A monitoring tool by any other name

Search for a system spy tool and you may find this one offered under several names, but regardless of its aliases, it adequately captures keystrokes, programs used, Web sites visited, and screenshots.

Those searching for a system spy tool will find that this one looks familiar. Offered under many different names, this all-in-one system-monitoring application adequately captures keystrokes, programs used, Web sites visited, and screenshots. SpyBoss Keylogger Pro's interface includes simple pull-down menus and function buttons. Arranged in a "see all settings at one glance" format, this interface won't take users more than a few minutes to master.

Set options, start spying, and return to read a log at your leisure. The app captures many types of data. Screen-capture timing is easy to set, but the program doesn't allow an image size limit. Users could find they quickly fill up a drive with screen images. Lists of programs started and Web sites visited are stored in the encrypted log file.

The keylogger saves strokes in an easy to read format. Unfortunately, it wasn't always as clear when using the program's Playback feature, which plays on a tab of the program, and not in the original application windows. It does give a close-up view of all keystrokes, screen captures, and other saved data, though.

There is a simple feature to e-mail logs, but recipients need SpyBoss Keylogger Pro to read the file. If you don't mind viewing playback in a small tabbed window, give this app a test.

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