Software Can Help You Track Computer Usage
Several companies are betting that you sure don't. They're selling products that help monitor computer usage by employees.
Of course, there are larger issues here ... like is playing around on the Internet for five minutes so much worse than talking about Monday Night Football or your best friend's wedding in the hallway? So much worse than calling your husband or wife? If you decide it is, here are some of the many companies that can help you out:
- Invisible Key Logger
These folks offer a program called CheckNet, a "free and confidential" service. You give the surfwatchers your log files, and within two days they e-mail you an analysis of your company's Internet usage patterns. CheckNet breaks down the percentage of sites visited that are work-related vs. those that are recreational. SurfWatch's ultimate goal is to sell you a product that will enable you to block sites you don't want employees to visit. "It's easy to look busy when you're sitting at a computer. Employers are starting to question what employees are really doing," says Alexandra Salomon, director of content services.
Their WinVista Pro can keep track of everything employees do on their computer, from e-mailing their boyfriend to messing around on theonion.com. If an employee tries to launch a program you've decided is against the rules (e.g. Solitaire), it shuts down.