Probe My Ports

Adventures With Privacy Software

And so does the battle over tools to protect privacy. A little-known provision in federal law makes it a crime to perform some forms of code cracking, especially the kind that white-hat hackers carry out to publicize intentional or accidental breaches in security.

Free gear like Guard Dog and ZoneAlarm is as annoying to online hucksters as the hucksters' probing is to surfers like me. Sooner or later, everyone on the Net gets invaded, and though privacy software may not allow you to block all spies, at least it lets you find out how frequent, how deep, and how harmful the probings could be.

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