Monthly Archives: July 2018

All About Computer Keylogger Software

If you want to know what someone is doing on the computer, you have the option of installing computer keylogger software. This type of software will monitor all actions taken on your PC, including keystrokes and any actions performed on a keyboard.

Installing computer keylogger software can keep you informed about which websites your children or spouse are visiting. It can record snapshot like pictures called “screenshots” and then report back to you via a log or email.

Another great thing about computer keylogger software is that it can keep track of all downloads and any changes to your hard drive whether by you or someone else in your house. It will keep track of everything in an encrypted file and run in the background, being undetectable to other users of your computer.

Computer keylogger software can be a very useful tool if you are concerned about websites that other computer users in your home are visiting. Capturing screenshots and information about that particular website can help you to make important decisions about what to do next. It is possible to install parental controls on a computer; however, kids these days are more computer savvy and can sometimes bypass these controls. If you have the proof in an encrypted log, you can have a frank and open discussion with them about their choices.

Dangerous predators lay in wait to contact your children in chatrooms. You can review the chat logs and provide them to the appropriate authorities. These types of keylogger software are not detectable with spyware detection programs and they can be easily downloaded an installed on your computer.

If you forget a password, a keylogger can help you to recover it quickly and easily. The log reports can usually be automatically deleted after they have been emailed to you to an off site email address. Monitoring your computer has never been easier.

The Startling Truth About Computer

Isn’t it odd to be talking about computer eye strain? It almost feels like contriving something about the digital phenomenon that is transforming all our lives. 15 years ago most people could not even turn on a computer. Today it would be difficult (probably impossible) for me to think of 5 people that are not using any digital device at all. And it has all happened in less than two decades.

However, computer eye strain is not imaginary or contrived. It is the physical effect of living in Digitalia (my coinage for the digital universe we now inhabit). CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome) is the medically recognized eye malady for computer eye strain. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health defines it as “eye strain associated with prolonged computer use.”

The startling truth is that up to 93% of all computer users will experience CVS according to American Optometric Association (AOA) estimates. Nearly everyone that uses a computer for as little as 2 hours a day will notice some of these symptoms sooner or later. So we are talking about almost every man, woman, and child in the country. The journal Computers in Human Behavior recently published a paper titled “Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS): a widely spreading but largely unknown epidemic among professional and ordinary computer users”.

So the phenomenon is just beginning to percolate to our consciousness but will part of our lives into the future. Just as print brought about the requirement for and invention of spectacles so will the mighty pixel bring about its own range of remedies and solutions.

A survey of optometrists by the AOA indicated that 10 million primary eye care examinations are provided annually in this country primarily because of visual problems with computer screens at an approximate cost of two billion dollars. And this survey was before the advent of other digital devices like cell phones, PDAs, netbooks, Kindles, etc! CVS is 4 times more likely to require a medical consult that any of the repetitive strain injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, de Quervain’s disease, and trigger finger among others.

So computer eye strain is very widespread and is here to stay. The good news is that CVS is easily remedied. I have written a number of articles here on Ezine about methods to reduce or prevent CVS and there is other information available in what I expect will be a growing field of information and disinformation into the future.

Great Movies About Computers

Plenty of great movies about computers have come out since these smart machines began playing such a huge role in humans’ lives. Filmmakers have created fictional, factual and documentary-style movies about artificial intelligence, gaming, hacking, online communications, programming, viruses, web sites and other subjects relating to computers. Even films about war and supernatural themes have focused on computers. The following list includes some of the great movies about computers with a brief description of what they are about:

AI: As the name implies, this is the story of a future world where Artificial Intelligence is possible, and a childlike android has been programmed to love.

Hackers: A 1990s film starring a young Angelina Jolie, depicting a young group of hip hackers and all the trouble they get into during a corporate extortion conspiracy.

The Terminator Series: About a cyborg (half man, half computer) who comes back in time to kill Sarah Conner.

The Matrix Series: The story of a future world where computers have taken over and are using humans for power, keeping our minds tapped into a virtual world to distract us from the grim reality that our bodies are all part of an elaborate feeding system.

Office Space: The group of software programmers and IT guys in this cult classic devise a plan to use a computer virus to get one over on the company they work for. Short Circuit: The story of a walking, talking robot (named Johnny 5) with a heart; he can be your friend!

Star Trek (First Contact, Generations, Insurrection, Nemesis): All of these Star Trek and Star Trek Next Generation films include themes of artificial intelligence and computer technologies that were not possible at the time of their making.

Tron: This early 1980s movie was one of the first to use computer graphics; the complex story includes themes of hacking, software programming, gaming and more. You’ve Got Mail: This modern love story is all about meeting and getting to know your romantic match online.

These aren’t the only movies about computers that have made an impact on our box offices and our society, but these are definitely some of the greatest.

We Warn About Computer Hacking

This time we decided to write about a very important and always very relevant topic when talking about computers – hacking. Nowadays, world hacking is seen as something very negative and dangerous. But is it? Or are there hackers out there that are harmless? Well, to start, we will explain two basic types of hackers.

Type number one, the one with negative connotations, brings hackers that people sometimes have nightmares about – hackers with bad intentions. These type of hackers could potentially be very dangerous because their goal is to hack into personal or corporate systems and change (usually financial) data, steal personal information (identity theft), break security codes or even hack into highly protected governmental systems. For individual users, the most dangerous is stealing personal information, such as credit card numbers and security codes.

This could be done by implanting a virus or worm into someone’s system, but also by direct hacking (entering) into someone’s computer. By doing that, hackers have access to all your personal and private data that you save on your computer, but also that your computer saves itself (history of surfing, passwords, etc.). We do not have to tell you what happens if a hacker finds your credit card numbers and its code -basically his party begins. We are not saying that buying online is very dangerous and you should not do it, what we are saying is that no matter of what, you have to have your computer well protected. And this is where we can help you. You have to be aware of potential danger whenever you start surfing, and that a lot of pages contain worms or viruses that can harm your computer. Therefore, we always recommend monthly maintenance of your computer.

Type number two, and probably the more interesting type of hackers in the world of hacking, can be seen as ‘goodfellas’. They often see hacking as a form of art and an opportunity to show their abilities while not harming other computers. Hackers of this type that show extremely high level of expertise in this area often end up in big companies or governmental institutions working on exactly the opposite task – discovering ‘holes’ in the system and preventing hackers to enter it. There are some success stories of young minds who were just playing around and hacking systems from IBM or the Pentagon that ended up working for them. And when we say young minds, we mean they are literally young. We have to admit that there is much to admire if a 13 or 14-year-old teenager breaks into Pentagon’s system. In this case, there were probably no bad intentions; it was just a matter of showing off to their friends. There is no doubt that they are caught, however their life usually takes another turn at that point and their knowledge and gift are used to protect, instead of destroy.

After breaking hacking down into these two groups, we can clearly see that not all hacking is directed towards taking advantage of one’s computer. In fact out of all hackers, only small percentage is malicious. This is the group we fight against by protecting your computers and if too late, cleaning computers, recovering data, or even repairing damage. This type of hackers can cause a lot of problems and damage while heading towards their goal, and therefore, your computer’s protection always needs to be at its best. Surf safely until our next article!