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Paranoid About the New Zip Drive Computer Loggers

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    Keith Jaxson
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    I was watching Dallas a few weeks ago and the evil brother of the sister that was married to Bobby’s son had a zip drive that you could plug into the computer and get access to people’s files.  I have clicked on a few ads marketing this product, but always had other things to do and could never read too much about them.  Now, I’m in a situation where I don’t particularly trust all the people around me, and I am wondering if it’s possible for them to just plug the thing into my computer and log my information.

    I have a username and password on in the beginning, so I can’t see how the software could install itself through that, but I am in no way a computer genius.  Should I be concerned about this product?  I really don’t want people to have access to my bank records, user names and passwords.  I hope to be moving out of this situation soon, but until that time, I try to lock everything up when I can’t monitor it and be extra careful.  I remember the website said that it can log your information after just plugging it in, but I can’t remember the site.

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    security43

    Dude, I actually had to make a few phone calls for this one. On one call, a girl answered and connected me to the "product specialist department," then she proceeded to put me on hold for like 10 minutes.  I decided to call back and try to get the department directly.  Well, when I called the phone call was ignored and I went straight to voice mail.  I love it when these online mom and pop operations create an air of professionalism and large company volume only to squash it within a few minutes’ time.  Anyway, I digress. 

    These things are a little scary to me, dude.  I kid you not, I was looking at them the same as you, just casually they started popping up on the security sites like a year or two ago and I thought, hmmm, that's not good in the wrong hands.

    But, then I came to that same question you did.  You'll be happy to know that you have to have administrative rights to the computer in order to install the software.  In order to get to the install screens, you have to get to the desktop, so folks that little 'ole password that you can put standard on your Windows is still essential. However, you have to take into consideration that a lot of the people that will be using these things are going to be close to you emotionally, so they might not be able to guess your password. 

    I'm a big believer that kids' parents should be able to monitor their computer time.  I think in this day and age, there is no other way to keep your kids safe.  I think that you just have to explain to kids what's out there at some point so that they understand what could happen to them and how that makes you feel.  Freedom's all good, but I want my kids to have their own kids, you know what I mean?  I think at some point, you have to let them know how much you love them and how much you want them to live.  That said. This is still a great little tool as a spy cam, I was just worried about some guy at Starbucks just slipping it in while I was under the table picking up papers.  So stuff like that is thankfully not an issue, dude if you’ve got a password on the log in page.

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