Privacy Watch
November 25, 2002
Privacy Invading "Privacy Control" Software

Now there's "privacy control" software that claims it can capture every click, email, and chat thread by those cheating husbands and wifes pretending to work late on the computer all of the time. (C'mon now. We all know what they're really up to.)

Now all we need is an influx of marriage counselors to deal with the severe situations that will undoubtedly be caused by snooping wives and husbands screwing things up on their spouses' computers while trying to install and use this crap. "You deleted my last two weeks of work because....why?"

What was even creepier is was the spam they sent me -- which I clicked on unknowingly because it looked like a privacy-related domain:

This kind of product also reinforces the backwards concept that by invading someone elses privacy, you are somehow protecting or "controlling" your own privacy. (Or in this case, your family's "security.")

Here is the text of the ad when the link inevitably goes bad (it was sent to me via spam):


Find Out Who They Are Chatting/Emailing With All Those Hours!!!

Protect your family on the Internet
Make sure they are being safe on the Internet with Privacy-Control Monitoring Software.
Privacy-Control will hide on your computer and secretly record all instant messages, chat, email, web sites and more! Once you install it, it becomes completely invisible. Then, after the computer is used, you just enter a secret key-sequence, and you can see everything that happened!

Why wonder what is going on...? Let Privacy Control make internet safe for your family.

* Records BOTH SIDES of chat, instant messages and email.
* Records INCOMING and OUTGOING Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL and more.
* Works in total secrecy.... cannot be bypassed or detected by user. Will not slow down the computer

With Privacy-Control you can record:

* AOL Instant Messenger
* MSN Messenger
* All web sites visited
* All keystrokes type

* Web based email
* Compuserve
* AOL mail, version 5, 6 and 7

Privacy Control will NOT show up anywhere in the START menu, there will be no icons for it, and it won't even show up in the CTRL-ALT-DELETE menu. Only you can access it with a special key sequence/password.

Please visit us at for more information.

Have peace of mind for ONLY $19.95. You can order securely and pay no shipping since it is a direct download!

Click Here To Order

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11314 Ventura Blvd Suite #141
Studio City, CA 91604

Or by Phone (213) 216 8305

Posted by Lisa at November 25, 2002 07:27 AM | TrackBack
Me A to Z (A Work In Progress)

I looked up the address on a couple search engines after I received that email, "This is the link I told u about" bye" and came up with which in turn I searched on their page and it listed these results; One way to try to get business. I thought it was a virus. Just as bad I guess.

Posted by: penny on December 2, 2002 06:43 PM
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