It's hard to imagine just how much we've come to depend on computer technology in the last few years, and how the power of that technology has continued to improve. In the mid 1980s I was a writer on a UK-based magazine called Personal Computer World. I worked with a fellow journalist called Guy Kewney, who is now best remembered for a hilarious case of mistaken identity that you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5evS-ApSNQ (warning: the language in the comments which follow that clip is not for the easily offended).
Sadly, Guy Kewney (the real one) died recently, and yesterday I attended a memorial service in his honour. Which is why, on the train to the service, I found myself reading a copy of Personal Computer World from April 1986 which I'd dug out from my archive. Among the bargains on offer to readers at the time included a 20 megabyte (yes, megabyte) hard disk for $1200, a database system so advanced that it could index 1000 records in just 40 seconds, and a company offering to transmit international email at just 40 cents for 2048 characters.
How times have changed. And how much more risky our technology-heavy lives have consequently become. We store data in the cloud, we type credit card numbers into web sites, and we communicate via email. Hence the need for a proper security regime on our home and office computers to ensure that our personal data remains, well, personal.
One potentially useful addition to any security-conscious PC user's armoury is spyshelter (www.spyshelter.com/download.html). It's an anti-keylogger, and also warns if a remote system is attempting to perform a screen caputure or view your clipboard. It runs under all recent version of Windows, and the 32-bit version is completely free. There's also a premium version which offers additional features, including 64-bit support, as you can see from the chart below.
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