SNITCH, software for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP, automatically scans your PC, detecting adult material such as Pornographic Images, Movies, Audio files, Improper Internet Activity, Obscenity etc.

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New Parental Control software, Snitch, has just been released. Snitch detects adult material on your computer, including images, movies, internet activity, MP3, obscenity, compressed files, etc. and displays them for assessment.It uses our SkinScan algorithm to determine if nudity is present in images, and sort the results accordingly.

Brisbane, AUSTRALIA -- (INTERNET WIRE) – 5th March 2002 – 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 computer’s hard drive by employing a suite of ‘smart’ 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 ‘SkinScan’ algorithm to rapidly scan images, determine the likelihood that an image contains nudity using ‘fuzzy logic’ 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.

“Snitch is positioned both as a stand-alone product for scanning and cleaning hard drives, and as a utility to complement internet filters”, says Chris Andrews, Co-Founder of Hyperdyne Software. “The comment is often made that ‘Well, we have an internet filter so we don’t need something like this’, and that’s a start, but it’s 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. People’s opinions are changing as they discover that their servers are full of nasty stuff despite their expensive filter.”

“The acceptance of Snitch has seen a tremendous boost in recent times, and this coincides with the raising of people’s 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.”

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.

Email: chris@hyperdynesoftware.com

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