Feeds

Net monitor exposes users' online actions

Big Brother is watching you surf

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

A French Internet company reckons it's devised the ultimate research tool to find out what people are really doing online. NetValue has teamed up with information provider Taylor Nelson Sofres to develop a monitoring system that is completely invisible to ordinary users. Once the software is installed it monitors every single keystroke a user makes, recording the online habits of those who've volunteered to be scrutinised so closely. Freeserve, Trinity Mirror Group, Microsoft and Yahoo! are among a number of companies queuing up to subscribe to NetValue's research. Although the under-the-microscope survey has only been running for a month or so in the UK, NetValue has come up with some interesting stats. For instance, 98.9 per cent of those surveyed in the UK use the Net to access the Web; 11.3 per cent inhabit chat rooms; 40.5 per cent loiter around newsgroups and 21.6 per cent indulge in instant messaging. Despite the 'Big Brother' approach, Alki Manian, NetValue's UK and Ireland MD, says that this approach provides a true picture of what people are really doing on the Net. As proof, he said around half of all Web sites visited were adult sites. Could this be a cyber form of exhibitionism? ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.