Tracking someone else without their knowledge is illegal unless, you are an employer or parent.
Digital spying is a criminal offense. Monitoring another person’s computer without their permission is a federal crime. There are few specific conditions where you are allowed to monitor someone else’s computer. An employer is allowed to monitor certain things on employees computer. A parent can track child’s activities as they are legally responsible for the child. Today we have listed 3 ways to legally monitor activities.
1. Parental Control Tools
Both Windows and OS X have built in feature that let parents keep tab on child’s activity. You can easily activate it to ensure child’s safety using these tools. Both platforms offer optimum required features. You can easily block or monitor website and app usage, limit the computer usage, filter apps and games by age restrictions and even block certain hardware access like cameras. Both platforms require you to setup a child’s account. This is the easiest way to monitor your children’s online activities.
ActivTrak is an easy to configure tool to track your employees activities. The software lets your monitor several employees at once. It also provides detailed report on user’s activities. Admin can login into a web based dashboard to view activity usage stats. You can setup custom categories based on productive and unproductive usage. The tool records statistics on when and how often applications are used. You can also setup the tool to track screenshots of user activities. ActivTrak sends alert messages when a user begins specific blacklisted activity.
Spector is an advance tool for long-term investigation. The tool is recommended to be used if you have a serious suspicion that an employee math might be doing something illegal. The tool takes screenshots every 30 seconds, it triggers screenshots if some specified keywords are used. It tracks website usage and and records chat logs. The tool sends detailed analytical report of all activities of the specific terminal. Employer can also enable to record keystroke activity, the software also records password inputs. All the apps by Spectorsoft are paid softwares.