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Internet monitors

by mcd416 / October 5, 2005 12:46 PM PDT

I'm looking for a program to monitor my kid's internet activity. I've read about a monitoring program called Spector and it sounds pretty good. I would appreciate any opinions/recommendations on this subject.
Thanks

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Net Intelligence
by DianneBlackett / October 6, 2005 9:42 PM PDT
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I have been using this to monitor my daughter's PCs for the last 5 months and I have been very pleased. It shows when they have used the computer, what software they are running and how long they spend on the internet as well as what sites they are visiting. It also tracks their msn conversations.
One feature that I especially like is that I can access the logs from any computer, so I can check what they have been doing without them knowing.
Other features include a virus checker and Time Controls, so you can limit who can go on the computer/use the internet and when. The cost includes a license so that it can be loaded on up to 3 pc's this was all for $40

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Screen Capture
by tbear263 / October 6, 2005 9:51 PM PDT
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Reading their site I do not see anything in regards to Screen Captures. I am currently using PC Tattletale and it will grab a screen capture every 5,10,30 seconds. I find this very useful. The only draw back is retreiving the captures. You have to be on the actual computer. The software will send out an email with all other Internet related info.

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Spector Bro & E-Blaster
by victor churms / February 26, 2006 2:26 AM PST
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No experience with either, yet. But from their website it appears that Spector Pro will provide screen captures, while eBlaster provides the ability to e-mail the reports to another computer. Screen captures take more room?? [they list requirements at 10-20 meg/day for Spector Pro and 10 meg for eBlaster]

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track computer usage
by rstejada / October 23, 2005 5:54 AM PDT
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Internet monitor
by tbear263 / October 6, 2005 9:43 PM PDT
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eBlaster
by kcbergmo / October 7, 2005 12:07 AM PDT
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My daughter is very PC savy so I needed something that was undetectable by spy sweepers such as Adaware and Spybot. I purchased eBlaster from www.spectorsoft.com for $99 and have been very happy with it. It emails an html report to me each evening (I set the time). The report includes all internet sites visited, both sides of all im chats (MSN, ICQ, AIM, etc), captures keystrokes (good for getting passwords to sites they access). Lists all files downloaded, etc. You can even set it to send you a copy of all email they send/receive in real-time to whatever address you like. I know this may sound excessive, and I don't spend every night examining the reports. But I do scan through them about once a week looking for anything suspicious. Probably one of the best things you can do is be honest and talk with your children about the internet. My 15 year old has stumbled across some hard-core porn before, but was aware that this may happen. There's no way you can shield them from it all, and let's be honest, they're teenagers, they're curious, and they will look at it sometime, especially if you tell them how "bad" it is and try to keep it hidden from them.

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Trust and personal freedom?
by Jelly Baby / October 7, 2005 4:52 AM PDT
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I feel a bit uncomfortable about "spying" on my children. I've never been fond of any kind of imposed censorship, believing that, given the right advice most people will self censor what they view.
I havn't installed any loggers on their PC's but I do use RADMIN as a remote administrator so I can control, view or just switch off their PC's remotely. They both know that it is there and that I might "drop in" at any time (although I rarely do) and I have left the Radmin icon visible so that they will know whether I am connected, and the settings available so they can turn it off if they really want some privacy.
It seems to be enough to moderate what they do without them feeling resentful or untrusted - but then I have 2 sons - maybe I would feel different about a daughter???

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Won't any tech savvy kids run ad/spy/logger sweepers....
by ackmondual / October 7, 2005 5:21 AM PDT
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to look for this stuff? I know ppl do at public PCs like at Starbucks. Or are children simply to trusting of their home PCs? Wink

IIRC, PCWorld had an article on this and even recommended some ppl do this.

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Spector
by imagasman / October 7, 2005 9:49 AM PDT
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I have a program called Spector from Spectorsoft. I've been running it since 2002 and I can recommend it. It will record keystrokes, chat, emails, and take screen snapshots at set intervals whenever chosen programs are running (such as Internet Explorer). Support from the company has been good. It runs in the background with no indication it is there.

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child protection software
by RandyMoses / October 7, 2005 1:34 PM PDT
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I have checked out Childsafeweb.com and their program provides software to protect children from getting into certain websights. Where most filter on words or phrases this one has taken the time to sort out sites and block them. You can set the level of protection. Check it out and reply with what you think.

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by badreggie318 / October 7, 2005 11:03 PM PDT
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mcd416, system surveillance pro is very good at monitoring the internet usage of your kids.whats more is that its pretty hard to detect and it cant be uninstalled using th add/remove programs feature

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Honesty
by hitbit / October 8, 2005 1:43 AM PDT
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It is a good and responsible thing to install software which protects your children from the evil that lurks on the internet.
It is totally wrong to spy on your children, you would not like to be spied upon now would you.
Tell your children that you have installed a programme with the intention of protecting them from others and themselves if neccessary.
If you do not tell them and they should ever find out they will imagine that you are listening to their phone conversations, opening their mail etc.
How would they find out, perhaps they will notice a mail offering you updates to your evesdropper.
Do not lose the bond of trust between yourself and your children.
Also over protection can leave young people with an :all is beautifull: view of the net and restrict their ability to learn the art of decision making for themselves.

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