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Software That Lets You Spy

Boot Camp feature for Tuesday, January 16, 2001

Software that lets you spy. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. It's a software package designed to let employers monitor what their employees are doing with company computers... or allow parents to check up on their kids. Spector secretly takes screen snapshots so you can see what's going on. But according to Spectorsoft President Doug Fowler..

"What we found out about six to nine months into selling the software is that we had a lot of people who were using it to find out whether their husband or wife was cheating on them or going into chat rooms and having intimate affairs with strangers. And today, it's become clear that more than fifty percent of our market is from that particular segment, suspicious spouses."

Version 2.1 sells for under seventy dollars and says Fowler, it includes what he calls super stealth capabilities...

"That make it very difficult to circumvent the program. But we also added a sort of companion product to Spector called eBlaster which actually allows you to have the screen snapshots and recordings automatically sent to you at another email address so that, for example, you can monitor your children while you're still at work and their home from school."

Fowler says the company encourages users to inform the people using the computer that their actions are being monitored. You can find more information at Spectorsoft.com. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.