Here’s a public known example that won’t get anyone in trouble to talk about that we can use for illustration: If you have Windows 7, goto your start menu, type “PSR” in the search box. Click on “Problem Step Recorder,” then click “Start Record” in the box that pops up top left of screen. Now, surf from one page to another for about one minute, maybe open and read some email for a few seconds. Has a minute passed? Good, now click “stop record,” … it will create a file and probably default to desktop. Save it, now open it … and enjoy the surveillance report and screen shots of every move you just made online.
This a really handy thing to know about if you’re trying to help someone over the phone and you want to see what they’re seeing. That’s why it’s called the Problem Step Recorder. They can turn that on, do whatever it is that’s confusing them, turn it off, save it and send it to you. You can now also turn it on and snoop on anyone logged into your PC. But it’s kinda obvious its running.
Which brings us neatly to the next point: the PSR is merely a visible, user friendly example of how dialed in and monitored a person can be these days. Because if you think there aren’t other types of activity monitors and auto logs built into the very core of every device, every community, and every network on Earth these days, especially but not limited to company networks, that aren’t being routinely checked, if you think that one trip you took to Facebook or your Yahoo account went unnoticed, if you think you’re the only one who read that juicy text or pic or email your significant other sent you, if you think every keystroke and mouse wheel command isn’t watched, written up, and sent to a head snoop for review, my advice is to redouble your paranoia and think again.