What Can People Find Out About Me

by on September 13, 2006

Q: Can a lawyer scan or see whats on your hard drive without you knowing from a remote location?

A: I am certain the lawyer himself would not have the ability to do this. He might have a computer firm that works for him do something like this. Chances are they would not do this though unless it was for specific reasons.

In most cases, lets take the RIAA, who goes after people for stealing music, what they do is they actually contact your ISP (internet service provider) and request all the information from them. Your ISP actually has records of everything you have ever done on the Internet. Then there is your e-mail, which, again, your ISP keeps backups of. So don’t think deleting your e-mail from your computer makes it really go away.

Obviously the best way to stay protected is to not do anything illegal. The next step, to protect your computer, is to make sure you have a firewall which blocks all incoming ports that you are not using (Windows XP SP2 has a pretty good one built in as does Mac OS X).

Now the hardest part is to make sure YOU NEVER open attachments in e-mails. The easiest way to get information off your computer is for someone to send you an attachment and you open it. Doing this could easily install software that you are not aware of that will allow the user to do anything they want on your computer. It is a fun joke to play on your friends when you watch their screen and start typing things and they think their computer is possessed when applications start and stop and words type themselves but it is obviously not a joke if someone is stealing your personal information.