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The Best Free Monitoring Software 2015: Keep your children safe online

Parents worried about what their kids are accessing online are constantly looking at ways to make the family PC a safer place and implementing parental controls goes some way towards safeguarding those most vulnerable when using a computer.

Monitoring software goes even further than that and the wealth of programs available allow you to log everything from the web sites visited and screenshots to recording keystrokes and completely blocking certain sites.

There are a number of excellent examples of free monitoring software available and what follows is a list of the top five free monitoring software programs of 2015

Revealer Keylogger Free

Best suited to a PC where the user is likely to be less aware of a key logger in use, Revealer Keylogger Free is a limited monitoring program that comes into its own even before the premium features are unlocked for a fee.

The free version allows you to click start every time you want to start logging the keystrokes online and will give you a run down of all sites visited, words typed and allow you to save these logs to access at a later date. It has one other feature that lets you apply password protection to the program itself so that it runs stealthily without any users noticing.

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                                                                                 Revealer Keylogger Free

Using it in stealth is as simple as closing the window down and then using the designated hotkey and password to open it back up to check up on the results of the monitoring. Obviously wanting you to upgrade to the premium version, Revealer Keylogger Free hides the password protection in the settings menu due to the fact it compares favourably with the full invisible mode that is part of the paid-for incarnation.

Even with so many features such as desktop or active window screen capture, full invisible mode, and remote monitoring via email, ftp or local network behind a paywall, Revealer Keylogger Free remains a great monitoring program.

Free Keylogger Pro

Itemised reports and hiding itself are major parts of what makes Free Keylogger Pro a solution that will appeal to people that want a keylogger to keep an eye on what is going on. Free Keylogger Pro can be set up to launch on Windows startup and further to this it will start in hidden mode if you tell it to, which means the tray icon will not be visible.

Free Keylogger Pro comes into its own through its itemised reports that class logs by date and separates them out by keystrokes, clipboard and visited sites. Unfortunately there’s no way to group these together as one report and it’s just one of the areas that Free Keylogger Pro falls back slightly.

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                                                                               Free Keylogger Pro

The others is that the only way to get the program back up is to use the default hotkey that is Shift + Ctrl + Alt + K and there’s no way to change this to something a little more simple. Free Keylogger Pro also lacks any password protection thus meaning anyone that finds it on the PC and gains access can delete logs and alter the way it works.

Those wanting increased protection of their monitoring should look elsewhere, but for a simplified solution Free Keylogger Pro doesn’t do much wrong.

Refog Free Keylogger

Developed by the company of the same name, Refog Free Keylogger brings an much more advanced set of tools to the table alongside the keylogging options that are the fabric of most monitoring programs.

From the get-go PC owners or administrators can monitor keystrokes typed, websites visited and clipboards like all the other services mentioned so far. Although it also offers the ability to monitor chat activity, program activity, and computer activity, take screenshots and webcam shots, and also record calls and track files without an extra charge.

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                                                                       Refog Free Keylogger

All of the results are sorted into separate categories and can be viewed by clicking each one or alternatively as a list that includes every category so that you can easily keep tabs on what is being used on your computer.

Screenshots are taken automatically by the software at random intervals, which can be defined by the user, to give you even more of an idea as to what is going on and the whole system is protected by a master password that must be set up when installing it.

For users that want a more basic experience this has an advanced set of features that can feel like they are cluttering the screen and the free version only lets you look at tracking for the last three days, meaning you cannot even narrow it down to the current day. Even taking this into consideration it’s arguably the most extensive free monitoring program around.

The Web Blocker

Blocking websites before they can be accessed is another way to control the activity on your PC, and The Web Blocker offers one of the best ways to do this with options to block individual websites or types of content.

Branding itself as ‘Internet Parental Control Made Easy’, it focuses primarily on filtering content with social networking, adult material, and games, gambling and videos the three categories that it chooses to focus on. You can tick boxes next to as many as you’d like to select and turn filtering on or off depending on the user. There’s also the chance to turn on proxy servers, which is recommended by the program itself.

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                                                                                       The Web Blocker
In addition to this you can add sites to block lists and thumb through the internet history of any users on your computer from either Internet Explorer or Firefox.

The one thing we would say about blocking programs of this ilk is that they can unwittingly block websites that don’t contain any offensive content and this is something to watch out for when using the software.

Even though it doesn’t offer some of the advanced capabilities that come bundled in other key logging programs, parents wanting to block certain sites will take a lot of comfort in the features offered by The Web Blocker.

Keylogger Free

Following in the footsteps of its peers, Keylogger Free is another program that records the keystrokes of those using the PCs and for beginners this the simplest to get your head around of the lot.

There are no fancy screenshot recording modes to be seen and Keylogger Free simply records anything that happens on the system and saves it into a log file that is updated regularly by the program.

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                                                                               Keylogger Free
It can be put into hidden mode much like every other key logger out there and a customisable hot key brings it back from spying mode. One thing that is sorely lacking from the program is the ability to protect it with a password and those requiring that extra layer of protection need to look beyond Keylogger Free.


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Stare at Facebook all day? Watch out: Your boss could be monitoring you.

