...digital voice recorders for recording conversations or voice memos, including spyware voice recorders for covert voice recording.
Formerly the tools of spies and detectives, voice recorders now find use among job applicants, hiring authorities, insurance investigators, and anyone else who wants a record of what what was said. Take verbal notes, discreetly.
Mindconnection got into the electronic translator business and the scanning pen business back in the late 1990s. Customers have come back to us, asking about other items they need. People have asked us about spygear, often with the need to discreetly record a conversation.
The voice-recording spypen is the hottest selling voice recorder.
The main reason customers want these devices is for the enforcement of "unrecorded" verbal agreements. It's nice to be able to shake hands on something, especially if it's a small project. So the other party promises this or that, and then renegs by denying having made any such promise. Sometimes, this is just an innocent mistake. You can clear things up quickly and with no hard feelings if you can say, "I think you just forgot your own words. That's an innocent oversight. If we could go back and listen to ourselves, how would that strike you?" And then you play the recording.
If you do this in a non-threatening way, you can usually get the original agreement restored.
But then, there are those folks who blatantly lie when they think there's no contract just because it wasn't written down. Your recording might not be admissible in a court of law, but you can use it in other ways to force compliance. When confronted with a recording, the shyster is often indignant and will spout things about illegal recording, or some other such nonsense. Use the recording as leverage. "I understand you don't like being caught in a lie, with the evidence recorded. The thing is, Joe, we can put this up on YouTube. How's that going to be for your business?"
Then there's the aspect of using discrete recording as part of an overall security strategy. That really does make sense. Here's a bit more to consider for security enhancement. Security specialists are telling us that the most cost-effective approach is to establish baseline practices that plug your own security holes preventively, through an ongoing program. This includes such things as:
Document control. Try to get rid of paper, as it is generally a security risk. Anyone can steal paper and walk out with it. Or just photograph it. Use a crosscut shredder to prevent that. Use a scanner to convert paper to electronic, and store securely.
Password control. Many security experts say the more complex, the better. The problem there is compliance. Seek a balance.
Information leak detection. Detect and remove hidden cameras and microphones. We sell bug detectors.
Onsite monitoring. We sell hidden cameras for that purpose.
When interviewing people for a job, you can "take notes" without using any paper. Plus, you can replay the interview and compare interviews so you select the best candidate.
When interviewing for a job, you can follow up later on specific things each interviewer said, without having written any notes during the interview (you are, instead, paying attention). Amaze them by "remembering" names, dates, product names, and other vital info.
Get industrial traitors, snitches, informants, and suspects to talk, by hiding the fact you're recording their every word. Then follow the clues they give you to solve the case.
Record lectures or briefings. Not only do you get the facts for later review, but you get the spoken emphasis so you know what the speaker felt was most important.
Wear it to a small gathering and amaze people that you somehow recall their names without ever writing them down.
Snoop out information without the intimidation of a tape recorder or pad/paper to cause people to clam up.
And you can think of many more uses, depending on your situation. This recording device, being a functional pen rather than just a recorder in a dummy shell, is about as discrete as you can get. Lots of possibilities for you!