Employee Monitoring Software Review

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Why Use Employee Monitoring Software?

Nearly three-quarters of companies monitor their company-owned computers. They do so to help prevent data leakage, network intrusions, website access and liability issues. Employee monitoring software can also collect information on everything a company-owned computer does, such as applications used, websites visited, email attachments sent, chat conversations, bandwidth used, attempted system adjustments or location of laptops. Using employee tracking software, you can increase productivity, collect activity logs and employ data loss prevention tools.

While most try to hire trustworthy team members, even the best employees can sometimes be distracted from work by social media or entertainment sites. Employee monitoring software can control what employees are allowed to do on company-owned computers to help increase productivity. Alternatively, if an employee violates a company policy, shares proprietary information or causes a serious HR issue, you can use the activity logs for forensics and investigations if needed. Most capture screenshots, websites visited, software used, IM conversations, files shared and online or corporate emails.

For advanced employee monitoring, consider Spector CNE Investigator or Spytech NetVizor. If you need simple-to-use employee tracking software, check out iSafe. To learn more about employee monitoring visit our Learning Center.

Employee Monitoring Software: What to Look For

The best employee monitoring software will help you increase efficiencies, control data leakage and add an extra layer of protection to your current security solution. Top employee tracking software logs everything done on company-owned computers, blocks restricted activities and controls sharing of sensitive company data. Collected logs can help you should there be a legal or HR situation that needs to be managed.

Below are the criteria that TopTenREVIEWS used to evaluate employee monitoring software:

Monitoring
What it can monitor refers to what it can watch your employees do such as what websites they visit, the applications they run, email communications, chat conversations and search terms submitted to search engines. Many also monitor computer usage stats such as bandwidth usage, system activities, file transfers and interactions with external drives. Employee monitors can be configured to watch for suspicious activities such as large file uploads, system alterations or excess bandwidth usage.

Blocking
While some software just monitors computers, more powerful employee monitoring software can be configured to control usage. For example, to help improve efficiency you may decide to block social networking, shopping, entertainment or music websites. Most can also block website categories such as adult, dating or job-search sites. Others can be configured to block certain types of activities such as sharing files, attaching portable drives or accessing certain applications.

Capturing
Capturing refers to the data that the employee tracking software can collect. Most will provide information on the websites visited as well as applications used, chat conversations and email activity. Some employee monitoring software also logs keystrokes, including passwords, usernames, entire IM conversations and search phrases. The most powerful programs also capture screenshots of all activities, ports used and print jobs. Top computer monitoring software not only logs activities but also records the duration and frequency of the activities.

Management & Reporting
The best employee management software can be managed and deployed remotely and does not interfere with the end user. It includes a management dashboard that can configure permissions, run reports, configure retention policies and manage alerts. The types of reports available include full logs, graphical reports and slideshows of screenshot images. For forensics and to save storage space, most also include archiving tools for saving captured information should an incident need to be looked into. We also considered security features such as laptop location tracking, log file encryption options and data loss prevention (DLP) tools.

Employee monitoring software is no longer just prudent; it is necessary for protecting company assets from loss, employees from harassment or bullying, laptops from theft and valuable employee work time from being wasted.

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10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
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Price Per License
Visit Spector CNE Investigator
$135.00
Visit SONAR
$147.00
Visit Spytech NetVizor
$295.00
Visit iSafe Keylogger Pro
$79.95
Visit OsMonitor Full
$198.00
Visit IMonitor EAM Standard
$199.95
Visit Work Examiner Standard
$60.00
Visit Net Spy Pro
$169.00
Visit Activity Monitor
$189.95
Visit Mobistealth
$99.99
Ratings
9.00
8.98
8.98
8.95
8.75
8.20
7.75
7.40
6.45
4.90
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
10.00
7.50
10.00
8.75
10.00
10.00
8.13
8.13
10.00
10.00
8.13
8.13
8.75
10.00
8.25
8.75
7.50
10.00
10.00
7.50
9.38
8.75
7.50
7.50
6.25
8.13
8.13
8.13
8.13
7.50
8.13
6.25
10.00
0.00
8.75
7.50
5.00
0.00
8.13
6.25
 
Estimated ROI
5 Employees (1 Year) $9725 $9665 $10105 $10040 $10202 $9900 $10175 $9150 $10080 $9900
10 Employees (1 Year) $19650 $19810 $20305 $20400 $20455 $2000 $20350 $18300 $20240 $19800
Deployment Options
Software
Network Version
 
 
What it Monitors
Websites Visited
Online Email Accounts
 
Corporate Emails
 
 
Email Attachments
Outlook
 
System Activities
Chat Conversations
Search Terms
 
Social Media Sites
Applications Used
 
 
Documents Printed
 
 
External or Portable Drives
 
 
Document Usage
 
 
File Transfers
 
 
Bandwidth Usage
 
   
 
What it Blocks
Websites and URLs
Pro
  
Website Categories
Pro
   
Website Keywords
Pro
  
Chat Protocols
Pro
  
Applications  
Pro
  
Portable Drives  
Pro     
What it Captures
Web Activity
Screenshots
Emails
Keystrokes
Chat Conversations
Application Activities
 
Print Jobs
 
Ports Used
 
 
 
  
Target IP Addresses
   
     
Microphone Conversations    
     
Management & Reporting
Central Dashboard
Remote Management
Remote Deployment
 
 
Stealth Operations
Screenshot Playback
Alerts & Notifications
  
Usage Reports
 
 
Graphical Reports
   
Archiving Tools
 
Retention Policies
  
 
 
Encrypts Log Files
 
    
 
Time Control  
 
   
Supported Operating Systems
Windows 8
 
 
 
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Mac