How to discreetly monitor an employee's computer/Internet usage?
January 30, 2013 1:50 PM Subscribe
I am looking for recommendations for software to track/monitor/record someone's computer/Internet usage. Windows XP, one user account.
posted by radioamy to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My mom is a freelance bookkeeper and has a part-time hourly assistant, "Jane." Recently my mom noticed that Jane's productivity had been a bit low, and discovered by looking at the Chrome browser history that Jane has been spending a significant amount of time surfing the web. She is planning on talking to Jane about this next time she comes in, but this question is not about managing employees.
What I want to know is how my mom can monitor Jane's Internet browsing (and possibly overall computer usage, lest she switch to playing Solitare all day) from this point on. Presumably now that my mom is on to her, if Jane were to continue this behavior she would figure out how to clear the browser history and cover her tracks. I'm looking for some kind of discreet program that would allow my mom to occasionally check to make sure that Jane has actually working on what she is supposed to. This is complicated by the fact that Jane uses my mom's computer and doesn't have a separate user account, so any "parental watch" software that requires separate users wouldn't work. Ideally it would be discreet enough that it wouldn't be obvious to Jane that it's on the computer unless she really searched for it.
Less expensive is better.