Did you know your own computer is syping on you? Did you know that every click you make on your windows start menu is logged to a hidden, encrypted database in your computer?
People ARE spying on you!! Companies are beginning to check contents of their employees computers after working hours. Have you been surfing and sending email during working hours? Would your boss approve of this? If not, your job could be in jeopardy.
Think this sounds a bit outrageous?
--- July 2000 --- FACT: 50 Workers At Dow Chemical Co.'s Headquarters Site In Michigan were fired and another 200 were Disciplined for distributing, downloading or saving pictures that were either pornographic or violent in nature.
FACT: Merck Fired Two Workers And Disciplined Several Dozen Others for what Company called "Inappropriate Use Of The Internet."
FACT: Xerox Corporation, Fired 40 workers and The New York Times terminated 23 employees at a Data Processing Center for similar offenses.
--- January 5, 2001 --- Leading Insurance Company Royal and Sun Alliance sacked 10 people and suspended at least 77 over distribution of "Lewd" E-mails.
Your computer keeps records of both your online and off-line activities. Everything you do is recorded. If you view web pages, movies or videos, play .wav or .midi files....it is all recorded to your hard drive! Did you know that when you do a search on internet, this search information is recorded to hidden, encrypted files on your PC? Do you really know what's been downloaded or hidden on your computer?
Forensic analysis has become technologically superior in finding evidence of all sorts. They can remove your PC's hard drive and discover things about you that you probably didn't even know was there. Things you "thought" you deleted. You might think you've cleaned out all your sensitive files, but truth is, many of them are still there.
Peter Constantine of Data Discovery http://www.teleport.com/~peterc/ ) says that "....today's computers are "grabbing material and tucking it away in little pigeonholes... The user has no idea that data is out there."
Digital Intelligence, Inc, http://www.digitalintel.com/freddie.htm ) has developed F.R.E.D.D.I.E. (F)orensic (R)ecovery of (E)vidence (D)evice (I)nterrogation (E)quipment which is portable and can be used in a crime scene (or any other time for that matter) to recover data from a multitude of electronic devices including, hard drives, CD's, Floppys, Zip drives and tape cartridges.
Skeptical person that I am, I decided to do an experiment to find out exactly HOW MUCH hidden stuff really was on my computer. If you are a Windows 95/98 user, try this experiment yourself.