Chinese Version of PC Monitor Expert Updated to Version 1.63


PC Monitor Expert is designed to record all the computer activities, which works as a good helper for parents and computer administrators. For some bugs in the version 1.62 that brought the inconvenience to software users, we have upgraded PC Monitor Expert to version 1.63.

Update information of PC Monitor Expert:

File Name: PC Monitor Expert

Version:   V1.63

File Size:   3.72MB

Category:   Computer monitoring software

Language:  Chinese

License:  Trial version

Running on: Win XP/ Vista/7/8

Released on: Apr. 23, 2015

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What’s new in this version:

+ added screenshot support for the ransparent windows;

* refined the email sending data of monitoring information, improved email sent rate;

– fixed a bug in Email Settings;

* improved the generation of computer machine code.

Chinese Version of PC Monitor Expert Updated to Version 1.63

Main features of PC Monitor Expert:

1)Stealth operation: PC Monitor Expert cannot be found on the monitored computer. The monitoring software becomes invisible without any trace after installation, and it can monitor the object monitored computer secretly without letting anyone know. You can launch it by pressing hot key “Ctrl + Alt + U”.

2)Keystrokes Input Records: PC Monitor Expert can monitor all typed keystrokes, including Chinese, English, figures and functional keys. MSN or QQ chats, IMs, e-mail sent, usernames and passwords logged on some websites or e-mail can also be recorded(Warning: please DO NOT use this monitoring software for illegal use. This software won’t record sensitive passwords like QQ or MSN password).

3)Computer Screenshots Capture: Take screenshot of QQ or MSN chats window, active window or the entire compter screen. The monitored screenshots can be played automatically when you view them.

4)Opened Windows Monitoring and Control: Record all titles of opened window and the time they were opened. Prohibit opening windows containing specific block keywords in the title. For example, if you want to keep your children away from some adults contents, you can add adult contents as keyword to the prohibited list. In this way, all windows containing adults contents will be filtered automatically and PC Monitor Expert will forcibly close such web pages. Besides, this software can also record the action you open a prohibited window and opening time.

5)Running Programs Monitoring and Control: Prohibit software you specified (PC Monitor Expert has pre-configured over 30 game software). If a prohibited program is detected, PC Monitor Expert will forcibly shut it down and record this breach;

Prohibit chat software like MSN, QQ or Skype;

Prohibit using web browsers to view web pages;

Prohibit using download software to download;

Prohibit modifying system time;

Prohibit Task Manager(to prevent from ceasing active programs illegally), Registry or Control Panel etc.

6)Enhanced Functions: PC Monitor Expert can sent all monitored record (keystrokes, screenshot captured, active windows, and breaching behaviors and etc.) to a specific E-mail. You can conduct network monitoring as you wish. You can also set a password for this software and thus no one can modify settings or delete this software without the valid password. This software offers timed shutdown function with which you can schedule to shut down your computer at a certain time.

In addition, PC Monitor Expert supports disk control, which can better protect your important content.

New technology to help users combat mobile malware attacks


New technology to help users combat mobile malware attacks

As mobile phones increase in functionality, they are becoming increasingly ubiquitous in everyday life. At the same time, these devices also are becoming easy targets for malicious activities. One of the primary reasons for such malware explosion is user willingness to download applications from untrusted sources that may host apps with hidden malicious codes. Once installed on a smartphone, such malware can exploit it in various ways.

For example, it can access the smartphone’s resources to learn sensitive information about the user, secretly use the camera to spy on the user, make premium-rate phone calls without the user’s knowledge, or use a Near Field Communication, or NFC, reader to scan for physical credit cards within its vicinity. Such malware already is prevalent, and researchers and practitioners anticipate that this and other forms of malware will become one of the greatest threats affecting millions of smartphone users in the near future.

