A comparative table and reviews
of the top software for Employee monitoring
Looking for a reliable and effective Employee monitoring software?
We will help you choose exactly what you need!
On this page you will find reviews and a comparative table listing the best software products of 2021, which are designed to monitor the actions of users of home and workplace PCs. These programs can be used for tracking activity of employees working on PCs. Our experts studied and tested the most popular software for computer monitoring. According to the test results, a comparative table was compiled.
Using this table, you can easily choose the program that will best meet all your requirements.
Scroll down the page if you want to read a few tips on choosing the tool for employee monitoring and work time tracking, which will be the most suitable for your company.
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OS Support (Agent)*
Windows Server 2008 R2*
Windows Server 2012 R2*
Windows Server 2016*
Detailed manuals online
URLs opened in browsers monitoring
Internet Explorer (IE)
Incognito and InPrivate browser activity
Search queries monitoring
Social networks activity monitoring
Instant Messengers (IM) activity monitoring
AOL Instant Messenger
General monitoring options
Hidden recording from microphone
Hidden recording from web camera
Snapshots from web camera
Files & Docs activity monitoring
Applications Usage monitoring
Time of started
Time of stopped
How long it was actually used
Work time monitoring
Work time tracking
Monitoring of print jobs
Monitoring of print jobs
Software and Hardware Inventory
Removable Drives activity (USB, SD Cards, HDD) monitoring
* -The data are taken from the website of the developer
How to choose the employee monitoring software product which will fit your needs best
Tip 1. Cloud-based vs. Server-based product
As you noticed, the software products listed here fall into two groups: cloud based and server-based. So, to save time, it’s pretty reasonable to decide what type of software will suit you better before you start to look through the list of products. In a nutshell, cloud-based product stores data received from monitoring in the cloud, and server based one needs a separate computer (i.e. server) to store data. If you are very concerned about the data, which will be collected during monitoring of the employees’ workplaces, a server solution may suit you better. But if you are ready to entrust storing of these data to the cloud, a cloud solution most likely will suit you. It is also worth noting that a cloud solution will also save you money, because you won’t need to purchase a server and pay for its maintenance.
Tip 2. What operation systems are installed at your employees’ PCs?
Before looking through the numerous monitoring products’ functions, please remember what operation system is installed on the PC(s) you want to monitor. It will help you avoid mistakes and save you time and money.
Tip 3. Take time to clearly formulate what exactly you need
Being an owner of all PCs in your company, you have every right to monitor their use and perform staff work time logging (at least laws of the majority of countries say you do). Think what actually you want to achieve. Is it so important to catch rule-breakers red-handed – or you just want your personnel to spend more time working?
How many employees do you have?
What kind of information about PC use do you want to get? Think over this question and write down your answer.
What activities do you want to prevent?
Use of what applications do you want to have full control over?
Do you want to prevent such activities totally or allow them for a certain time (during lunch breaks)?
When choosing a web filter, think once again about the resources you want to totally prohibit on the workplace. What about, say, news sites? If you prevent your personnel from accessing them, they won’t be able to read any news there, including those they might need for their work. Some of the clients prefer communication in social networks to email and phone.
So, think twice about prohibiting some activity altogether – just limiting such an activity may be the better option. All in all, everything is up to you.