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How do I track internet usage? Help Protect A 12 Year Old Answered

So I'm not completely ignorant when it comes to computers but i'm far from a "geek". Wondering if any of out there knows a way to track a computers internet usage outside of viewing the history and without purchasing software. Trying to help out a friend who's daughter is pontentially viewing websites and chats that are not appropriate for a 12 year old. The daughter is well aware of how to delete histories and cookies therefore its not as easier as viewing the history. Is there any way to automatically copy the history to a hidden folder that won't be deleted when her daughter deletes the history? Would really appreciate any help here.

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Labot2001 (author)2008-07-19

Windows Vista has some heavy-duty stuff for monitoring internet usage... Do you have Vista?

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i play the alto saxaphone to. I've playin for six years

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Kiteman (author)2008-07-15

We have found that the simplest thing to do is to keep the PC in the living room - the simple proximity of other family members is enough to keep anybody on appropriate pages.

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Big Bwana (author)Lithium Rain2008-07-15

HAHA.. If kitewife catches him we might be short one kiteman (( he might want to move to Norway's Svalbard Islands because I hear dieing there is illegal )) <>

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He tried but she simply put him near death so he got deported...

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Weissensteinburg (author)Kiteman2008-07-15

Do the kids have a tendency to look at pr0n?

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I don't think the issue is if they look at a little porn, because they will, and it's normally curiosity, and it normally won't become a serious safety issue just looking at a bit of porn, but there is other people out there who will try and get them to do thing they shouldn't do, people lurking in chat rooms, on MSN , etc... And being a young teen girl that makes them a very large target for predators, who will tell them all sorts of lies, even go as far as mailing them gifts in attempts to lure them into a situation they can't control.....

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I find another serious problem that's actually very disturbing is the photos 12 year old's are putting up of themselves on social networks, it's disturbing to say the freakin least, my best mates little sister is surrounded by them little tramps and it freaks the hell out of me, when a twelve year old looks you up and down like that... Ewww... Sorry serious issue here, along with teenage pregnancy (coincidence? I think not.)

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Kiteman (author)Weissensteinburg2008-07-15

Not so far (they're only 7 & 11 - girls are still contagious), but hormones will be hormones, eventually.

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Kiteman (author)Kiteman2008-07-15

(It was a general observation, really - everybody we know who worries about what their children are doing online have given those children access to the net from their bedrooms.)

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whitish (author)Kiteman2008-07-15

it didn't used to stop me.

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Weissensteinburg (author)2007-05-11

As a teen, I feel that to be an invasion of privacy, and that it would just tell me that my parents don't trust me. Unless of course, she's been caught on those sites before. Anywho, it's obviously a parents decision. I believe majorgeeks.com has some software for that.

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whitish (author)xRampagex801x2008-07-15

if she's any kind of computer savvy she would see it working down there in the tray.

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Lithium Rain (author)whitish2008-07-15

...Unless it was set to "never show" in the taskbar properties!

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whitish (author)Lithium Rain2008-07-19

would it show up in task manager? (under applications)

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Lithium Rain (author)whitish2008-07-19

It might. But there are ways around that. Like disguising it as Exlorer.exe, or Svchost.exe (my personal favorite, as anybody who has closed out Svchost once will leave it alone thereafter). It depends on what program you use.

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xACIDITYx (author)Lithium Rain2008-07-15

Like the one I said about above.

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Again i'm only slightly ignorant about computers but is key logger a program she will need to download or is a something the computer already has? (ok so some people would say i am ignorant but i'm ok with that... :)...)

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xACIDITYx (author)notreallyageek2008-07-15

If you look above at my comment I made, I think I can definitely help you :-)
Here's the comment anchor.

In that comment above, Ignore the link that says pm 7-15-08, it was a formatting error on my part, not a real link.

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She would have to download a key logger. It just records every keystroke she makes.

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A key logger would record everything they type. I think they have something that just records internet sites.

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Yes but even recording everything typed would catch the bad stuff her daughter might be visiting, probably not the most efficient way of catching the culprit but I could see it working in a way.

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I know..but majorgeeks does have the more efficient way, i believe.