“The most fundamental weakness in mobile device security is that the security decision process is dependent on the user,” said Nitesh Saxena, Ph.D., the director of the Security and Privacy In Emerging computing and networking Systems (SPIES) Lab and an associate professor of computer and information sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at UAB. “For instance, when installing an Android app, the user is prompted to choose whether or not the application should have permissions to access a given service on the phone. The user may be in a rush or distracted, or maybe it is the user’s kid who has the phone. Whatever the case may be, it is a well-known problem that people do not look at these warnings; they just click ‘yes.'”

Current operating systems provide inadequate security against these malware attacks, putting the burden of prevention upon the user. The current anti-virus systems are ineffective against such constantly evolving malware. UAB pursued research to find a mechanism that would defend against mobile malware that can exploit critical and sensitive mobile device services, especially focusing on the phone’s calling service, camera and NFC.

This study from researchers within the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Computer and Information Sciences and Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research explains how natural hand gestures associated with three primary smartphone services — calling, snapping and tapping — can be detected and have the ability to withstand attacks using motion, position and ambient sensors available on most smartphones as well as machine learning classifiers.

If a human user attempts to access a service, the gesture would be present and access will be allowed. In contrast, if the malware program makes an access request, the gesture will be missing and access will be blocked.

To demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach, researchers collected data from multiple phone models and multiple users in real-life or near real-life scenarios, simulating benign settings and adversarial scenarios. The results showed that the three gestures can be detected with a high overall accuracy and can be distinguished from one another and from other benign or malicious activities to create a viable malware defense.

“In this method, something as simple as a human gesture can solve a very complex problem,” Saxena said. “It turns the phone’s weakest security component — the user — into its strongest defender.”

The research team believes that, in the future, transparent gestures associated with other smartphone services, such as sending SMS or email, also can be integrated with this system. The researchers also aim to commercialize this technology in the near future.

UAB graduate student Babins Shrestha, a researcher in UAB’s SPIES Lab, co-authored the article and is presenting the paper at PerCom. The other members who co-authored the paper include UAB doctoral student Manar Mohamed, UAB undergraduate student Anders Borg, and doctoral student Sandeep Tamrakar of Aalto University, Finland.

Key management is the biggest pain of encryption


Key management is the biggest pain of encryption

Most IT professionals rate the pain of managing encryption keys as severe, according to a new global survey by the Ponemon Institute.

On a scale of 1 to 10, respondents said that the risk and cost associated with managing keys or certificates was 7 or above, and cited unclear ownership of keys as the main reason. “There’s a growing awareness of the security benefits of encryption really accrue from the keys,” said Richard Moulds, vice president of product strategy at Thales e-Security, the sponsor of this report. “The algorithms that encrypt the data are all the same — what makes it secure is the keys.”

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But as organizations use more encryption, they also end up with more keys, and more varieties of keys.

“In some companies, you might have millions of keys,” he said. “And every day, you generate more keys and they have to be managed and controlled. If the bad guy gets access to the keys, he gets access to the data. And if the keys get lost, you can’t access the data.”

Other factors that contributed to the pain were fragmented and isolated systems, lack of skilled staff, and inadequate management tools. And it’s hurting worse than before. “The proportion of people that rate it as higher levels of perceived pain is higher than last year,” said Moulds.

One reason that pain is increasing could be that encryption is becoming more ubiquitous, he said, embraced by industries and companies new to the challenges of managing keys and certificates.

According to the survey, which is now in its 10th year, the proportion of companies with no encryption strategy has declined from 38 percent in 2005 to 15 percent today. Meanwhile, the share of companies with an encryption strategy applied consistently across the entire enterprise has grown from 15 percent to 36 percent. The biggest growth last year was in healthcare and retail, two sectors hit by major public security breaches.

In the health and pharmaceutical industry, the share of companies with extensive use of encryption jumped from 31 to 40 percent. In retail, it rose from 21 to 26 percent. However, for the first time in the history of the survey, the proportion of the IT budget going to encryption has dropped. Between 2005 and 2013, it climbed steadily from 9.7 percent to 18.2 percent, but dropped to 15.7 percent in this year’s report.

The biggest driver for encryption was compliance, with 64 percent of respondents saying that they used encryption because of privacy or data security regulations or requirements.

