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$100 USB stick exposes porn habits

April 7, 2011 at 3:45 PM ET

How much access do other people have to your computer? How much time do you spend alone with theirs? What if one of you had a little USB stick that could easily detect and expose any porn browsing and downloading habits?

For $100, you could find out.

Forbes reports that a clever product called the Paraben Porn Detection Stick can easily uncover anyone's porn habits — without the person who is being snooped on ever knowing:

It will search for, identify, display, tag and even wipe images from a computer for a fraction of the cost and required expertise of the more sophisticated professional forensic programs. The software will even retrieve deleted images and Internet cache files. With the Porn Stick there is no software installed on the target machine, so there is no evidence of an intrusion and nothing is altered.

And it gets better. The Porn Stick happens to be very speedy and conduct rather thorough searches:

It is fast: the system can search a 500 GB hard drive with more than 70,000 images in about an hour. Virtually all storage media can be analyzed, including DVDs, CDs and MicroSD cards; you are not limited only to hard drives.

The software can search archive files such as ZIP and RAR, and will support more than fifteen image formats. It identifies images by file headers and not file extensions for greater accuracy, which means that you cannot obscure content by changing extensions.

Nervous yet? Or are you preparing to make your spouse, children, friends, co-workers, or employees the nervous ones?

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Rosa Golijan writes about tech here and there. She's a bit obsessed with Twitter and loves to be liked on Facebook.

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