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Who’s watching? August 29, 2007

Posted by ctcoberon in Uncategorized.

First, three very important notices! On Wednesday 5th September (11am) the CTC will conducing a Free Cyber Safety Workshop with the final two workshops in the series for this year to be conducted on Wednesday 3rd October and 7th November 2007 at 11am. If you are a parent, grandparent or guardian this is the Workshop you should not miss. Booking are essential. Second, for those who wish to take advantage of the Federal Government’s Free Internet Filter go to www.netalert.gov.au and download the appropriate filter for your operating system. And third, entries in our pre-loved Digital Camera give-away (open for all Oberon Junior School Children) have started to roll-in, and remember, entries close on Friday 28th September 2007.  

Our last article was all about Forensic Software i.e. how to recover or erase sensitive computer data. This week it’s all about who’s watching you when you are online! Did you know that when you go to a web-site it can get your IP address and determine who your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is and possibly where it (and you) are located? It can also track you as you move through the site, figure out your operating system, how often you visit, even how many hours your computer’s been on. Plus, advertisers on the site can track your movements as you go from site to site. Also, as you browse or surf the Internet, what you’re doing is readily apparent to your ISP (Internet Service Provider).

In addition, Web Browsers, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) applications, IM and VoIP applications, Media Players, Microsoft Office, Email programs, Desktop Search Applications and other miscellaneous programs like Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Flash with all leave traces on your computer about what you have been doing online.

The good news is there is software available that can eliminate all the problems described above. Software, that will mask your real IP address, remove all personal and financial information i.e. credit-card details, and run in secure-mode so that no one, not even your ISP can tell where you have been and what you have been doing! To find out more about privacy software go to (http://privacy-software-ratings.com). Most privacy software is commercial software costing between US$30 and US$100. Please note, in most cases it is recommended for privacy software to do it job effectively you must use your computer as the Administrator.

Many thanks to Frank Paterson (Oberon CTC PC-Forum) and the Pine Rivers Computer Club Inc. (QLD) for material used in this article.  

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