Monitoring User activities

By jbaker ·
I am looking for an application that will allow me to monitor a particular user's actions. Something along the lines of a keylogger, but covering mouse clicks as well.

Any recommendations of software to try and software to possibly avoid?

Thanks in advance.

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Is it a simple or complex problem you are monitoring?

by drowningnotwaving In reply to Monitoring User activitie ...

If it is simple (that is, behaviour that isn't acceptible but you are happy to amend it), just tell them (even in a broadcast email to lots of folks) that activity/usage is being monitored. You probably wont have to actually do a thing.

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Why are you doing this?

by gadgetgirl In reply to Monitoring User activitie ...

This is a specific problem normally left to security and investigation personnel.

I'm not being funny, but there are so many do's and don'ts with this one, that you really need to involve security so you can maintain the chain of evidence in the event of things going legal.

If you don't have a nominated security officer, pm me and I'll try to help you out, but bear in mind I'm in the UK and the laws are totally different!


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MS Media Encoder

by Fred123456 In reply to Why are you doing this?

My suggestion would be to use MS Media Encoder to record a movie of the days events. Its a free download from Microsoft and will record the desktop as a movie for as long as you want.
It may take some expert skills to keep the application from being discovered by the user and/or keep the user from closing the app. But in the end it should get you what you want.

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Monitoring User activities

by Omnicef In reply to Monitoring User activitie ...

I have been very successful with Spector. It is not too expensive and I can monitor users from my desktop. It's about $99. The only trick is, run any Spyware apps and tell it to always ignore it or it might get removed by the user. Website is

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Further explanation

by jbaker In reply to Monitoring User activitie ...

This is an attempt to verify that two particular users are actually working when they should be. That is the reason that it needs to be more than a simple keylogger. The worry is not about theft or about surfing inappropriate sites (we have a webfilter for that, and it cannot be circumvented). Leagality issues are not a concern, as the CEO (owner) is wanting to check on members of his family.

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Family or not, privacy issues can be a concern.

by JamesRL In reply to Further explanation

Long and short of it is, that if you give them notice that monitoring will happen, then you are generally ok, depending on your local laws.

There was a case that went to the US supreme court in the 90s which upheld that employees needed to be notified if their phone conversations at work were going to be monitored. So now most employers that monitor notify everyone.


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Legally speaking...

by Omnicef In reply to Family or not, privacy is ...

A written notice is all you need as long as the computers are company property.

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Getting in between family members

by drowningnotwaving In reply to Further explanation

Wow, you're a braver man than me mate.

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This can be of big concern

by w2ktechman In reply to Monitoring User activitie ...

and really a sensitive area to be in. There are few reasons that one should be monitored so closely, and a keylogger is especially an issue as passwords and personal data can be recovered. If this was asked of you by someone else, have them find out the legality of it so that they are aware beforehand, that they might get sued or worse.
Then get it in writing that they both understand the consequences, and that your only part is to suggest an application, but not to install it or configure it, or watch what the other person(s) are doing.
Also, if you have an IT Security team, they should be the ones to handle this, not you.

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