Do You Know What Happens on Your PC When You are Not at Home?

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PC Pandora warns parents to make sure they monitor their home computers while kids roam free on family machines all day long during summer months.

In some cases, kids may be trying to cover their tracks

Security of the home computer continues to be a hot and important issue for families. But one aspect of security that is frequently and easily overlooked is the ability to track harmful changes and recover lost data.

"Another item on the 'safe PC' list is the ability to know everything that happens on your machine," explains Manuel Coats, Co-founder of Pandora Corp., makers of PC Pandora monitoring software. "There is lot that can happen to your PC, on purpose or by accident, that can have an affect on its performance - and on your safety. If the wrong files get deleted, you can have a seriously corrupted system. Even worse, if the wrong setting is changed or the wrong files deleted, you could find yourself locked out of your own bank account or even have your private passwords and personal information opened up to anyone that cares to look."

The summer months are here and that means kids will be spending more time on the family computers. It also means that the chances of something happening to those machines increases.

"Young users are more prone to accidental deletions," says Chief Software Evangelist Chris Graham. "If you have a record of everything that happened, you can isolate the problem and have a better shot at fixing it."

There is also the case of illegal activity being performed on a family PC. Whether it's downloading pirated music and movies, or even inappropriate and illegal photos of underage peers, the computer's owner is the one who will answer to authorities.

"In some cases, kids may be trying to cover their tracks," says Coats. "Either way, that's just one more reason to be monitoring your computer's activity with software like our PC Pandora."

PC Pandora is monitoring software that records all user activity. By taking sequential snapshots of all activity on screen, PC Pandora effectively acts as a DVR for your PC. The snapshots will allow you to see everything that happened on your computer, telling you who did what and when. Further details of user activity, such as websites visited, emails sent and received, instant messenger chats, keystrokes logged, peer-2-peer files traded, programs accessed and more, can be seen in text-based files.

"PC Pandora will effectively give parents a full visual and documented recording of everything that happens," says Coats. "They'll be able to fix problems quickly, and hold their children accountable for their online activity."

And what do you do once you've isolated the problem or issue?

"Then, you can recover and restore the files with our Pandora Recovery program," explains Graham, "which is available as a free download or as a mobile USB Flash Drive model. It's a great tool to help you get back anything that has been lost or deleted - whether it be by accident or on purpose."

Coats adds, "In other words, Pandora Recovery will help you retrieve, or uncover, those tracks your children tried so hard to cover."

Security to your home PC is essential in today's networked and connected world. Having the ability to know everything that happens on your machine can play a vital role in fixing system errors and putting a stop to illegal activity. Monitoring software like PC Pandora 5.0 and data recovery programs like Pandora Recovery are imperative security measures.

A 2-hour trial of PC Pandora is available at the company's website. As a special promotion for National Internet Safety Month, Pandora Corp. is offering the software at a discounted price; parents can use the code 'safe08' at checkout to get $10 off the Standard or Pro editions of the program.

Pandora Recovery is available for FREE at the Pandora Recovery website. Recovery Mobile can be purchased alone or within the Pandora PowerPack, which includes 4 licenses for PC Pandora - a great value for families and small businesses.

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal - to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandora's Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position by boasting a combination of features that unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In February 2008, Version 5.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. In addition, through the company's SAFE SCHOOLS program, schools and school districts can receive up to $100,000 worth of software to aid in protecting their students and their PCs. PC Pandora is also now available through the [Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com.

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