My son is extremely computer savvy, where as I can barely get by. He can do some pretty amazing things, but sometimes I wonder if he is doing things that he is not supposed to.
One time my daughter came to me crying, saying that he got into her facebook account some how managed to “hack” into her account and sent messages pretending to be her.
I have tried using different software (spyware) to try to monitor his computer activity, but he somehow always finds ways around them. I need some suggestions. Please help me.
Depends how good he really is. If he is REALLY good then no matter what software you install on the computer he would be able to find a way around it or find a way to totally remove it or perhaps even crack it if he really knows his stuff.
A few solutions I can suggest:
1) Ask him to be honest and ask him straight out. I’m 16 and also good with computers and I can say I’d rather be asked straight by my mum than find out that she is sneaking around trying to find out what I’m doing.
2) Buy hardware that monitors activity. Hardware not software. I’ve seen devices that you fit on to cables going into the computer and they monitor what activity the computer does. Lots of these often contains physical locks, so he would not be able to bypass it unless his picklocking skills are as good as you claim his computer skills are.
3) Keep searching for software. Try websites like Download.com and search for software that monitors activity. Or go to shops. I myself can’t name any software brands off-by-heart as I’ve never looked into it before, but there must be hundreds out there. Literally.
4) Teach yourself about computers. Work your way up. Computer basics then move onto high-level programming languages such as C++ to get a grip with how computers work. Then move onto low level languages and create your own software that monitors activity. If you learn your programming languages well you’ll be able to create a “good worm” like application that secretly tracks what he does. Yes, I do realise this would take years and is very difficult.
5) I’ve just read the above answer, this is also a fairly good solution. When he is not on the computer change his account password and create him a new account with limited privliges. You wouldn’t be able to track what he does as such, but you can limit what he can do in the first place.
I’m not often that helpful but I hope I provided at least some advice!
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