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New important tool for protecting your Privacy..

Last week, a 30 year old man from London was convicted for installing spying software on women's computers and utilizing their webcams to spy on the women remotely. 

Aldrew Meldrum, 30, was convicted on 3 counts of unauthorized access to computer material and 2 counts of voyeurism, and will be sentenced on Monday, April 14th.  Under the ruse of helping them with computer troubles, Meldrum installed spying software to monitor the activities of the women in private. One of the victims, 21, call the police in November of 2012, as she had found software on her computer that allowed the webcam to be accessed remotely. The woman notified a friend of hers after the discovery, as the friend had also had work done by Meldrum, and she also found the software as well. She in turn told another friend whose computer he had worked on and, surprise surprise, she had it as well. Police estimate the software was installed and running for almost 15 months. 

This is far from the first time a problem like this has been discovered. These problems are more prevalent than most realizes, and you need to be prepared to deal with it. There are several things you can do to protect yourself. Here are a few:

1. Have your repairs performed by a respected, licensed company.

2. Look for technicians known to your friends and family, those with reputations for integrity. 

3. Take time to look through you computer after the repair, for programs or software you do not recognize. 

All of these are great ideas, but unfortunately, in today's world, you can never be too careful. Even following all these instructions, you could still run into problems. there is however, a tool you can buy that is incredibly effective in preventing unwanted webcam viewing. This highly technological tool has the ability to prevent unwanted viewing of your webcam no matter how hidden the software is, or the complexity of its design. This too will beat every piece of webcam spying software ever made. Whether it is a pervy snooper or the NSA, no one can beat it. You can buy it at almost any grocery store or Walmart, and surprisingly, it is incredibly inexpensive. It is called Electrical Tape. A small, 1/4"x1/4" square of electrical tape placed over the camera will block it completely. It is a simple, inexpensive fix that ensures you are protected no matter what. 

Electrical Tape. Buy you some. 

Electrical Tape. Buy you some. 

TerroristBox Live? World of Terrorcraft? NSA Agents posed as players to monitor gaming communities..

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No, that is not a sensationalist headline, nor a joke. According to yet more documents released by Edward Snowden, the NSA has been sending real life agents into online RPG's and other games to pose as players to monitor for and root out potential terror threats. Yup. According to The Guardian, Xbox Live was the second biggest service to be targeted. According to James Ball of The Guardian, "The agencies (the NSA and its UK sister agency GCHQ), the documents show, have built mass-collection capabilities against the Xbox Live console network, which boasts more than 48 million players. Real-life agents have been deployed into virtual realms, from those Orc hordes in World of Warcraft to the human avatars of Second Life. There were attempts, too, to recruit potential informants from the games' tech-friendly users." The 2008 documents, titled Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments, describe gaming communities as "target-rich communications network" where intelligence targets could "hide in plain sight". Xbox Live was an obvious choice for the agencies. Of puzzling rationale, the security agencies reasoned that games could yield vast amounts of intelligence, giving agencies a door to commit hacking attacks through. This would give them access to "buddylists and interaction", and to collect target identifiers like profile photos, geolocation, and to collect communications. 

According to the NSA, a key necessity of the program was communications monitoring, because of "the potential for them to be used to communicate anonymously: Second Life was enabling anonymous texts and planning to introduce voice calls, while game noticeboards could, it states, be used to share information on the web addresses of terrorism forums."

Interestingly and not surprising though, the documents show that the surveillance never actually foiled an plots, nor were they able to even establish that ANY terror group had used gaming and virtual communities within to communicate as the intelligence agencies confidently predicted. 

Blizzard Entertainment, makers of World of Warcraft, said that neither security agency had ever asked for it's permission to gather intelligence inside their game, while Microsoft, simply declined to comment.