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Keylogger Software is Bad News for Time Wasters

Keylogging to most people means malicious software installed covertly to extract sensitive information such as passwords, bank account or card numbers.

To an employer, however, by means of a can be a way to monitor employee productivity and find out the most popular sites for employees to visit when they should be working. Of course, there are the usual suspects: social media such as Facebook and Twitter; shopping sites like Amazon and eBay. Sites so well known that their names have become verbs in their own right. But there may also be others, depending on the mix of employees. Local news sites with advertisements, celebrity gossip sites, even some of the new social media blogging sites all carry heavy advertising, and not all of that may be properly policed, so staff who visit them could be threatening the security of an entire network by idling away a few bored minutes between answering sales calls.

It may not be ethically correct to consider having to monitor using a keylogger, but neither is it ethically correct of the staff to consider they have the right to spend time pursuing their own interests online when their is paying them to work. And what's more, providing them with break times in which to legally surf the net.

Software such as Spytector can help managers, business owners and IT specialists keep on top of what their staff are doing in the hours that they are being paid to be productive. The full version runs in the background of any machine, and is undetected by AVG, McAfee, Norton, Kaspersky and many other popular programs.

Of course, keylogger software is not only useful for businesses. Parents could use it to track locations their children visit online, and theoretically, so could anyone wanting to track whether a partner or spouse was visiting questionable sites. These systems will show potentially sensitive information such as passwords and instant message contents if wished, so they could have a myriad of uses beyond an employer looking for evidence to place on an under-performing staff member’s file.

The most popular use of keylogger software these days is likely to be bosses looking to watch over their staff, however. Humans being what they are, sometimes a distraction is better than income-generating work, but using keylogger software allows a company to have backup when calling an employee to task about their time wasting tactics.

It might not be a pleasant thing to have to do, but keylogger software like can save businesses money and allow bosses to see their most productive workers.


Image Credit » Image provided by and used with permission of Spytector at keylogger.com

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wolfgirl569 wrote on April 22, 2015, 3:20 PM

Many places are starting to just block sites that are not part of the job also

WordChazer wrote on April 22, 2015, 3:27 PM

That's true. My dayjob does, and one of my previous places was even pickier about the sites it blocked. I'd not come across this seemingly legal use of keyloggers before though. I guess if HR is trying to prove someone is spending the day on FB instead of taking sales calls, it's more covert than their boss standing behind them with a cameraphone taking photos of them surfing when they should be working.

AliCanary wrote on April 22, 2015, 3:46 PM

I think it would only be okay if you TELL the employees, instead of being a sneaky jerk about it. That way, the rules are clearly defined. At one job I had, my manager told me up front that the boss saw all the emails, and that was very helpful to know.

WordChazer wrote on April 22, 2015, 4:01 PM

Most techy types these days will probably expect a keylogger or at least some form of surveillance by their IT department. After all, it is generally accepted (at least in this country) that overt and frequent use of FB, Twitter and other social media sites should be kept to a minimum on work machinery. Our local news site is blocked, due to the webmaster's habit of hosting questionable spammy ads, and even some pages on the BBC and Guardian news sites are blocked. A former colleague spent much of her day with an FB window open, even if she had other windows open to cover the main screen most of the time. Her contract was not renewed.

maxeen wrote on April 22, 2015, 4:49 PM

Interesting stuff ,I had no idea all of that went on.

Soonerdad3 wrote on April 22, 2015, 5:26 PM

Yes keylogging software definitely has non-malicious uses like the ones you mentioned in your article, however, I have not actually heard of used by a business to keep an eye on its own employees.

trufflehunter wrote on April 23, 2015, 6:28 AM

I have never heard of keylogger software till today but I do know of companies that install firewalls so that their employees are blocked from certain sites.