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Why would my child be using this software?

asked 2018-09-02 16:42:25 +0000

bingebarron gravatar image

I apologize, naive parent here... I tried reading through the faqs and docs and I just cant grasp this. My child has this installed on his pc and I guess I want to know if he is snooping on the families web browsing habits?


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You have an aspiring network engineer there, one who's learning about protocols and how they work. Better read up on your Stevens to stay ahead of the youngster.

In all seriousness, talk to your kid. This is not a technical question, it's a question of family values.

Jaap gravatar imageJaap ( 2018-09-02 18:29:52 +0000 )edit

Jaap, thank you. You are right. Also, I think I asked the question in the wrong way. What I have should have asked is if its possible for such things? Or what do I need to be wary of?

bingebarron gravatar imagebingebarron ( 2018-09-03 02:54:23 +0000 )edit

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answered 2018-09-03 05:17:49 +0000

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Wireshark, depending on the capture setup, is capable to show the contents of unencrypted network packets at their greatest detail. Even some encrypted traffic can be decrypted first, given the relevant encryption keys. This allows the user to inspect all aspects of the network traffic, and thus analyse the performance of the network itself and applications using the network to communicate.

Unencrypted communications may expose operations performed by the users of the applications, e.g., web site addresses entered (through DNS), VoIP calls made (SIP/SDP/RTP). Most web site traffic itself (HTTP) is encrypted (HTTPS) nowadays, therefore hidden, unless the encryption keys are available.

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Thank you again Jaap! I will be dissecting the info you have provided and will be having a discussion.

bingebarron gravatar imagebingebarron ( 2018-09-03 14:52:10 +0000 )edit

If you're interested, take a look at this blog post:

It explains the nuts and bolts of how hard it is to snoop on others.

Jasper gravatar imageJasper ( 2018-09-03 22:31:38 +0000 )edit

Thanks Jasper!

bingebarron gravatar imagebingebarron ( 2018-09-04 22:13:58 +0000 )edit

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