Spy Agent

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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With a spy agent product, employers can maneuver around many common obstacles placed in their path by web-savvy employees. One of the most popular ways workers steer clear of company radar is by using web-based email applications such as Webmail. Since these programs do not operate through the company's email client, there's no record of such correspondences. At least, that's what your workers would like to believe.

A good spy agent application detects keystrokes and grabs screen shots, two ways of collecting incriminating evidence that travels outside of your network. If your underlings are using private Hotmail accounts to stay in touch with friends, spouses, bookies, or prospective employers, with a good spy agent program you'll know about it. Best of all, there's no need to catch your workers in flagrante delicto. This information is all logged, compiled, and sent to your email inbox, which you can access from anywhere in the world.

Choosing a Spy Agent Package

When shopping around for the best value on spy agent software, consider your motivations. Are you merely looking to monitor your son's or daughter's computer use? If so, you needn't spend hundreds of dollars to learn what sites your child is visiting and how long he or she is staying there. A simple 30-dollar surveillance tool should do the trick.

If, on the other hand, you're looking to monitor several hundred employees, and you don't have the luxury of a full-time webmaster or network administrator, you'll need a fairly sophisticated system. You may find that installing a detection program on the server side of your network (say, for instance, your DNS) instead of each individual client, which may mean 500 different PCs, ultimately saves you thousands of dollars. For smaller operations such as five- or 10-employee offices, client-side solutions may be just as financially reasonable.

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