Portable: Because the chat analysis software is embedded in a USB thumb drive, you can easily take it anywhere and use it on any computer you own.
Fast: Because we know how to distinguish between chat logs and other files of similar format, searching a hard drive of any size is fast and easy. Chat logs are generally small as files go so copying them to the stick and parsing them out so they are easy to read is a snap.
Inconspicuous: The Chat Stick looks like any other USB drive. No one would suspect the device can be used to see what they are saying with chat programs when they are using your computer.
Parents: Sexual predators don't only lurk in chat rooms. Once they gain your child's trust, they often start to chat with them through regular chat clients. Kids also often talk about things they've done or are planning to do with their friends online not thinking they're leaving a trail of their conversations behind.
Employers: Are your company secrets being leaked right under your nose? Employees using chat clients can not only waste hours of time chatting with family and friends, they can use a chat client to send sensitive data to anyone.
How To Use
- Step 1: Start and Log Into Computer
- Step 2: Plug the Chat Stick into any USB port
- Step 3: Open ChatStick.exe
- Step 4: Click Find Chat Logs
- Step 5: Click the "View Found Chat Logs" button
How does it work? The Chat Stick knows where each supported chat client stores its logs. It quickly scans a computer for saved chat logs and saves them in a special report on the stick so you can view them at your convenience.
How fast does it work? That depends on a number of factors such as computer speed, the size of the drive being scanned, and the size of the chat logs. Typically, a search will only take a few minutes.
What does "Remember This Computer" do? The first time you insert the Chat 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 Chat Stick software to run it. If you click the "Remember This Computer" button, you will no longer have to manually launch the Chat Stick software each time you want to get chat logs from this computer. The Chat Stick thumb drive will be recognized by the system and allowed to automatically run the software and automatically start searching for chat logs (it may take a minute on some systems for the program to start).
Does the Chat Stick record chat conversations as they occur? No. The Chat Stick was designed as an investigation tool. This means it only analyzes data that has already been saved in the form of chat logs by the supported chat client.
Is the Chat 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 Chat Stick is an investigation tool that simply scans a computer for chat logs and saves them in an easy to read format for you to read through at any time.
I run a search with the Chat Stick but it doesn't find any chat logs. Why? This is either because there are no supported chat clients on the computer or logging is not turned. Chat clients generally have the ability for the user to turn chat logs on or off.
How can I turn chat logs on? Each chat client is different. Generally, there is a Preferences or Options menu in the main chat client program. Look for an Archive or Login option and set it to save all conversations.
Does the Chat Stick get Facebook and other web based chat logs? The Chat Stick typically cannot display conversations for web based chats. However, under the advanced options in the program, you can choose to save all web activity from your browser's cache. Sometimes, these files can contain remnants of conversations for web based chats. If selected, Internet activity will be included in your Chat Stick report for you to manually search through.
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. 2017-10-1 22-54-51 for a search that was started October 1, 2017 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 Chat Stick, however, chat logs are generally small so you should be able to save hundreds of found logs on your stick before you need to delete them.