sniffer

Definitions

Computing

Electronics

  • A hardware or software device, such as a packet sniffer, which monitors network traffic looking for problems such as bottlenecks. A sniffer may also be used maliciously, to capture private information which is not properly encrypted.

Media Studies

  • noun a program on a computer system designed legitimately or illegitimately to capture data being transmitted on a network, often used by hackers to discover passwords and user names
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