|Published:||May 20, 2010 5:08 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 20, 2010 5:08 AM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Ever wonder what your kids are doing on-line? Now, you can find out, but the same device that is helping you spy could be used on you without you knowing.
They're little flash drives that do the snooping. You just plug them into the computer you want to spy on. After 60 seconds, you take it out and can access all the information from that computer... anytime, anywhere.
"As soon as they plug it in, I can launch the software and - game over. Now I have control of that computer."
It's something some parents like the idea of - especially when it comes to kids chatting with strangers online.
"I think kids get into a lot more trouble sometimes without them even realizing it and parents have no control over what they are seeing and looking and going through."
Jannet Dolin's husband disagrees and said the devices are an invasion of privacy.
"You want to build trust. You want their trust and they want your trust. If you go in and start looking through their things and they find out, there never going to be able to come back and trust you as they get older."
The software can record emails, chats, keystrokes, and websites visited. One specific drive can even find porn.
"A lot of parents could see it as protecting their children from outside predators you can find through the internet."
Jack Voth said what can help you, can also hurt you.
"Corporate espionage is huge nowadays, so it can be used for not good as well. Do not put anything on the internet that you don't want on the front page of the New York Times."
There are many other computer programs that let you spy on others without them knowing and as technology grows, they're gaining popularity.