Avoiding public disclosure after a data breach occurs was only cited as a driving factor by 9 percent of the respondents. Data residency, in which some countries allow protected data to leave national borders only if it’s encrypted, didn’t even make the list.

“It didn’t rank as high on the list of motivators as you would have thought,” said Moulds. “But data residency is an increasing driver, and I think it’s going to be a big driver in the future.”

DHS Chief Says Encryption Threatens National Security


DHS Chief Says Encryption Threatens National Security

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary Jeh Johnson wants the government to work more closely with tech companies on security issues, but it also wants them to dial back their security encryption efforts. Johnson made his comments Tuesday in front of a packed house at the RSA conference in San Francisco, one of the world’s largest annual cybersecurity gatherings.

Johnson defended the Obama administration’s ongoing stance, maintaining that tougher encryption by tech firms imposed in the wake of the National Security Agency’s spying scandal will make it tougher to stop crime.

“The current course we are on, toward deeper and deeper encryption in response to the demands of the marketplace, is one that presents real challenges for those in law enforcement and national security,” he said. “Encryption is making it harder for your government to find criminal activity, and potential terrorist activity.”

President Barack Obama has spoken out in support of strong encryption, but has also advocated for a legal framework that gives government access to data. Officials at the FBI, DHS and the National Security Agency have been more direct about limiting encryption. They fear encryption has created situations that prevent government agencies from accessing digital data even when armed with warrants.

“Let me be clear,” Johnson said. “I understand the importance of what encryption brings to privacy. But, imagine the problems if, well after the advent of the telephone, the warrant authority of the government to investigate crime had extended only to the U.S. mail.”

Nightmare Scenario

We reached out to John Kindervag, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research Inc., who told us Johnson’s proposal was a “nightmare scenario.”

“In the digital age everyone is going to have to live with the reality that most data should be encrypted,” said Kindervag. “It is too dangerous to try to figure out ways to put back doors into systems that only governments can access. Shouldn’t we have learned something from the Snowden debacle?”

Justice Department officials warned Apple last fall that children will die if police aren’t able to get into suspects’ iPhones because of the company’s encryption. As Johnson told the RSA crowd, “Our inability to access encrypted information poses public safety challenges.”

The White House is preparing a report that will outline various options to ensure law enforcement can bypass encryption during criminal or national security investigations. That report is expected later this month.

“We in government know that a solution to this dilemma must take full account of the privacy rights and expectations of the American public, the state of the technology, and the cybersecurity of American businesses,” Johnson said.

An Old Story

Kindervag said similar tension has existed since the early days of the widely used e-mail encryption software Pretty Good Privacy, when co-founder Philip Zimmerman had to fight the government regarding encryption. That’s because the government held that U.S. export restrictions for cryptographic software were violated when PGP spread worldwide. The government dropped its investigation into Zimmerman’s practices in 1996.

“The assumption of some governmental entities that they can gain omniscience through surveillance just doesn’t work anymore,” said Kindervag. “There is massive amounts of data that belong to private citizens that should not be read by other entities without the citizens’ direct permission.”

Google is Keeping the NSA Out of Your Data, Eric Schmidt Brags


Google is Keeping the NSA Out of Your Data, Eric Schmidt Brags

Google (GOOGL) Chairman Eric Schmidt boasted on Wednesday about how improving the encryption of Google’s products has successfully shut out warrantless surveillance by the NSA and other law enforcement. Schmidt talked about the encryption advances, and how former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks prompted them, at BoxDev, a yearly developers conference for Box.

“When the Snowden revelations came out, we were very, very upset,” Schmidt told Aaron Levie, CEO of Box. “They never said anything to us. So we embarked upon a program to fully encrypt the information that our customers entrusted to us.”

Encryption makes it very difficult or impossible for information passed electronically to be deciphered, either by the NSA or even by the company doing the encryption. Snowden’s leaks showed how the NSA uses warrantless mass surveillance of metadata, which Schmidt argued went beyond proper use of the Patriot Act. He and other tech company leaders started boosting their encryption to keep the security agencies from being able to read any email or communication without a warrant. Now encryption is not just a Google project, and it appears to be working.

