With monitoring software, you can track a user's activity on a Windows PC, from web browsing history to chat and email messages. While monitoring software can be used legitimately -- to help parentsmore
With monitoring software, you can track a user's activity on a Windows PC, from web browsing history to chat and email messages. While monitoring software can be used legitimately -- to help parents keep tabs on their kids, for example -- it also has deceptive uses, such as spying on another person's activities or capturing keystrokes with a keylogger without the person's knowledge or approval.
Most monitoring software tools focus on parental controls, letting you filter Web and software activities and set time limits. While parental controls can help maintain family limits around computer use and online activity, parents may want to find a balance between monitoring and privacy.
Monitoring apps can let you view almost all of a user's activity, including time spent browsing the web or using a program, what the person typed, how much data they used, and what they printed. Before you install monitoring software, make sure you are authorized to monitor the computer or otherwise not violating privacy laws.
Some parental-control software, such as Norton's, provide a subset of monitoring tools without charge. Paid versions offer more tools and the ability to run monitoring software on multiple devices.
Norton's Family set of parental controls starts at $ 49.99 a year and includes the ability to set time limits. A subset of the controls is available for free.
A free edition lets you protect one device. You can use on five devices for $49.99. Qustodio lets you block inappropriate content, set limits on screen time, control apps and games, and view text and phone logs.
HomeGuard lets you filter website browsing, block software use, set time restrictions, capture screenshots of user activity, and record keystrokes. For $49, you can install on three devices.