Dissecting data

Dissecting data

Summary: One of the most difficult things to find out about spyware is what information it's sending out about you. I take a look at the Ethernet cable running into my computer and that doesn't tell me anything.

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One of the most difficult things to find out about spyware is what information it's sending out about you. I take a look at the Ethernet cable running into my computer and that doesn't tell me anything. Similarly, I can right-click Windows' My Network Places icon, choose properties, and see an icon representing my network adapter, but that doesn't tell me anything, either. To really dig into network traffic, you need a packet sniffer. But you also need a computer science degree with a specialty in networking to understand what these types of applications are telling you. As a compromise, I use Active Ports. This free little utility shows you who your computer is talking to. You get to see a list applications and which IP addresses they are sending data to, all in real-time. Double-click on an entry, and Active Ports tries to resolve the domain. I really like how Active Ports gives you a window onto your computer's communications that you otherwise would not see at all.

Topic: Networking

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  • bad review

    at the cnet download site for active ports there is a bad review for the program...i realize one bad review out of eleven thousand downloads is pretty tame but the facts that a) the review mentions a specific bug that i don't know if i could fix without outside help and b) there are no good reviews suggest to me that maybe i'd be better off without it than with it, especially since i use a firewall
    tldwg04011
  • No matter where you are, we are always connected

    I am so lonely, yet I can read everyone's thoughts. Catagorizing
    such becomes impossible, fore all results in meaningless jargon.
    Perhaps, by emotion. But what is the use? We are always
    connected, and what is present becomes past within so short of
    time.
    Lain