Spy Vs Spy Vs Spy

Written by Luigi Di Serio

A quick overview onrepparttar evolution of keyloggers and spy software and their “antispy” counterpart --------------

They started off as tiny, little programs that computer geeks and programmers used to log and monitor keystrokes for personal use, but eventually someone realized that these applications known as “keyloggers” would be one ofrepparttar 142878 easiest applications to market onrepparttar 142879 web. The FBI already used a program known as “magic lantern”, butrepparttar 142880 public did no become aware of such programs until later.

Until Mikkotech (http://www.mikkotech.com) made onerepparttar 142881 first keystroke recorders available torepparttar 142882 general public called “KeyKey Monitor,” which was used primarily as a security and back-up application, available on a handful of shareware sites.

Enter a scheming marketer. They cut a deal with Mikkotech, promising to sell their product like wildfire if they gave them reseller rights. So Mikkotech concurred. This unnamed reseller (marketer) registeredrepparttar 142883 domain name KeyKey.com (now gone because of legal reasons), but still owns KeyKeyMonitor.com (which sells a highly overpriced and outdated version ofrepparttar 142884 program). Then an unnamed reseller used Clickbank (http://www.clickbank.com) to promoterepparttar 142885 software started selling like hotcakes. But that was justrepparttar 142886 beginning.

Clickbank was one ofrepparttar 142887 web’s first affiliate networks and is still one ofrepparttar 142888 largest. This reseller placed an affiliate program on Clickbank offering a totally, royalty-free reseller rights to anyone who boughtrepparttar 142889 KeyKey application from them. On their site, KeyKey was marketed as a tool to:

1.Find out what your spouse is doing online 2.Monitor your employees 3.Monitor your children 4.Stop intruders and internal data-theft 5.Back-up your work

Numbers 1, 2 and 3 sparked interest in just about every visitor.

But web marketers jumped all overrepparttar 142890 opportunity to get their own brand of KeyKey (with royalty-free resell rights) to sell and programmers made their own versions of Keyloggers and marketed them inrepparttar 142891 same way. These programs very quickly infiltratedrepparttar 142892 web. Programmers were breaching copyrights, stealing codes. Before keystroke monitoring software was created, web spying for under $50.00 wasn’t possible.

These various newly branded “spy software” programs eventually became more professional-looking and efficient, monitoring more than simply keystrokes. Virtual Imagination made a program called Snap Shot Spy (http://www.snapshotspy.com) that used a different approach: It took screen shots of your PC and let you look atrepparttar 142893 images to monitor activity. But this was considered to be primitive by many, because it took up too much disk space and slowed down one’s computer. That technology is more efficient today, however, spy software has continuously evolved.

Inrepparttar 142894 late 90’s, Spectorsoft (http://www.spectorsoft.com/) and Spytech Web maderepparttar 142895 two most robust, feature-rich programs that have been copied for years and still are imitated to this day. Their programs were: Spector, Eblaster and SpyAgent (http://www.spyagent-spyanywhere.com). These programs are amazing! They monitor and capture everything: Keystrokes, screenshots, passwords, web sites visited, applications used, Instant Messenger conversations, hidden windows, mouse clicks and more. They monitor every aspect ofrepparttar 142896 PC. Best of all, they run in stealth mode: The program is not visible inrepparttar 142897 start menu, Ctrl-Alt-Del will not showrepparttar 142898 program running and there is no folder for it. And if by flukerepparttar 142899 program is found, it’s password-protected. Ifrepparttar 142900 logs are found, they’re encrypted!

There are also specialized products like ChatBlocker (http://www.chatblocker.com), that is specifically designed to monitor Instant Messengers, and pop3 and web-based e-mail spy software products, like Webmail Spy, EmailSpy Pro and EmailObserver all found on Email Spyware (http://www.emailspyware.com).

Spy Vs. Spy The software facilitated online spying and made it available and easy-to-use forrepparttar 142901 general public. And it was almost impossible to get caught. That has since changed. After Trojans and Virus Worms ran rampant acrossrepparttar 142902 web and e-mail systems inrepparttar 142903 early 90s, there was an explosion in what market? Anti-Virus of course!

Anti-keyloggers quickly becamerepparttar 142904 product to combatrepparttar 142905 growing number of spy programs available torepparttar 142906 public. Privacy was being abolished and it was not atrepparttar 142907 hands ofrepparttar 142908 CIA, NSA or James Bond (who supposedly do it for their profound love of our great Western nations), but atrepparttar 142909 hands of our spouses, neighbours, parents and employers. Sure there are some instances where keyloggers come in handy, butrepparttar 142910 anti-spy software market was just too much of a goldmine for developers to ignore.

Will You Be Able to Recover from CFS (Corrupted File Syndrome)?

Written by Cavyl Stewart

After you’ve finally recovered fromrepparttar shock of your hard drive crash, you’ll have to beginrepparttar 142686 process of recovering your files. It’s not a fun task, but somebody has to do it. You can pay a lot of money to hirerepparttar 142687 expertise, or you can do it yourself using software made especially for this type of situation.

Take a bit of comfort knowing that if there’s software to handle this situation, you’re not alone in needing it! It’s important to understand that there are different levels of corruption that can occur on your computer.

You can have a complete hard drive failure which will disintegrate everything installed on your system. Then there is individual file corruption which can still ruin your day.

When an individual file is corrupted, it means thatrepparttar 142688 program that managesrepparttar 142689 file is unable to access it. Without access,repparttar 142690 file becomes corrupted. There are many ways a file can become corrupted.

There might be a bad spot on your hard drive thatrepparttar 142691 file attempted to write to. There are diagnostic programs you can run periodically to fix these bad spots, but most small business owners just don’t do that. Ifrepparttar 142692 bad spots are not fixed, and repparttar 142693 file gets written to it or partially written to it, that file is officially corrupted. (However, you probably won’t know this untilrepparttar 142694 next time you go to open that file!)

Power surges are another big culprit involved in corrupting files. If a power surge strikes atrepparttar 142695 moment you are attempting to open a file, close a file or write to a file,repparttar 142696 file will become corrupted.

Accidentally kickingrepparttar 142697 big, red power switch on your CPU likely will corrupt whatever files were open at that time. Viruses are notorious for wreaking havoc on your files as are any number of other unexpected and unexplainable gremlins that attach to your pc on a daily basis.

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