A special note regarding privacy
This program does not plant anything on your system. Nor does it
connect to the internet unless you click a request
for help or information link from within the program. In that case
it only goes to the requested page and nowhere else. The only
exception is during a Windows install to ensure the correct version
of Java is loaded.
To verify this claim I recommend you download, purchase (if necessary) and
install one of the many privacy programs available on the web. These will
notify you when any program is trying to access the Internet. Some are
better than others but I have successfully used the following:
I currently use Norton Security Suite because it is provided to me for free by my Internet Service Provider (Comcast).
It is probably not be the best firewall out there but it does meet my needs and it is free.
Here are step by step instructions with screen captures for using Norton Security Suite to monitor network
access of any application on your computer. I will use NM Collector Software for this example but you
can apply these steps for any program on your computer.
Start Norton Security Suite and select "Manage Firewall" under Secutiry.
Select the "Program Rules" tab and clcik the "Add" button.
Browse to and select the program that you want to monitor.
In the security alert popup, ensure "Manually configure" is selected.
Select "Connections to and from other computers."
Make the following selections on the subsequent pages
Give your new rule a meaningful name.
View the summary page and cick the "Finnish" button.
View the new rule and cick the "OK" button.
View the current list of rules including your new rule. Be sure to click the Apply button or your
new rule will not be saved and all that work you just did will be lost.
Start the program and watch for any monitor alerts to flash.
To view logs of program activity, start by click the "Tasks" link from the main firewall page and ...
Select "Check Security History."
Optional: Select "Firewall Activities" from the drop down.
Use the search box in the upper right hand corner to look for program activity. When you find activity,
you can select an item and click the "More Details" link in the bottom right to get more information.
NOTE: When you chose one of the NM Collector Software help menu items NM Collector calls on your system's browser to go on-line to
the help page. Also, if you store urls in your links tab and chose to open one of those NM Collector does the
same. NM Collector itself is not going on-line. Therefore, you will not see a warning that NM Collector is
accessing the internet. However, if you monitor "Firewall Activities" in your Norton "Security History," you will find entries like the
following which tell you that your web browser is accessing the internet:
Clicking the "More Details" link provides addtional information:
Last Revised: January 2, 2014
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