What is Debugging? What is it used for and how does it work?

Debugging is the process of locating and removing computer program “bugs”, aka coding errors,  abnormalities, or unnecessary and unwanted software. Usually, software programmers handle debugging with common software tools. 

What if malicious code has been installed to gather financial, private information, record conversations, or online activity? That’s the type of problem we handle at Barefoot Professional Investigations, Charlotte’s leading computer forensics and debugging services provider. 

It’s a scary thought to think that your home, office or vehicle could have hidden electronic surveillance technology. Everything should be checked for potential security breaches. Countermeasures can help your investigator detect, locate, identify any illicit bugging devices in the future. 

Is Debugging a Form of Troubleshooting?

According to code performance experts at Stackify, debugging is a subset of troubleshooting. At Barefoot Investigations, our debugging process begins by identifying and locating hostile information or surveillance tools within your software environment and devices. We work to identify spyware, viruses, malware, ransomware, recording software, and other malicious code that’s used to invade your privacy. 

What is Bug Sweeping?

“Bug sweeping” is a euphemistic term for the process of removing electronic bugs, but it can also refer to detecting and identifying surveillance devices. This practice sometimes goes under other names, such as “bug detection” and “surveillance detection.” An electronic bug refers to concealed listening devices, software, or hidden video cameras. 

What are Countermeasures to Technical Surveillance? 

Sometimes, our efforts to debug identify common coding errors, but that doesn’t mean we stop there. If we don’t find evidence of surveillance or malicious activity, we will provide countermeasures to electronic surveillance to help you prevent incidents in the future. We will assess all vulnerabilities and recommend countermeasures. Our Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) delivers continuous monitoring for security weaknesses and breaches. 

What Is TSCM Bug Sweeping?

Technical surveillance countermeasures, or TSCM, refer to sweeping for bugs, listening devices, hidden cameras, and detecting other information security breaches. 

TSCM inspections require special technical training, equipment, skills, and experience. 

At Barefoot PI, our TSCM Bug Sweeping services include:

  • A physical search of your property and workspace
  • Electronic and physical inspections of phones, including sophisticated PBX telephone systems
  • A sweep of all computers, tablets, smartphones, and other internet-connected devices
  • Computer networks, WiFi, and cloud computing environments
  • Silent Sweep to determine if any devices are currently in operation

Our TSCM equipment includes:

  • RF Spectrum Analyzer – detects, analyzes, and identifies the source of radio signals
  • Non-Linear Junction Detector (NLJD) – electronic detection device
  • Thermal imaging devices
  • Eavesdropping detection equipment
  • Wireless activity monitor
  • Cellular signal detector
  • Broadband receiver

The greater Charlotte area is a hub of banking, business, industry, and growth, making companies a prime target for corporate security hacks. Charlotte’s business activities are attractive to those who specialize in information leaks, eavesdropping, or competitor spying activity. Private conversations or discussions could have devastating consequences for your company, but you can prevent it from happening. 

Barefoot PI can help you make TCSM an ongoing part of your security strategy.

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