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Privacy Watch: What Your Antivirus Software Won't Tell You


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There may be software on your PC that hides itself like a virus, silently keeps tabs on your PC like a virus, and e-mails the data to the person who planted it like a virus. So why does your antivirus program not tell you about it? Good question.

For years, some people have used PC surveillance products to keep tabs on other people, much of it for legitimate purposes--by businesses that want to enforce computer policies, for instance. But they're becoming popular with jealous spouses and data thieves for spying on people.  

These programs can run hidden from the user, recording every keystroke, taking pictures of the desktop, and quietly sending the information to another party on the Internet.


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