Although news coverage of the scandal has died down a bit, I’m sure you’ve all heard of General David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
This scandal reminded us at Raxco that online privacy is really nonexistent. Now, you probably don’t have the FBI breathing down your neck — and we don’t assume any Raxco friends or customers are looking to cover up any wrongdoing — but there is another way Petraeus’ affair could have been discovered (by the wrong people) and this is something that can affect your basic personal online privacy too.
The Other Way Petraeus Could Have Been Caught
In a nutshell, the affair between these two married people was discovered by the FBI during an investigation into a harassment case involving Petraeus’ mistress and another woman. The details of the investigation show just how easy it is for an organization with the right tools to uncover individual web browsing and website login activities. But there is another privacy issue at hand: it’s not just the FBI that can find out what you’re doing online. Certain activity-logging programs, like keyloggers, are written to exploit your assumption of privacy.
It was discovered that Petraeus and Broadwell were using a single webmail account to write draft emails to each other, saving the draft for the other to view and delete upon reading, so there would be no actual trail of sent and delivered emails for authorities to track down.
Sounds like a clever strategy but the problem with this was two-fold:
- They were actually caught by the FBI.
- If they weren’t caught by the FBI, the very real threat a of keylogger would have not only discovered the email account (and login website, username and password) but the exact wording of each and every email drafted, saved and deleted.
Now, think about this in terms of your daily computer activities — browsing the Internet, writing emails, logging into financial accounts or conducting personal business on any computer (at home, at work or on a public computer).
How Do You Know if You’re Protected?
Raxco’s PerfectGuard ensures that you’re protected against multiple activity-logging malware; you can even test your existing security software to see if it is actually protecting you from some of these threats:
- Keyloggers (capture everything you type into your keyboard)
- Screenloggers* (see everything you see on your PC)
- Webcam Loggers (see everything your webcam sees, whether it’s on or off)
- Clipboard Loggers (capture all the data you copy and paste)
- SSL Loggers* (capture pre-encryption data on seemingly secure websites)
The majority of antivirus software cannot detect zero-day malware (programs so new that there are no protections built to protect against them) so if your antivirus fails any of the three tests, you need a multi-antilogger program to patch up your existing security software’s vulnerabilities.
PerfectGuard actively blocks these activity-logging programs and alerts you to each one as they are blocked in real-time. Protect everything you type into your keyboard, view on your computer monitor, record with your webcam and copy and paste using your computer clipboard.