The Paraben Porn Stick is a revolutionary new device that can completely scan your PC, and detect if there are any pornographic pictures. Employees that view pornography at work could make you liable for harassment lawsuits.
Does your computer have hidden pornography? Now you can find a way to scan a personal computer to see if there are any pornographic images on it. No matter if it's your husbands laptop, your sons gaming machine, or your sales managers computer, no PC can hid any adult images after scanning with the Porn Stick.
Find Pornographic Images on Your Computer running Windows XP or newer, up to Vista 7!
Paraben's Porn Detection Stick is a thumb drive device that will search through all the images on your computer, scan them for pornographic content, and create a report of suspected pornographic images. It even scans deleted images and Internet cache files so there's no hiding Internet activity. Best of all, no software is installed on the target machine so they don't know you've performed a search. You can even securely delete objectionable images.
Protect your computer from unwanted pornography. Someone doesn't have to be seeking out pornographic images to contaminate your computer. In fact, many porn sites contain harmful viruses that can do more damage. The Porn Detection Stick offers you peace of mind that your system is clean of unwanted illicit or even illegal images.
Who Needs a Porn Detection Stick?
The average age a child is exposed to pornography online is 11 years old. They may not be actively searching for it but chances are they've run across it and pornography is residing on your computer right now.
Besides wasted time and resources, pornographic content on your company computers exposes you to legal risks as well as disgruntled employees.
Schools & Churches
Despite Internet filters, pornographic content can easily contaminate your organization's computers. Whether copied from flash drives or other media, downloaded from e-mail, or simply missed by your filter, unwanted illicit images should be found and eradicated.
Because the porn detection software is embedded in a USB thumb drive, you can easily take it anywhere and use it on any computer you own.
A search of a 500 GB hard drive with over 70,000 images takes only about an hour and a half. Imagine how much time it would take you to manually find and search that many images.
The Porn Detection Stick uses advanced image analyzing algorithms that categorize images as potentially harmful by identifying facial features, flesh tone colors, image back grounds, body part shapes, and more. With less than 1% false positive indications, your search for contamination on your computer won't waste your time.
- Recovers & Scans Deleted Images
- Searches Through Internet Explorer & Firefox Cache Files
- Runs From the Stick - Nothing Remains on the Target Machine
- Securely Delete Any Unwanted Images
- "Blur" Option Protects You From Seeing Unwanted Images
- Recovers & Scans Deleted Images
- Supports Over 15 Image Types
- Identifies Images by File Headers, Not File Extensions
- You Control the Search Sensitivity
- Searches Thumb Drives and Other Portable Media
- COMING SOON: Support for Searching Videos
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (Except Deleted Data Recovery)
Porn Detection Stick - How it Works
Traditionally, there have been two different approaches to detecting pornographic content. The first approach is to simply determine if an image has too much flesh tones in it. The second approach is to comprise a database of file hashes (a digital signature) of known pornographic images. The first approach often results in too many false positive matches and leaves a number of pornographic images undetected because only one aspect of the images is used to determine if it is pornographic.
The second approach is unrealistic in being able to create a comprehensive database due to the sheer number of pornographic images on the web. Even if they could catalog all the images form the more than 420 million web pages that contain pornography according to Internet Filter Review, there's always new images being created. Besides this, anyone sharing personal pornographic images not available on commercial sites through e-mail, blog's, forums, online communities, or even personal images are not likely to be found by such methods.
The Porn Detection Stick has implemented a number of methods and algorithms to analyze each image to determine if it may be pornographic in nature. Image Cleanup - within virtual memory, the software cleans up the image for optimum analysis. Skin Detection - this identifies skin tones and texture within the image. Background Elimination - this eliminates background objects from foreground objects so background objects don't skew the results. Edge Detection - identifies the edges of objects. Body Part Separation - separates body parts into separate masses. Negative Curvature Rejection - eliminates objects with negative curves. Elimination - eliminates other objects. Face Detection - identifies faces within the image. Body Part Layout Decision - maps body part distribution and image layout. Decision - classifies image based on data.
Using this series of methods, the Porn Detection Stick is able to filter over 99% of non-pornographic images from a system leaving you with a fraction of the images on a computer to look at. A computer with a 500 GB hard drive was searched using the Porn Detection Stick. Within an hour and a half, the entire computer was searched and over 72,000 images were analyzed producing only around 400 false positive results. That's less than 0.006%. Another advantage the Porn Detection Stick has is it doesn't simply look for .jpg images, it looks at every file to determine if it is an image by the file header and supports over 15 image formats.