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I feel that to be an invasion of privacy

Don't take any offense in this next sentence... As you're a minor, your guardian has not only the ability, but the right, to dig into "personal" matters.

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Oh, I know. Luckily my parents trust me. And like I said, i understand when she's already been caught doing inappropriate things online. The internet is a privilege...which that girl has abused.

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Her mom has found personal webpages in the past where she states that she is 18 years old and has posted rather provocative pictures of herself. I understand you think that is an invation of privacy and I agree to an extent however there is a real risk that she may get herself into some real trouble. I think she is justified in this case. Thanks for your suggestion. I will look into it.

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yeah, I agree that something should be done if inappropriate web pages have been found.

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Lithium Rain (author)2008-07-15

I forgot, you'll need a viewer for them...download it here.

Then search your computer for "index.dat" in all files and folders. Read the files you find with viewer.

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xACIDITYx (author)Lithium Rain2008-07-15

Now... Where can I find this index.dat file to delete?
tell me in a pm so this mom's daughter can't find out how

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xACIDITYx (author)2008-07-15

Erm... Someone I know gave me a keylogger that works really well and tracks all keys typed and also tracks the title of the page, for example in the txt file it makes this site would be How do I track internet usage? Help protect A 12 Year Old - Instructables - DIY & How To - Mozilla Firefox. [6:44 pm 7-15-08] You could also see what keys the little girl has typed for example if the typed in the URL of the bad site, you would know. It tells the time they were typed, so you could see all that info... And, it's not resource heavy so it can be run from a flash drive which you should hide in the back of the machine, although at that point it would show it as a separate drive and, since she delete cookies, I bet she knows about that. Let me know, and I'll ask my friend if I could give it to you along with a set of instructions. Trust me, it's safe. I've run it on Vista and XP machines perfectly. Now if you're using a MAC or Linux, you're out of luck... 1 quick question. Do you have a separate user for her on your computer?

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Lithium Rain (author)2008-07-15

Look in the index.dat files! If this 12 year old knows enough to delete the index.dat files, I will be seriously impressed.

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Weissensteinburg (author)2008-07-15

majorgeeks.com has some free monitoring software, I think.

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Big Bwana (author)2008-07-15

Like Kiteman said is the easiest, how ever you might want to learn some of the simple message kids will use, you'll see things like POS which is Parent Over Shoulder, ASL - Age Sex Location, IRL - In Real Life, 143 - I Love You, F2F- Face to Face, PIW - Parent Is Watching... There is hundreds of them but you only need to know a few key ones....

A good location to start looking for more info is the National center for missing and exploited children They have several links and a good one is to NetSmartz411 and this will give you more info on things like how to view your kids MySpace profile, appropriate use of a webcam (( if the pictures where of a questionable nature you should consider contacting Cyber tip line they work with police, your ISP, other levels of government both yours and others, and what your kid thinks was deleted, chances are wasn't ))

They also have info on Software which ranges from Key loggers to full out PC control, most of which a kid can't get around and lots of software will alert you if the context of there messages is not appropriate... (( there is also several good programs at stores like Office Depot, Staples, wal-mart and most is under $20 ))

And while you watching your kid online a few big things to watch for are, your kid obsesses about being online and becomes angry when he or she can't get on the computer and or they minimizes the screen or turns off the computer when adults are nearby.....

And while every one gripes about privacy invasion they can either suck it up and accept it's happening because they don't have to use the internet...........

((( And don't be scared to show them Who is the Parent and if need be Cut the service off, I know I've pulled a network cable so fast the jack stayed in the plug and all I got was the wires, and strangely enough I've never gotten lip again )))

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Jackhole (author)2008-07-15

I recently wrote a program that records the URLs of each site Internet Explorer visits (I'm actually testing it right now), and it works great. I just made it for fun so I could learn how to get information from different applications. I could send it to you (with the source code so you don't think its a virus), then you just have to put it in the startup folder, make it hidden, and view the log files periodically. It's okay to do if you own the computer... right? It is quite the invasion of privacy though.

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rickick (author)2007-05-12

go into tools on your internet explorer window and click on internet options once your there then go to cookies and history and everything that is searched every single web site that the person has been on will show up unless they are deleted.

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