Cyber Snoopy Stuff
Chris Crawford's blog takes a look this morning at intrusive software that seems to be everywhere on the web nowadays. Despite having a firewall I still can't help but wonder if I have any spyware on this machine.
One of these days I'll have to try one of those free spyware search deals. I believe I used Zonelabs free spyware evaluator a year or so ago.
One thing I posted a comment on was his suggestion to use the System Restore function in Windows. I'd suggest only doing that as a lost resort. I used it a few years ago on my old E- Machines computer and it was a big headache.
The biggest problem was it never quite ran the same again. I finally fixed it months later by reformatting the hard drive.
Speaking of computer intrustions, not so sure to what to make of this:
Apparently a sixteen year old kid in Arizona was arrested for possessing child pornography on his computer and threatened with life in prison.
I'd have to question the "life in prison" aspect of this as this did involve a juvenile. I hardly think they'd be threatening life in prison for a kid in possession of dirty pictures. They'd have to try him as an adult, but, I guess you never know.
Despite the difficult reading, I found the story interesting. Supposedly some computer expert located some child porno on the family's computer. The blogger suggests it was weak evidence, with another computer expert supposedly finding " 200 infect files “so-called backdoors that allowed hackers to access the family computer from remote locations.”.
Boy, I don't know if that means 200 different trojan horses, or what, but I suppose it could be possible. According to Chris Crawford's blog "the average PC has some 70 or 80 items of spyware on it at any given time."
So, I suppose 200 isn't necessarily out of the question. Whether the porno was put on the family's computer is anyone's guess. Reading the blogger's account I'd have to say it was a pretty lame case, but he or she certainly seems to be predisposed against the prosecutor.
I couldn't help but wonder if the pictures in question were in the browser's cache?
At any rate, it is troubling to hear of what seems to be malicious prosecution, spyware and trojan horses aside. Not sure what exactly to do about malicious prosecution but to prevent stuff from being stuffed on your computer, a firewall certainly helps.
Zonelabs has a free firewall available. Give it a try.