In today's world, almost anyone can easily and cheaply acquire surveillance devices, or bugs, that can be used to invade your privacy. Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM), or bug sweeps can help individuals and businesses protect their privacy. While there are a lot of surveillance countermeasure service providers available, it is essential to use a trained, qualified investigator. These services are meant to detect bugs and uncover any illegal surveillance devices, any unknown technical surveillance devices, and any technical security weaknesses. Electronic surveillance detection is conducted to give you the peace of mind that your privacy is protected.
Is someone spying on you? Unfortunately, bugging and surveillance is more common and easier than ever. It can be done for any number of reasons, by a complete stranger or someone you know very well. What was the last time you used your credit card or checking account over the phone to pay a bill or purchase something? Identity theft has become extremely prevalent and criminals can use bugs to obtain your most important information. Frustrated spouses often plant electronic surveillance devices in their own homes to try to gather evidence for divorce. If you are involved in litigation your opposition may utilize surveillance to collect information about you for the case Hidden cameras have been found in rented homes planted by creepy landlords to spy on their tenants. Offices or places of business are often targeted and bugged to steal valuable information or trade secrets.
To keep pace with the different forms of spying, there are different types of counter surveillance measures as well. Technical security measures include:
These services tend to be used by retail and business customers, although some services (such as bug sweeps, eavesdropping detection, and wiretap detection) can also be used by individuals who fear their privacy has been compromised.
A TSCM survey should involve a professional investigator or investigators who will audit a company’s technical security. Investigators will conduct visual, electronic, and physical investigations of company systems that may be monitored and affected by technical surveillance measures. If the survey reveals any security issues, investigators can use counter measures or can gather evidence so that the company can pursue legal action against those individuals involved in the technical security breach.
Bug sweeps and other counter surveillance measures work in a similar way, although, unlike TSCM surveys, they may not just consider technical spying. Detecting bugs through bug sweeping and other measures usually involve an investigator who is trained to find surveillance measures. This person will use special equipment as well as visual and physical investigation to find any evidence of spying. The investigator will report their findings and, in some cases, will work to find out who is responsible for planting the bug and invading your privacy.
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