboard directly back into the
computer. Make sure that it is plugged in completely and be gentle as the
connectors are somewhat fragile.
The only known software to deactivate hardware keyloggers is PrivacyKeyboard
Beware Surveillance Spy Software
Surveillance Software is by far the most insidious...and hard to detect of
all computer monitoring type spyware products. Some legitÔmate uses for spy
software are to watch a child's Internet activity or to monitor employees while
in a work environment. Unfortunately, this type of spy software is often used
unethically and even illegally by anyone who wants to spy on or steal
sensitive or private information from you, or your business, without ever being
Surveillance Spyware can be broken down into four main sub categories:
Keyloggers, which record keystrokes like a hardware keylogger, but
without a physical device.
Email Redirectors, which silently duplicate all incoming and outgoing
messages to a third party.
Chat Loggers and URL Recorders, which will monitor popular Ônstant
messaging programs such as AIM and Yahoo Messenger, regular IRC chat clients and
web browsers. All communications and web site visits are recorded and sent back
to the intruder.
Screen Recorders, which silently take snapshots of your entire desktop
screen and everything you are doing, and then package it up as a slide show, for
the intruder to view. Screen recorders can also email or upload these recordings
for remote access.
Dangers Of Surveillance Spy Software
Surveillance Spy Software is wreaking havoc in families and businesses around
the globe with very little media attention. Surveillance Spy Software among
other things is used for:
- Spousal Spying
- Financial Spying
- Identity Theft
- Corporate Espionage
Whatever anyone wants to find out about you or your business can be easily
obtained with Surveillance Spy Software that can be purchased by anyone easily
right over the Internet...
One of the leading Surveillance Spy Software companies is Spectorsoft.
They openly acknowledge that a large part of their salŽs are from spouses
who spy on their mates.
Businesses will not let anyone know their systems have been compromised with
Surveillance Spy Software, unless they are absolutely forced to. It's bad for
Detecting Surveillance Spy Software
The only product I've found to specifically target and detect surveillance
spy software is from a company called SpyCop.
SpyCop has been reviewed by the best in
the industry including law enforcement, government and hundreds of businesses
both large and small.
Here's what some of the leading experts in the industry are saying about SpyCop:
SpyCop... found a trace of SpectorSoft's
Eblaster keylogger on my system that Spy Sweeper and Norton AntiVirus failed
to notice Edward C. Baig Personal Tech Writer Usa Today
The best I've seen so far is SpyCop. It
scours your system, looking for secret keystroke-logging software. John
Dvorak Contributing Editor, PC Magazine
If you're on the receiving end of a snooping program, wouldn't you want to
know? SpyCop can ferret out hidden spy
programs... Kim Komando The Kim Komando Show
SpyCop has been recommended in many
- The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security by Kevin
- Microsoft Encyclopedia of Security by Mitch Tulloch
- Secrets of Computer Espionage: Tactics and Countermeasures by Joel
- Steal This Computer Book 3: What They Won't Tell You About the Internet by
- Privacy Tactics
by Scott Germaise
- Home Networking Bible by Sue Plumley
- Computer and Intrusion Forensics
by George Mohay
- Absolute PC Security and Privacy
by Michael Miller
What Is Adware?
The public has become outraged at the advertisers who use hidden marketing
programs to take over computers for the purpose of marketing their products. The
symptoms of Adware are uncontrollable popups, unwanted extra toolbars, and
drastically slowed down computer pŽrformance that can result in freezes or lock
Most spyware detectors are concentrated on detecting adware because that is
what is getting all the press...and adware profiles are frŽe for them to add to
their detection databases. This makes it very easy and inexpensive for anyone to
get into the adware detection business. Many times the same advertising spyware
databases are passed around or copied between Adware detection companies with
very little new research done.
Unfortunately, there are many inferior products out there that only do a half
job at detecting adware.
Adware is extremely annoying and will often cost you monŽy because this type
of spyware is poorly designed, and may cause severe damage that only a computer
repair shop can fix. All expenses related to adware damage come out of YOUR
pocket, not the advertiser.
Removal Of Adware
I'm going to let you in on a little secrŽt that many in this industry don't
want you to know: You Do Not have to spend any money to detect and
deal with Adware because the best product out there is FrŽe. Yes, I said Free,
and it amazes me how many people are spending their hard earned money to detect
Adware...but as I explained earlier, there is a lot of confusion regarding the
subject of spyware.
Look what Andrew Brandt from PC World wrote about all these so called spyware
Some anti-Spy Software companies use confusing ads, and our tests show their
$20-$60 products are less effective than frŽe competitors... Andrew Brandt
From the December 2004 issue of PC World magazine
You've almost certainly encountered the ads: A dialog box pops up on your
system bearing the message Warning! Your computer may be infected with Spy
Software and suggesting that you scan your computer immediately.
ClÔck it, and you often reach a Web site providing a frŽe Spy Software
scanner that finds all sorts of malware on your PC--and then offers to sell you
software that will clean it all up. Should you buy these products?
Based on our tests, our opinion is no.
Following complaints from several PC World readers, we tested seven
heavily advertised Spy Software-removal tools--
Pal Spy Software Remover
Spy Software Stormer
and found that none were as effective as reputable frŽe products such as
SpyBot Search & Destroy. Andrew Brandt PC World Magazine...
Here's what some of the leading experts are saying about FrŽe SpyBot:
Spybot Search and Destroy is adaptable for both beginning and power users, Bruce
Stewart CNET Editor.
Spybot: A powerful, easy to use tool for detecting, removing, and preventing
So folks, don't waste your monŽy on Adware Spyware detectors, just do like
Andrew Brandt says and get your frŽe copy of SpyBot
There are a lot of companies imitating SpyBot and tricking customers into
thinking they are going to the SpyBot website when they are really going to a
competitor who wants to cash in on SpyBot's popularity.
Adware Prevention (Careful what browser your using)
Many people are unaware that they can get adware deposited on their computer
by simply visiting a website with an insecure browser. To help prevent new
adware from making its way onto your machine when you surf the net, I recommend
FireFox. FireFox is the latest cutting-edge browser designed for simplicity and
To download your free copy, visit Mozilla.org.
Four Easy Steps To Spy Proof Your Computer
1. Look for hardware keyloggers attached to the keyboard input.
2. Download your copy of SpyBot from Safer-Networking.org.
3. Download your copy of SpyCop SpyCop.org.
4. Download your copy of FireFox browser Mozilla.org.