?There are many reasons to consider computer monitoring software. The first and
foremost is to monitor your children to make sure they are safe when online and to
limit access to undesirable websites. A second reason is to observe your spouse when
you suspect them of cheating. Another use would be to monitor or limit website
access to employees who should be working and not using the internet for personal
use. In addition there are many other possibilities such as monitoring criminal activity
or simply restricting certain websites.
If you decide that
Let's take a look at how the software works.
Computer monitoring software will secretly work on a computer (including laptops)
in the background without any trace of the software in the system registry. It will not
appear in the system tray, the process list, the task manager, desktop, or in the
Add/Remove programs. It should not be disrupted by firewalls, spy ware or anti virus
applications and is completely invisible. The individual using the computer will not
know about the software and will use the computer as they normally would. Even
hitting the famous control, alternate, delete buttons will not display or stop the
So how exactly does the software work?
The software will record websites visited, keystrokes typed, IM (instant message)
chats, email sent and received including web mail, chats, applications used, Word and
Excel documents and even take screen shots. The computer monitoring software will
let you quickly determine if your child is safe or your spouse is cheating. It will also
allow you to block websites or software on the monitored computer. The software will
let you every detail of the computer use.
Accessing the recorded data will differ with the types of computer monitoring
software. Many programs will email you the recorded data in a form of a text file.
Some require you to access the computer directly to view the data. The best will allow
you to access the data online from any computer with a user login. This is the
So now that you have decided on using computer monitoring software you are
probably wondering if it is legal. In most cases the answer is yes however this
depends on the state or country you live in. When monitoring employees it is
recommended to check with state laws or union agreements.
Of course using the software may also be a moral dilemma. Should I spy on my
children, spouse, or employees? In today's technological world a child can be
victimized at home without evening meeting the offender. The sleepless nights could
end in you finally find out your spouse is not cheating. Or maybe you finally have
proof that they are. You can stop employees from visiting inappropriate websites at
work by blocking access to them.
To conclude there are many legitimate reasons to use computer monitoring software.
This is a valuable tool for many and can help to save your children, marriage, or
business. It is up to you to decide if it is morally acceptable.