(PRWEB) March 7, 2002
Brisbane, AUSTRALIA -- (INTERNET WIRE) Â 5th March 2002 Â Hyperdyne Software (http://www.hyperdynesoftware.com) has just released Snitch, a new concept in Parental Control software. Snitch is designed to detect a range of obscene or improper material on a computerÂs hard drive by employing a suite of ÂsmartÂ algorithms. These algorithms are optimized to search for various classes of inappropriate files, including adult images, movies, audio files, obscenity, suspicious internet activity, etc.
While internet filters are frequently adopted as the sole solution for preventing the ingress of pornographic materials onto home, school or corporate computers, they are designed to prevent access to inappropriate internet sites. However, the internet browser is just one of many paths by which unwanted files may get onto the hard drive. Floppy disks, CDs, LAN, scanned images, digital cameras, internet sharing programs, ftp, newsgroups, email etc. are all potential entry points for unsuitable files.
Snitch seeks to address this problem by quickly searching the hard drive and locating potentially offensive material, and presenting it for assessment and deletion if required. It accomplishes this by the use of a range of optimized algorithms highly targeted to certain types of material. For example, Snitch uses a proprietary ÂSkinScanÂ algorithm to rapidly scan images, determine the likelihood that an image contains nudity using Âfuzzy logicÂ analysis, and then sort the results in order of suspicious content. There are also algorithms for detecting movies, audio files, suspicious internet activity, and obscenity, as well as scanning compressed files for the same.
ÂSnitch is positioned both as a stand-alone product for scanning and cleaning hard drives, and as a utility to complement internet filtersÂ, says Chris Andrews, Co-Founder of Hyperdyne Software. ÂThe comment is often made that ÂWell, we have an internet filter so we donÂt need something like thisÂ, and thatÂs a start, but itÂs not a complete solution. Their internet filter is not going to help them when an employee or student decides to bring in their pornography collection through some other method like CDROM, floppy, LAN, Internet sharing program, compressed files, FTP, and so forth. PeopleÂs opinions are changing as they discover that their servers are full of nasty stuff despite their expensive filter.Â
ÂThe acceptance of Snitch has seen a tremendous boost in recent times, and this coincides with the raising of peopleÂs awareness of pornography in the public domain. Teachers commonly use Snitch in schools and universities to combat the growing incidence of porn on classroom computers. Educational institutions are under increasing pressure from parents demanding protection of their children. Corporations are also beginning to recognize the legal implications of obscene materials in the workplace and are adopting Snitch as part of their action plan.Â
A free trial version of Snitch can be downloaded from the Hyperdyne Software website, http://www.hyperdynesoftware.com . Several versions of Snitch are available for online purchase. The Personal version, aimed at budget conscious home users, is priced at $29.95 USD, and the Professional version which contains added features for educational and corporate environments, such as Reporting and Network functions, is priced at $69.95 USD. Site licensing and customized versions are also available upon request.
Contact: Chris Andrews, Hyperdyne Software, http://www.hyperdynesoftware.com
PO Box 104, Moorooka, QLD 4105, Australia.