“Apple and others did the same,” Schmidt said. “And we know our program works, because all the people doing the snooping are complaining about it.”

He’s right about that. FBI Director James Comey told Congress that they should ban phone encryption because of how it helps criminals get away with their crimes. The surveillance is party of what the tech and Internet industry wants to see changed in the Patriot Act and why they are hoping it won’t be renewed in its present form.

U.S. Secretary Of Homeland Security Warns About The Dangers Of Pervasive Encryption


U.S. Secretary Of Homeland Security Warns About The Dangers Of Pervasive Encryption

In a speech at cybersecurity conference RSA, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson outlined the government’s discomfort with increasing implementation of encryption by technology companies, and what impact the shift might have on national security.

While tech firms like Apple are advancing encryption to an increasingly broad set of consumer activities, the government is concerned that it could increasingly be locked out from the communications, and the intentions, of threats to national security.

The issue of encryption, who should hold the controlling keys, and if American technology companies should be compelled to provide special access to consumer data to the United States government are issues as old as they are controversial. The common argument against any weakening of encryption is that there are no unexploitable weaknesses — if Google were to craft a back or front door for the U.S. government, it’s impossible to keep that same entryway free from other parties.

After asking for “indulgence” and “understanding,” the secretary said during his remarks that the “current course [the technology industry is on, toward deeper and deeper encryption in response to the demands of the marketplace, is one that presents real challenges for those in law enforcement and national security.”

In the secretary’s view, the nation’s “inability to access encrypted information poses public safety challenges.” Ignoring the mild irony behind that comment — why else would you choose to encrypt data? — the government employee continued: “In fact, encryption is making it harder for your government to find criminal activity and potential terrorist activity.”

Johnson concluded with a colorful description of privacy and freedom, calling them “the things that constitute our greatest homeland security.”

His remarks were very similar to President Barack Obama’s in an interview earlier this year with Re/code’s Kara Swisher. The president said that while he was more in favor of encryption than most in law enforcement, he also recognized the problems it posed for those agencies. Both Obama and Johnson spoke about the importance of privacy when facing tech-oriented audiences, but failed to take a strong stance in its defense.

The Homeland Security secretary weighs in on this issue as White House aides are investigating encryption and preparing to report back to the president this month. In a recent speech at Princeton University,NSA chief Michael Rogers argued law enforcement should have front door access with multiple locks. He argued government abuse of this access could be avoided by splitting multiple keys among separate agencies.

But Jeff Williams, the CTO of Contrast Security, tells TechCrunch that such an approach is impossible. He argued that it would be impossible for the government to create technology that would allow it front door access to all communications devices and splitting such a tool among agencies would be inefficient and ineffective. He also said a split key could still be thwarted by super-encryption.

“Frankly the cat is out of the bag on secure encryption,” Williams said.

Even with the upcoming report to the president, it is unlikely Obama will take any measurable stand for Americans’ privacy rights. The private sector and law enforcement have volleyed back and forth on this issue for decades, now reigniting the exact same debate we saw in the early 1990s over the Clipper Chip. We’ve seen the White House take very little action on limiting the scope of the American intelligence apparatus, even in the wake of high-profile leaks from Edward Snowden.

Why would it start now?

The private sector has to keep improving encryption, as customers — particularly those outside the United States — worry about surveillance. But as these companies work to keep threats out of these devices, we can be certain that our law enforcement agencies are working just as fast to break into them.

With little public scrutiny over this technical issue, politicians have little incentive to stand up for privacy. Even with high-profile remarks such as those from Johnson today, it’s likely we’ll continue to see more of the status quo.

Google and Yahoo Encrypting Ad Network Connections


Google and Yahoo Encrypting Ad Network Connections

Google and Yahoo in separate announcements said they will individually encrypt ad network connections to reduce bot traffic and other types of ad fraud. The news coincides with the release of Malwarebytes Labs findings last week. Researchers found malvertising in Flash ads involving the DoubleClick ad network.

