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Need advice and help.

Hi
One of my clients is concerned that his teenage son is up to no good, been hanging out and talking to strange individuals and has been very secretive about his dealings on Face book. Is there a way to monitor his face book or get the password with a keylogger? I recommend my client a remote keylogger called remote spy(One of my friends has used on her kid's computer), but he said it's a little bit expensive.
Can somebody recommend some safe and preferable free one or give some advice please.
Thanks!!!

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just as i dont condone blocking commercial programs

i do not condone personal wiretapping either. the parents should be active in their childs life and should not have to spy on their own kin.

just my personal view

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Tough One

In all honesty this isn't really so much of a software issue as it is a parenting issue. It's also a very difficult issue, but if you want my two cents worth then the parent going behind the child's back will not reinforce an air of trust between the two.

The parent should be very clear about his/her concerns and try to address them with the child/minor. If the child/minor refuses to communicate then the parent must inform them of the steps they intend to take to safeguard their child. This could range from anything to monitoring their child's activity, limiting their access to fixed periods or time slots, to forbidding Internet access completely until the child agrees to some safety measures.

In terms of actual software, most free software I've found concerning monitoring and activity logging and/or filtering has been pretty dire. Even some commercial applications are terrible. I certainly don't know of any "portable" activity monitoring software. You could try something like Proxomitron or BF-Filter but those are very old. If you want keyloggers then try searching some of the software directories like softpedia, snapfiles, or majorgeeks etc.

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be wary

the keyloggers may report back to a mothership or they may turn the computer into part of a massive botnet.

BE VERY VERY CAREFUL

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Last solution to protect minor from some websites

I agree 100% with Darkbee. Please speak first to the minor and explain him your concerns to educate him/her and try to get a common agreement.

Next I would like to recommend two more measurements:

1) Restrict the online time by user on your router

2) Edit the host file from the computer used by entering the website name or IP address you don't want the minor will visit and redirect it to 127.0.0.1 (local machine) this will result in a failure message on the PC similar like "the site is currently not available..." The entry you need to do can look like

"www.sanction.xxx 127.0.0.1"
or
"111.222.333.444 127.0.0.1"

The host file on XP is located in "c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts"

Be sure that you enter all domains available (.com, .uk, .es etc.) to stay effective on the sanction - Kids are smart!

Now you have the "safety" that the minor can't access the site/s any longer so easy as before and the minor can't even complain to you as you have made an agreement with him/her before.

MK

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Even simpler is to use

Even simpler is to use opendns and setup website filtering. Its what I use.

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An interesting and recent

An interesting and recent development in China - Chinese province bans adults looking at youngsters' mobiles:

Adults banned from searching children's computers or phones under a new law passed in Chongqing, southwest China

And more on the same here - China's Chongqing adopts new law to prohibit parents from spying on offspring:

Under a new regional law aimed to protect the rights of children, parents will be forbidden from secretly searching through children's computers or cell phones for emails, diaries, web chats or short messages.

I was a bit surprised to hear this kind of news coming from People's Republic. And, though, of course all internet traffic is filtered on the mainland, it's still something to ponder on.

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relpy

"all internet traffic is filtered " Who tells you this?? LMAO

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C'est vrai

in Mainland China that is... AFAIK that's true. The Internet is heavily policed in China. Of course maybe that's just some kinda of new cold war propaganda. Blum

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THE GREAT FIREWALL OF CHINA

It exists and uses code from commercial programs and violates some copyrights. but its china... what are you gonna do about it Smile

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All software, code, planes

All software, code, planes trains and automobiles. If you bring something in to china to be made or sold, it becomes property of the state. This, they aren't violaating chinese copyright laws Blum

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BUT

they are violating internetional copyright with is protected. they are part of the international orginization that deals with such regulatory things.

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First of all i think that he

First of all i think that he should have benn with his son earlier so now he shouldnt expect nothing more and spying on his own son should be more very very shamefull. The parent and child connextion should be storng and he will not change a thing before he changes this bond. If he thinks that the password to his facebook will help in anything he is worng. He should pay more attention to the parenting then to play a hacker.

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Being A Parent

Great, free hand-guns for all kids aged 8 and up! Parents, rest easy, your work is done here.

Parents who are monitoring their child's Internet activities are not doing so because it's some hobbyist, hacking pastime, fulfilling the parents' needs for dictatorship-like authoritarianism. They are doing so to protect their children from potential threats like pedophiles and child murderers/rapists. I don't think there's anything wrong with that personally.

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the best way

the best way to be completely in control is by removing the internet from the childs life completly.

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it's also a good way to keep

it's also a good way to keep your computer secure from infections too Blum

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I never said it was right.

I never said it was right. But that's how it works.

Plus, considering everybody owes china so much . . . .

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