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, surveillance by means of a keylogger 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 employees 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 employer 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 antivirus 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 Spytector can save businesses money and allow bosses to see their most productive workers.
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