Privacy is one of those things, like water and air (and electricity in California),
that you don't think about too much until it's gone. But once you lose it or it's in short
supply, you realize just how important it is.
--Carlton Vogt, InfoWorld.com
The year 2001 saw an increase in the number of intrusion attempts against my computer so
I started generating my webpages on a quarterly basis. Then around the first of August
2001 the volume of intrusion attempts increased dramatically.
Average Per Day
2001 1st Qtr
2001 2nd Qtr
2001 3rd Qtr
I can pinpoint the time somewhat by examining the the Zone Alarm Log. The last 3 days
of July 2001 my log averaged 5 hits a day. The first 3 days of August 2001 my log
averaged 35 hits a day! The last 3 days of October 2001 my log averaged 107 hits per day!!
What's going I am not sure.
This spyware/adware comes built into some software programs sold by
They say the
technology was designed to provide additional content to our consumers, i.e.: screen
savers, product updates, special discount programs. My big complaint is
that it phones home too often. My experience was this: it phoned home 1,769
times in a 20 hour period of time! Sometimes it phoned home up to 15 times a
second! What's up with that? I don't pay for a high speed broadband connection
to the internet to allow rogue programs like Br°dcast to tie up my bandwidth.
- determines your IP address, gobs of info about your
browser & plugins, your ISP, network & domain Browser Check
- Does Your Browser Make Your Email Address? PC Pit Stop
- runs diagnostics on your PC to identify things that might help