There are a number of reasons you may want to monitor your home or office computer. You may think someone’s snooping around the hard drive without your knowledge. Or that an employee isn’t being quite as productive as they should be. You may have a teenager that you suspect of spending more time surfing questionable sites at night than they are doing homework. Or a girlfriend or boyfriend you suspect of being unfaithful. Whatever the reason, computer monitoring software can help uncover the truth.
You may know this type of software as it’s antiquated name – the Keylogger. Keyloggers come from a time when MS-DOS was the only mainstream operating system and the only feature required was to monitor the keystrokes. The software has evolved leaps and bounds since then, to keep up with the vast tasks a computer can perform, and hence the name has changed to ‘Computer Monitoring Software’.
There are a vast amount of options available when looking for computer monitoring software, but most applications out there perform roughly the same job and have the same features. Most come with a short trial so you can test the software before purchasing. Let’s take a look at how computer monitoring software works…
Once downloaded and installed (a process which takes a matter of minutes) you’ll be asked to set up a secret key combination and password. These credentials will be used to bring the software out of hidden mode, which computer monitoring software lies dormant in for the majority of time. While in hidden mode, the software will be recording everything that happens, ready you for you to read the reports. The main function of these applications is to record while being hidden, so developers put a lot of weight on stealth. (You won’t see any signs of the software in the start menu, task manager, add/removed programs, program files etc.)
You’ll usually be able to view the reports of what’s been happening while you were away by either logging into the software on the target computer, logging into an online account or by setting up remote email reporting. The latter option will send you emails with the reports attached at set times, which can be handy if you don’t want to risk getting caught checking the target computer.
The reports themselves will usually be broken up into sections or categories. In general these categories will represent websites visited, applications used, keystrokes entered, documents and files opened, saved or deleted, along with anything printed. Screenshot taking also usually plays a big roll, enabling you to set at interval at which you wish screenshots of the screen to be taken. Most software will also take a screenshot whenever a new website is visited or a new application is opened.
Author Bio:- This is a guest post written by Lewis Waller. If you’d like to download a free trial of computer monitoring software with all of the features mentioned, head over to the Gecko Monitor website (http://www.geckomonitor.com).