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The Internet has provided people with the ease and freedom to keep in touch with friends, search for that perfect gift, chat with strangers, download anything under the sun, and now it has provided people with the power to be their own private investigators. Well, really it has provided the impetus for people becoming private eye’s.
Recent news reports have indicated that employers are monitoring employees’ emails and Internet abuse for violations of company policy. Additionally, the enactment of the Children’s Privacy Law has also increased security for those that deal with children on the web and monitoring software has been installed in schools and on other sites that have children as their primary audience.
As another twist to what the Internet has provided . . . it has provided the ability for husbands and wives to communicate with their cyberlovers. So just when one thought it couldn’t get any more ridiculous, the Internet has introduced the world of cyberaffairs. Although this concept is not new, what is new is the ability that the other spouse has to monitor the cheating spouse.
Imagine this scenario, the mother purchases software to monitor the emailing activities of her son and while monitoring such, realizes that her husband is not only communicating with another woman, but he is meeting her in person. So the wife knows about the husband’s affair and the husband has no idea that she has uncovered his secret. She confronts him on it, he admits to it, and if she is willing he asks her for a second chance. The wife gives the husband a second chance, only to find out (not to her surprise), that he still continues to meet and email his lover and has no idea that his wife knows everything.
The above scenario is becoming less like a trashy romance novel and more like real life because the Internet creates the atmosphere to allow such behavior. But the software that monitors Internet usage is so inexpensive that it is easy for anyone to be watching.
So the old saying is true . . . “you never know who might be watching you.” Though the Internet seems like a free and easy place, don't type what you don't want someone to know.
© 2000 Daniel A. Krohn
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