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Time-and-attendance applications

5 May 2015

Time-and-attendance applications offer an alternative solution for companies worried about insufficient productivity of their employees.

The way these applications work is rather simple. Most of them save information about the open window (an application or a web-site) at any specific moment, computer’s operating time as well as the time the user was actually being active.

And as is the case with personnel monitoring systems, a mere mention of these programs causes a storm of emotions and opposite opinions.

Very often this is a sign of time-and-attendance applications being used heedlessly, at the wrong place and time or in an unbalanced manner. Instead of improving the situation, all this can potentially make it significantly worse.

Let’s see when using such programs is really justified or whether it will do more harm than good.

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How to find a stolen laptop, tablet or phone with the help of applications?

9 April 2015

Nowadays, we are hearing more and more news of how people are getting back their lost or stolen devices thanks to various software applications capable of disclosing identities and geographical location of thieves.


And it’s not just the iPhones that we’re talking about. The same happens to numerous Android and other OS devices, as owners of tablets and laptops are successfully getting them back.

Below is a brief overview of “antitheft” functions of different platforms and third-party software.

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Spy toy

28 January 2011

Illegal spyware has been recently found by Symantec experts in a free game for the Android platform distributed through the Android Market.

The application is called Tapsnake. It’s the Android version of the old “snake” game that also reads the user’s coordinates and sends them to its server every few minutes. Of course, the developers of the game didn’t mention it in the game description.

Location data are collected on a special server where they can be accessed using a tool called GPS Spy that costs $5. The program puts the coordinates onto a Google map and enables anyone to track the location of the person being monitored.

The Tapsnake spyware client was downloaded from the Android Market over 5000 times, while GPS Spy was purchased by 500 people.

Since the program needs access to the smartphone to detect the user’s coordinates and send them to the server and since the Android OS warns the user about the actions that can be performed by the program, this case is not much of a threat.

However, it is a good demonstration of a simple rule: beware of possible dangers – new technologies and possibilities are not always a 100% positive thing.

Developers of “spyware” software forced to yield

11 January 2011

The conflict between CyberSpy Software and the US Federal Trade Commission has been settled outside the courtroom. The conflict was caused by the developer’s violation of fair trade rules during the sales of RemoteSpy, its keylogging tool.

RemoteSpy was positioned as a comprehensive and impossible-to-detect spyware tool that was supplied with detailed installation instructions, including those for unauthorized installation.

The program is a typical keylogger with all the features of this type of programs: discreet interception of key presses, creation of screenshots, logging of IM chats and browsing history.

Despite the developers’ efforts, the program is still classified by many anti-virus tools as potentially dangerous spyware. For example, Kaspersky Labs software identifies it as riskware — a program capable of inflicting damage if used for illegal purposes.

The FTC forbade the use of provocative ad statements inciting users to use the program for illegal purposes. Consumers must be informed in advance about the responsibility for misusing this kind of software.

On the other hand, products must identify themselves in the system and have a functional installer with an option that allows the user to cancel the installation process. This will make illegal use highly problematic and won’t be an obstruction to using the program for legal purposes.

Once CyberSpy Software made the necessary changes in the product, the FTC allowed the company to resume the sales of RemoteSpy.

The home computer: one for the whole family

22 December 2010

Although many people already have several computers in the home, in the majority of families there is still just one computer. And often it is no longer the remote control, but rather the computer seat that causes those petty, but unpleasant, arguments.

This is not only linked to the computer’s increased role in our lives, but also to the fact that the needs, habits and skill levels are, as a rule, varied amongst different members of the family.

And the person who has to set up and maintain this computer must find a balance between two tasks:

  • creating conditions whereby none of the users will be prevented from completing their tasks,
  • protecting important files and ensuring long-term effective operation of the system.

The simplest solution that immediately comes to mind is to create different profiles for all users of the computer, with corresponding operating system access rights and tools.

Even this action, which does not take much time and has no cost, can have quite a good effect. But in practice, a number of problems continue to arise, and are best solved using third-party software. More »