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Employee Rights vs. Business Rights

May 26th, 2014
Workers who suspect they're being monitored at work probably are - at least a little. While Bill Gates himself might not be doing the watching, studies suggest that nearly three-fourths of employers engage in some degree of employee monitoring

Workers who suspect they’re being monitored at work probably are – at least a little. While Bill Gates himself might not be doing the watching, studies suggest that nearly three-fourths of employers engage in some degree of employee monitoring

As I’ve mentioned in recent entries here, when it comes to employees’ rights to privacy, the deck is heavily stacked in favor of the employer. Businesses have broad and sweeping rights to monitor employee messaging, Internet, and email usage, to eavesdrop on phone calls, and to videotape them, provided they can demonstrate a legitimate need to do so. Businesses with employees who drive company-owned vehicles are even allowed to using GPS satellite technology to track those employees. The key to exercising all of this power is for employers to write clearly stated policies that make it crystal-clear what will be monitored and how. Such policies should also include statements informing employees that they have virtually no expectation of privacy when using company email accounts and/or computer equipment.

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Activity Monitor 8.7 released

May 23rd, 2014

Changes in version 8.7

  • new: if Activity Monitor password is set, it is used for connection to Agents by default. Set the same password in Activity Monitor Options – General tab and for Agents to avoid entering passwords multiple times
  • improved: if Agent password is not set, Activity Monitor will not ask you for a password. Warning! It’s highly not recommended to install Agent without a password
  • improved: now can record multiple events on Programs tabs at the same second, as time resolution increased from seconds to milliseconds
  • fix: when updating Activity Monitor from version 6.5 or earlier, Agent password was lost

10 Reasons to Invest in Keylogging Software

May 19th, 2014
Whether you own a business or are a busy professional balancing the demands of work and family, keylogger software can provide a powerful key to helping make life more efficient, secure and less uncertain

Whether you own a business or are a busy professional balancing the demands of work and family, keylogger software can provide a powerful key to helping make life more efficient, secure and less uncertain

Whether you’re a business owner or a busy parent or spouse, trying to balance career and family, there are plenty of reasons to invest in keylogging software like we offer at Soft Activity. In fact, although I was initially going to target this post only at business owners, I’ve since decided that doing so would be a disservice to consumer users, as there are plenty of compelling reasons to invest in keylogging software for both groups. Below are 10 reasons to invest in keylogging software, broken down into five reasons for business users and five reasons for consumer users.

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7 Things Your Boss Wants to Know About Your Computer

May 12th, 2014
Unfortunately, virus and malware infections on work-owned computers aren't always as obvious as this. That's one reason companies have a legitimate need to keep tabs on what's being shared and downloaded on their computers

Unfortunately, virus and malware infections on work-owned computers aren’t always as obvious as this. That’s one reason companies have a legitimate need to keep tabs on what’s being shared and downloaded on their computers

Introduction

Depending on how productive you’ve been at work lately, you might or might not feel as if your employer is doing a little electronic “peeking” over your digital shoulder. Maybe you feel as if you’re being watched A LOT or maybe none at all. Allow me to quash your doubts: you can rest assured, no matter how paranoid you might or might not be feeling; no matter how productive you have or haven’t been lately, your employer is probably watching – at least a little, but maybe a lot. That’s right. According to a study conducted by the American Management Association, three-fourths of the largest employers in the United States conduct regular, routine – and legal, it must be added – employee computer monitoring, keeping tabs on employee email, Internet usage and computer files being uploaded from or downloaded to company machines. While such digital eavesdropping may seem unfair or immoral, employers DO have legitimate reasons to monitor employee computers and mobile devices. Below are 7 things your boss wants to know about your computer; 7 reasons why your employer might be using keylogger software, spyware or other means to spy on employees’ computer usage.

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Human Resources and Employee Monitoring Explained

May 5th, 2014
Keylogger software, one of many options businesses can employ in monitoring employees, records every keystroke a user makes on a company-owned computer

Keylogger software, one of many options businesses can employ in monitoring employees, records every keystroke a user makes on a company-owned computer

Introduction

Time is money – or so goes the long-established credo of the business world. In today’s fast-paced, ever-evolving, high-tech society, this philosophy is more relevant than ever. Interestingly, all our hi-tech advances have given rise to cutting-edge tools companies can use to monitor basically every aspect of the work environment. It’s not difficult to see why businesses might want to use such tools; modern employees face more non-work-related distractions than ever. From smartphones to social networking to the internet in general, a workday distraction – something that pulls the employee away from the on-the-clock task-at-hand – is always just a click, swipe or even a voice command away. Complicating matters, however, is the fact that the line between personal task and professional can often be blurred by the fact both are routinely performed on the same equipment. Keep in mind, too, that employees don’t lose ALL their privacy rights simply because they’re on company time and equipment. They DO lose a great many of those rights, but Human Resource (HR) Departments are nonetheless best advised to take a thoughtful, disciplined, common-sense approach to employee monitoring, taking into account factors such as the work environment, the industry involved and the employee/employer relationships necessary to succeed in the given business sector. Employer and employee alike should also be aware of what of what’s acceptable and legal in terms of employee monitoring and what’s not.

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