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Cyber Spying Tracking Your Family's (Sometimes) Secret Online Lives

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A book by Ted Fair

This book shows everyday computer users how to become cyber-sleuths. It takes readers through the many different issues involved in spying on someone online. It begins with an explanation of reasons and ethics, covers the psychology of spying, describes … see full wiki

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Author: Ted Fair
Publisher: Syngress
1 review about Cyber Spying Tracking Your Family's (Sometimes)...

Interesting material that can be used or misused...

  • Apr 24, 2005
Cyber Spying - Tracking Your Family's (Sometimes) Secret Online Lives by Ted Fair, Michael Nordfelt, and Sandra Ring (Syngress) is one of those books that evokes some strong emotional reactions to the content...

Chapter List: Why Spy?; Spying Basics; Technology Overview: Computer Basics; Network Basics; Taking Control; Spying On The PC; Spying On Web Browsing; Spying On E-mail; Spying On Chat And Instant Messages; Advanced Techniques; Counterspy: Are You Being Watched?; Index

The authors cover a subject that may be controversial to some... how to spy on people's computer activities. Depending on when and how this is practiced, it could be construed as illegal or as a responsible parental activity. They start out explaining why spying might be necessary as well as the legal and ethical implications. There is also discussion about how overt and covert spying can be effectively utilized to get the results you're after. After that, there is coverage of the basics of computer technology for those who don't know much more than how to turn on the computer and read email. The rest of the book gets into techniques, software, and case studies of surveillance to explain how it all fits together.

From a technical perspective, the book is very interesting. If you need to find out more about the activities of your kids, this book will most definitely help you get there. But as with all information, it would be very easy to use this same information to spy on other people (like at work). The information on computer basics also seems to be somewhat unnecessary, but I need to remember that I'm probably not the target audience for some of this information. And even if you've been working with computer technology for some time, I'm sure you'll pick up some tips on how you can find out what's going on with your computer (or figure out how to cover your tracks more effectively).

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