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
- Start Norton Security Suite and select "Manage Firewall"
- 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
- Select Monitor.
- 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
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
Clicking the "More Details" link provides
Last Revised: January 2, 2014
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