Whether you think someone is viewing pornography on your computer or whether you think your machine was exposed to pornography unwillingly or by accident, the Porn Detection Stick will help you quickly investigate your computer and help you determine if pornographic images are present.
- Recognized File Types: 15 total, including JPG, PNG, GIF, and BMP
- OS Compatibility: Windows 98/SE, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7
- Memory Capacity: 4GB
- USB Interface: 2.0
- Dimensions: 54x17x10mm
- Weight: 14.2g
Log Into the Computer
In order to use the Porn Detection Stick, you must log into the computer you want to search.
Plug the Porn Detection Stick in
Next, plug your stick into a USB port on your computer.
If your computer does not automatically ask you to open the newly attached thumb drive, go to My Computer and *open the drive manually. Double click PornDetectionStick.exe.
*If you select "Remember This Computer", future scans only require that you plug in the Porn Detection Stick (even for locked computers) and it will run automatically.
Select Where to Search & Click Start
You'll see a list of available drives to search. By default, your C: drive is selected. You can chose to expand any drive and select specific folders to search.
View Search Results
When the search is complete, click the "Open Reports Folder" button. This will open the results viewer. Here you can view and delete any results.
Pornography Detection Comparison
Porn Detection Stick FAQ
How does it work?
Paraben's Porn Detection Stick can scan an entire hard drive or specific folders you chose for all images. Using different algorithms that look at things such as flesh tones, shapes, facial recognition, and more, it determines if each image is likely to be pornographic in nature. If an image is suspected of being illicit, it copies and categorizes them into folders in the report called "Suspect" or "Highly Suspect".
Is it 100% accurate?
Nothing is 100% accurate when it comes to scanning for pornography. The Porn Detection Stick is designed to make your investigation quick and easy. A typical home system can contain anywhere from 10,000 images to hundreds of thousands of images. The Porn Detection Stick is designed to analyze all these images and tell you which ones are most likely to contain pornography. Typically, out of 50,000 images scanned, the Porn Detection Stick will determine that around 350 images may contain pornography on a clean system. Viewing these 350 "false positive" images is very easy compared to the 50,000 images on the system.
There are a number of images in the "Suspect" and "Highly Suspect" folders but none of them are pornographic. Why?
Images that are determined to be suspect can easily be a false positive hit. This means there are elements in the image that triggered enough suspicion for it to be categorized as suspicious.
You'll notice many of these pictures are of people who have a larger amount of skin showing (pictures of babies often get marked as suspicious) or contain a lot of flesh tone color (a picture of a cardboard box may be marked as a false positive) or even have round or elongated shapes (pictures of fruit often get marked as suspicious). Sometimes it's not obvious why an image is marked as a false positive.
The Porn Detection Stick can also miss some pornographic images. These misses are a small percentage of overall pornographic images. The thing to remember is that if someone is viewing pornography, there will generally be a large number of images marked as suspicious even if a few get past the scan.
What image formats does the Porn Detection Support?
The Porn Detection Stick finds much more than just *.jpg images. It scans the following types of images: JPEG, JPG, PNG, RAS, TIFF, TIF, GIF, TGA, BMP, WBMP, JP2, JPC, ICO, PCX, WMF, PGX, DIB, and PNM.
How fast does it work?
That depends on a number of factors such as computer speed, the size of the drive/folders being scanned, and the size of the images. Scanning of an average computer with a 500 GB hard drive and over 70,000 images took just over an hour and a half in testing and resulted in only about 400 results in suspect or highly suspect that needed to be reviewed.
Do I need the password of the computer I'm scanning for pornography?
Yes, for the first scan. You will need to be logged into the system you are investigating the first time you use the Porn Detection Stick to scan for pornography. By clicking the "Remember This Computer" the first time you run a scan on a computer, you will be able to simply plug the stick into the computer in the future and it will automatically run a scan. If you plan on using the "Remember This Computer" option, you will need to be logged in as Admin.
Does the Porn Detection Stick prevent pornographic material from getting on my computer?
No. The Porn Detection Stick was designed as an investigative tool only. Porn filters and other preventative measures can always fail. The Porn Detection Stick simply analyzes all the images on a system so you can identify illicit images and remove them.
