dealscapture every keystroke on any pc with the…

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If you're going to buy one, please don't use it on a computer for which you aren't authorized to run this tool. Plugging this into any work PC without direct written approval will get you fired, and plugging it into someone else's personal computer runs you the risk of getting sued. Additionally, if you access someone else's account on another system via harvested credentials (e.g. email, fb), the company can target you for legal action. In all of these cases, you can also be prosecuted under the computer fraud and abuse act, among many others.

Really, you probably have no business buying this short of monitoring the family computer, and that's only once you've told every adult who uses that computer that there's a keylogger running on it. The kids should also arguably be informed, but that's up to your parenting strategy. This tool is not worth the trouble for 99.9% of users, and the remaining 0.1% would benefit more from a PI.

Background: I do work in information assurance

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So, that comment above should cover people looking to use this for their own needs. Here's a quickie for those using this for business reasons (e.g. employers):

Certain communications are still protected regardless of whether you own the work computer or not. Health information is one example. If you're concerned about browsing habits, tools which monitor usage (bluecoat, websense, etc.) are far more appropriate. You don't want to be the employer who gets busted for harvesting passwords, and even as an employer with account credentials, you're still not authorized to access the account of the person whose credentials you just grabbed. No disclaimer in the world will guarantee that kind of access, and you don't want to be responsible for it either.

Long story short: talk to a lawyer. A lawyer should hopefully be able to talk you out of buying this for business use.

I'm not a lawyer, so don't seek me out for legal advice. I'm familiar with the laws because it's what I do for a living.

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"For members of the Woot community… just $39.95. Everyone else… $99.95. Just click on the link and your special discount will be taken at the cart." Tried. Doesn't work. Tried different browser, doesn't work. Tried different computer, doesn't work. Site prompts for email, supposedly for additional discount, also doesn't work.

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@williger: That's because the seller is using this very device to trace all of your info!

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I believe it may be illegal to use this device on any machine you don't own in some jurisdictions as well. Be careful.

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One last thing to worry about with a software keylogger like this.

Where exactly does it store all the data? Windows tries very hard to protect your passwords, but if you just record them all somewhere on the hard drive, what prevents any random person from coming along and rescuing them from wherever this software writes it and using them to hack you?

There's very little data on their website about how exactly the software is locked down. Not impressed.

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And clicking the given link does not take you to a page for this product. It simply takes you to the vendor's home page. It looks as if the vendor is just trying to drive traffic to their website, not really sell this product. In short, the vendor looks pretty bogus to me.

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In a time of growing concern about identity theft and IT security, I am somewhat surprised that Woot would allow this to be offered. Although it may be illegal in many jurisdictions, that would not stop many would be hackers from using a simplistic device to further their surreptitious intent.The analogy to guns can easily be made generating the necessity for regulation. If you are concerned about digital privacy, please complain to Woot not to foster illicit hacking by offering products such as this.

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It's not really "Any PC" when it is limited to Windows PCs.

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Legal questions aside, I think the stealth of this device would be enhanced with a bigger font on its label announcing its purpose. That, and a nice neon case.

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@imscience:
Since the instructions say "Plug it in, install the software, then remove the device and take it with you," I don't see that the logo has much relevance to the stealth of the device.

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I had a overly trusting client once, who had hired someone that they considered to be a close family friend. This close family friend handled the customer sales of the client's small business. After about a year, the client and his wife began to suspect that the family friend/employee wasn't being entirely honest with their money. A lot of the sales went through Paypal, so they tried to login to put their concerns to rest, only to find that they no longer had access. They had a couple customers complain that their orders had fallen through at this point. Since the family friend kept the sales records, he had falsified several, and even blatantly omitted several others. He wasn't very bright.

They confronted the man and he flatly denied that he had been stealing from the company and evaded questions about access to the Paypal account with a variety of stalling tactics. They immediately fired him, but needed access to the money in the Paypal account immediately to fulfill the...

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Really irresponsible of woot to put this up. Any invasion of privacy, especially one this explicit, is ethically wrong, no question about it.

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@williger: Same here. No luck with discount. Would buy, but it seems like these guys don't have their act together. How can they be trusted for a security product if they can't handle cookies?

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customer orders. The family friend had sworn over and over that they had no money in the Paypal account, but angry customers were calling in and claiming otherwise.

They owned the computer that the man worked on and gave me permission to do whatever I needed to do to legally regain access to their Paypal account for them as quickly as possible. I used a similar device to this one and had them convince the man that they felt that they had made a mistake and apologize. They invited him back with an apology bonus of some arbitrary amount of money.

Again, this man was no Stephen Hawking and was delighted to return. On his first day back, he logged into Paypal to check on his stolen funds. I retrieved the password, he was re-fired, reported to the police and, of course, did not receive his "apology bonus."

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Oh yeah, he had accumulated several thousands of dollars in their Paypal account. Oddly enough, he had never gotten around to moving any of it, since he felt that changing the password essentially made it "his account" and was confident they'd never be able to regain access through Paypal, apparently. Again, not the brightest individual.

They were working with Paypal, but that was back when getting any kind of help from them was like trying to draw blood from stone. It was difficult just to get in contact with someone, much less make any progress on a situation like this. Today, such a device wouldn't be needed for this scenario.

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I'm not sure that I understand the down-votes. My purpose for sharing that story was to demonstrate that while there are many unethical uses for devices like this, there are also legitimate ones. In this case, it saved a family's small business when they got in over their head because they were too trusting. They learned a hard, but valuable lesson from the experience were able to repair the damaged relationships with their clients because they didn't have to wait for Paypal's then-nonexistent support to sort this out for them.

You may not have dealt with Paypal in the early days, but their solution to most situations to simply freeze the account, preventing it from sending, receiving, or withdrawing funds until someone eventually got around to dealing with the case. Even then, the process was very painful and slow.

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@nb109:
No downvote from me! I clearly see the point of your story:

iBots don't cheat people; criminals with iBots cheat people.

Anyway, ethics aside, this vendor's discount doesn't seem to work, so it's a bad deal. There are lots of sources for keyloggers, and plenty of free keylogging software. So this offering was a bad deal at $99.99, and even at $39.99.

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@imscience: ROFL! Way to go! A label reading "Stealth" is really smart!

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Do not buy these to track what your spouse does online. My wife installed a keylogger on my computer a few years back and I found out about it. I had never given her any reason to be suspicious but her previous husband had cheated on her. The marriage was never the same after that and ended in divorce.

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Looks like the link is going to the right place now and pricing is correct.

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I have a keylogger on my personal computer (software based) that records every key I press. Rather than spying with it though, I use it for retracing steps I made over a year ago. It saves logs to my external HD and it has come in handy many times in the past. This is another legitimate use of keylogging software, however I think the "stealth" aspect is primarily what is being sold here, which seems questionable to me.

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I use a key logger for my kids. It's a life-saver for any working parent.

For me, it's completely above board. I tell my kids if they want a computer, I need to be sure they're safe. We install the logger together. So there's no spying or deception.

They know that I may have access to what they're doing, so they don't do stupid things!

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@breakdver: At least until the kids get wise enough to use linux on a bootable USB stick.

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Load of crap. Link says $99 and that's that. Really, Woot? It's come to this?

Disappointed.

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The link does work, add to cart for sale price.