The two companies have support. The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) continues to push the adoption of HTTPS ads and support encryption. In March, the IAB put out a call for the industry to adopt encryption. The industry trade group said many ad systems support HTTPS, but a member survey suggests that only 80% support the protocol. They called on the entire advertising supply chain to adopt practices, from ad servers and beacons to data partners and brand safety and verification tools.

Google said the majority of mobile, video, and desktop display ads on its Google Display Network, AdMob, and DoubleClick networks will become encrypted by June 30. Search on is encrypted for a vast majority of users and the copany continues to work toward encrypting search ads across its systems.

YouTube ads have been encrypted since the end of last year, along with all searches, Gmail, and Drive. By the end of June, advertisers using AdWords and DoubleClick will serve HTTPS-encrypted display ads to all HTTPS-enabled inventory.

Yahoo VP of Revenue Management and Ad Policy James Deaker describes in a blog post what he calls “perhaps the largest-ever transition to SSL encryption for any publisher with display ads.” Yahoo recently implemented an end-to-end encryption extension for Yahoo Mail,” and strengthening security everywhere else along the advertising supply chain will help to create a safer Internet.

Next week, Yahoo will host a Trust UnConference in San Francisco, bringing together industry experts to discuss how to build safe products.

Encryption Uncoded: A Consumers’s Guide


Encryption Uncoded: A Consumers's Guide

Concerned by reports of hacking, data breaches and government spying, companies and consumers are looking for better ways to protect their data. Many are turning to encryption, a method of encoding messages that goes back millennia. Encryption is commonly used to secure online banking sessions and to protect credit-card data. But for the average computer user, it remains a mystery.

Here’s a brief guide to help readers unlock its secrets.

How does encryption work?

If you saw the recent movie “The Imitation Game,” you’ve seen a rudimentary, by modern standards, form of encryption. During World War II, the Germans used a machine to turn military messages into coded strings of symbols. These days, computers running complex mathematical formulas can do the same thing much faster, and the codes are much harder to crack.

What’s it used for?

If you’ve ever done banking online, you may have noticed a “lock” icon in the address bar, or that the bar turned green. That means the browser session is encrypted by your bank.

Consumers can download a growing crop of encryption tools for texting, browsing sessions and video and phone calls. Users usually must download an app or install software that scrambles messages as they are sent. (The recipient needs to be using the same app or software to unscramble the message.)

Apple has started encrypting personal data on its latest mobile operating system, iOS 8. This means an outsider who hacks into a device or into Apple’s servers would see a string of unreadable characters instead of actual messages or FaceTime videos.

Can I encrypt email messages?

Yes, but it’s tricky. Sender and receiver must use the same type of encryption. If you have encryption switched on, but the friend you’re emailing doesn’t have it, he or she won’t be able to read your message.

Since the revelations of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about electronic eavesdropping by the NSA, big tech companies have made moves to add encryption. Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc. both have announced plans to begin encrypting emails of users of their services, but the projects are moving slowly.

Can encryption really protect me from getting hacked?
Maybe. If a hacker obtains the encryption keys, or the formula that unlocks the code, all that encrypting was for naught. And that happens all the time in corporate data breaches, says Avivah Litan, a vice president and senior analyst focusing on security issues at market-research firm Gartner Inc. For example, as part of the 2007 breach at TJX Cos., hackers stole a TJX point-of-sale card-reader system and brought it home. The hackers were able to break the code used to encrypt card transactions and stole data from tens of millions of customer accounts.

How can I get started?

In addition to Apple’s built-in encryption in its new mobile devices, Android users can download WhatsApp, which encrypts text messages. WhatsApp, a company owned by Facebook Inc., says it is working on offering encryption for all communication sent between WhatsApp users, including images, audio and text.

A number of vendors—including Voltage Security Inc., Protegrity and RSA Security, a unit of Corp.—offer encryption of corporate data, including email and credit-card records. Silent Circle’s Blackphone is a phone for corporate users that can send encrypted voice calls, text, emails and other data—if both parties are using a Blackphone.