Can't I just search my computer for *.jpg and find all the images?
No. There are many file formats for images. Images can also be deleted or stored in Internet browser cache files. The Porn Detection Stick finds all of the most popular image formats, recovers deleted images, and parses out images from Internet cache files. Besides, many machines contain tens of thousands of images. Manually viewing each of them is a daunting task.
There are multiple folders in when I open reports. Which one is my search results?
Each report is saved under a folder named with the time the search started (i.e. 2009-10-29 22-54-51 for a search that was started October 29, 2009 at 10:54:51 PM). You can keep as many reports on your stick as room will allow. Keep in mind that there is a limited amount of space on the Porn Detection Stick so clear your reports regularly.
What does "Remember This Computer" do?
The first time you insert the Porn Detection Stick into a new computer, you will need to manually navigate to the drive (most times, Windows will simply ask if you want to open the root folder of the thumb drive) and double-click on the Porn Detection Stick software to run it. If you click the "Remember This Computer" button, you will no longer have to manually launch the Porn Detection Stick software each time you want to scan this computer (even if there is a password on the system). The Porn Detection Stick thumb drive will be recognized by the system and allowed to automatically run the software and a scan will automatically start as well (it may take a minute on some systems for the software to open).
Is the Porn Detection Stick considered spyware?
No. Spyware is software that is either installed on a system unknowingly to the user or software that gathers and sends information over the Internet without the user's knowledge. The Porn Detection Stick is an investigation tool that simply detects the presence of pornography on a computer.
It says there are "Suspect" images. Does this mean there's porn on my computer?
Not necessarily. Suspect and Highly Suspect images are likely to be pornographic in nature, however, there are always going to be false positives. Even some standard Windows images have enough features to be marked as suspicious. Typically, less than 0.07% of images will be false positives when compared to the overall number of images on a system.
The Porn Detection Stick found a handful of pornographic images. Does this mean my kids have been surfing porn?
It is important to realize that even accidental exposure to pornographic images online can leave an image trail on a computer. If you discover only a few pornographic images, it's not likely the user has been viewing pornography. It is important to use this as a warning to talk with your kids and teach them where they should and should not go on the internet.
Can I scan other thumb drives and media cards?
Yes. Simply insert any type of media that will mount as a drive on the computer before running the Porn Detection Stick and select that drive letter before clicking start. This means you can search memory sticks from cameras, cell phones, or larger capacity portable storage devices.
How do I view the images suspected of being pornographic?
Once a scan is complete, click on the "Reports" button. This will open the reports viewer. Click on the report you wish to view. From here, you can highlight any thumbnail you want to view, delete images, or see the path where they are stored on the computer.
After a Scan, I get an error when trying to delete the images. Why?
The most likely reason is that you have removed the Porn Detection Stick from the original computer and are running it on a different machine. The Porn Detection Stick cannot delete images if it isn't connected to the computer associated with the report. Another reason may be that the image has already been deleted.
I see files in the "Suspect" and "Highly Suspect" folders that don't open. Because the Porn Detection Stick is designed by a digital forensic company specializing in digital investigations, images are searched by the file header rather than file extensions. Also, many image formats may need to be viewed in the program that created them (such as Photoshop images).
These files that can't be viewed are images of some type and are usually simply missing their file extension or have the wrong file extension. Most of the time, you can try changing the file extension to one of the following: *.jpg, *.gif, *.bmp, *.tiff, or *.png.
Can the Porn Detection Stick find pornographic content in videos?
Currently videos are not supported by the Porn Detection Stick scanning. However, this is something the Paraben research and development team is working on and will have available in the summer of 2010.
I accidentally deleted all the files on the Porn Detection Stick. What do I do now?
The PornDetectionStick.exe file is necessary for the Porn Detection Stick to work properly. The Run folder is a hidden folder that contains essential files as well. Do not delete these files. Do not format the Porn Detection Stick. If you accidentally delete the PornDetectionStick.exe file, contact support at http://support.paraben.com and we'll send you a replacement file that will work for your stick.
If you accidentally format your drive or you delete the hidden folder called Run, you will need to send in the Porn Detection Stick to Paraben with return postage and we'll reassign the files and send it back to you.
Model: K-P9904 - Paraben Porn Detection Stick