Shame on Windows Secrets Newsletter
I’m a big fan of all the folks who publish the Windows Secrets Newsletter but today an article by Scott Dunn gave me chills. Scott reviewed a number of keylogging programs under the premise of good parenting.
“Are your kids visiting sites you disapprove of, or is your schnauzer making unauthorized purchases of doggie biscuits on eBay?”
Scott did his homework on the functionality of keyloggers but neglected to understand how often these programs are used for malicious intent. In my own research, I spent a great deal of time listening to the folks at NNEDV(National Network to End Domestic Violence). If Scott had talked with anyone who deals with domestic violence he would understand just how horrible and dangerous these programs are. Their primary customers are not parents.
These programs know they’ll be used for no good and try to ease their guilt with weak warnings. They are not a replacement for proper parental supervision. The risk and degree of pain caused by the evil use of these programs doesn’t make up for any legitimate usage.
When I was researching keyloggers to verify WinPatrol would detect them I couldn’t help but laugh at the following disclaimers.
Aside from this faux pas, I still recommend the Windows Secrets Newsletter. They’ve given some good reviews of my efforts with WinPatrol in the past. They also announced that Fred Langa is coming out of retirement and will be contributing again which was the best news in today’s newsletter.
Thanks to all my friends on Twitter who helped me figure out how to spell “faux pas”.