Why isn’t everything encrypted?

There are plenty of reasons. Encryption is time-consuming and difficult to implement. It’s hard to properly manage who has access to encryption keys, and it slows system performance.

Online Extortionists Are Using Encryption as a Ransom Weapon


Online Extortionists Are Using Encryption as a Ransom Weapon

Most of the time we discuss encryption as a way to protect ourselves online , but an increasingly popular form of digital attack uses it as an extortion tool. Criminals are stealing personal files, encrypting them, and hold them hostage until their targets pay for the decryption key.

A report from security firm Symantec details a sharp rise “crypto-ransomware,” its term for this devious form of online crime, noting that these incidents were 45 times more common in 2014 than 2013, with over 340,000 people and organization unable to access files that had been encrypted by extortionists. Usually the extortionists ask their targets to pay in Bitcoin on a website accessible by Tor.

To infect computers, would-be criminals will send malicious e-mail attachments that look like bills or invoices. If you are foolish enough to open the attachment, you’re snared. It’s possible we’re seeing a rise in crypto-ransomware attacks because phishing emails where you’re tricked into opening a malware attachment or bad link are a major way that people get hacked .

There’s a growing underground economy devoted to carrying out crypto-ransomware attacks, with groups like Cryptolocker and Cryptowall selling their services. Your main line of defense is backing up all your files, since you won’t need to pay to get them back if you can just restore them. There are also services popping up to thwart crypto-ransomware, like Decryptolocker, which used a version of Cryptolocker to figure out how to decrypt files that Cryptolocker holds hostage. A service called Cryptoprevent is designed to stop this type of ransomware from a variety of different attackers.

Ransomware is still a relatively rare and aggressive cybercrime, so the likelihood of someone crypto-ransoming your vacation photos is low. No need to panic. Much more common: Phishing attacks of all kinds. A security report released by Verizon today underlines how often people fall for them. With phishing attacks, prevention is even simpler than backing up your files: Just don’t click on sketchy shit!

How to make Private Information safe under the Network Environment via Encryption Software

Recently, AT&T data leakage has led to 2.8 million of American customers’ private information revealed, including username, complete or partial social security number. AT&T agreed to pay a 25 million civil penalty to deal with the survey by FCC about the issue of violating customer privacy. Even though the case was settled, what it brought about cannot be made up for.

With the advent of the era of “Big Data”, the issue data leakage becomes more serious. The business can find all of our information easily, which is extremely horrible. So how to protect our information from prying eyes under the network environment?

1. Develop Self-Discipline for Network

Network is a virtual world, and we should strengthen the awareness of privacy protection. Do not register on some websites randomly, because it is always the users himself lost their own information. Meanwhile, develop self-protection consciousness is also important. Install legal antivirus program and firewall to avoid the hackers stealing your private files and properties. When shopping online, you must check the security of the link. Developing the good habit of network use can prevent your information from prying eyes efficiently.

2. Use Computer Hardware Technology

The leakage of private information under the network environment, sometimes is caused by someone’s interception and the problem happened in the transition. Here we can use the computer hardware technology to deal with. We take Best Encryption Expert as an example, to learn how it to protect your data security?

It is very easy to do, even if you are a newbie, you can do it by yourself.

1. Go to the website( download Best Encryption Expert and install it on your computer;

2. Right click the file or folder you want to encrypt, and then choose Best Encryption in the pop-up window;

How to make Private Information safe under the Network Environment via Encryption Software

3. Set your password, and select an encryption type, then click “OK”.

3. Learn Privacy Protection Skill

Only by relying on the science and technology, we can ensure the security of our information, like Firewall Technology. You can set a wall between the public and special network as required, to prevent hackers from attacking.

In a word, we should regard the network information technology completely. On the one hand, it is convenient for people to work and study; on the other hand, the unsafe factors also exist, which threatens the security of personal information. The most intelligent thing is to use a professional encryption software to encrypt your private information.