Merial Currer runs Patriot Scuba, an Occoquan, Va., shop that takes adventurous Washingtonians diving in one of two quarries within a short drive of the District. Two years ago, her son Will, an Army employee who studied cybersecurity in college, told her about ­ActivTrak, new software that would allow her to monitor her employees’ desktops, and she thought it would be a nice way to manage the office when she was away.

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Merial Currer, seen in a mirror at Patriot Scuba in Occoquan, Va., uses software to monitor her employees’ Internet use.
“We’re a family-oriented business, so we want to make sure our employees are on family-oriented Web sites.” she says.
(Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Merial has told her four full-time employees that she monitors their computers, and they don’t seem to mind — she says she has not received pushback and mainly considers her use of the software a precaution to ensure that her workers, many of whom interact with children in their daily routines, stay off inappropriate Web sites.

“We’re a family-oriented business, so we want to make sure our employees are on family-oriented Web sites.” she said.

Cheap monitoring tools such as ActivTrak, Spector 360 and Workexaminer.com have made snooping possible for even the tiniest enterprises, allowing managers to track employees’ desktop activity — covertly, if they choose.

The danger is that managers might rely too heavily on the technology, jump to conclusions and use it to avoid more meaningful conversations with their staffers.

“With any kind of performance management technology, in the absence of good managerial skill it can be really dangerous,” said Ken Oehler, global engagement practice leader at Aon Hewitt, a human capital consulting firm.

Developed by Dallas-based Birch Grove Software, ActivTrak gives managers up-to-the-minute screen shots of what employees are doing on their computers, displaying the images on a dashboard resembling a security guard’s camera display. Managers can send pop-up boxes that appear in the corner of an unwitting slacker’s screen, admonishing him or her to get back to work. Spector 360, a monitoring service offered by Florida-based Spectorsoft, allows employers to detect specific keystrokes, alerting an IT manager and capturing rapid-fire screen shots as “evidence” when an offending keyword is added to a text document or an e-mail.

Employers can get regular productivity reports showing what employees are doing with their time: breakdowns of which Web sites they spend the most time on and whether their browsers are open. And monitoring doesn’t have to stop when an employee leaves the office. Employers who want to track those working remotely can use ActivTrak’s “invisible remote installer” to install the service on any computer on the company network. As long as managers have a network connection and administrator rights to a given computer, they can access the machine without an employee’s knowledge.

This sort of employee monitoring is nothing new in the Internet age. A 2007 survey of 304 small and large businesses by the American Management Association and the ePolicy Institute found 45 percent of employers tracking content, keystrokes and time spent at the keyboard.

“Even if your boss says you’re not being monitored, everybody should just assume you’re being monitored.” said Nancy Flynn, founder and executive director of the ePolicy Institute, a consulting firm that trains businesses on electronic compliance issues.

The emergence of new technology means that employee monitoring is not just the purview of government agencies and large corporations — small businesses can monitor their employees at little or no cost. ActivTrak comes free for those who need only three “agents,” the company’s lingo for a monitor placed on a single desktop. It costs $34 a month to monitor five employees, and larger companies can pay $199 a month to monitor 50 workers. Most of the employers that use the service don’t pay for it: Of 31,203 companies around the world that use Activtrak, only 7 percent use one of the paid models.

But the way the software is used — whether to tell employees that they’re being watched and what to do with the data that ActivTrak generates — is up to the manager. ActivTrak encourages its users to tell their employees that they are being monitored, but the company says it is aware of clients who do not do so. For others, just the specter of being watched is enough to scare their employees off Facebook.

ActivTrak markets itself as a tool for increasing productivity, but its effect on company morale depends on how managers use it. Some employees, such as those in financial services, expect their activities to be under a microscope for regulatory reasons, but in other cases monitoring can drive a wedge between manager and employee.“Right at the heart of all of this is trust. Does the employer trust the employee? What sort of message does it send that they need to monitor their desktop?” said ­Oehler, the Aon Hewitt specialist.“The technology in the hands of a bad manager could be really devastating. In the hands of a good manager, it could be really useful.”


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South Africa’s security minister: spy data leak endangers national security

South Africa’s security minister on Wednesday launched an investigation into the mass leaking of espionage secrets to the media this week, saying the breach would undermine diplomatic relations and national security.

The cables reveal that South Africa, a prominent ‘non-aligned’ state reluctant to take sides in international disputes, was coerced by Washington into spying on Iran, with which it enjoys firm diplomatic and commercial ties.

Minister David Mahlobo condemned the leaks.

“Any leakages of classified information undermine the national security of any state,” Mahlobo said in a statement.

Britain’s Guardian paper and Gulf TV channel Al Jazeera said they had obtained hundreds of dossiers, files and cables from the world’s top spy agencies to and from South Africa.

The spy cables have said raised doubts about South Africa’s ability to walk a diplomatic tightrope between the East and the West, experts have said.

“A full investigation has been launched into the purported leakage, its veracity and verification will be handled in terms of the protocols governing the management of classified information,” the statement said.


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Identity Finder 8 Aims to Classify Sensitive Data

Data loss prevention should start with one question: Where is the sensitive data?

Identity Finder announced Feb. 12 the release of its 8.0 platform, which includes new dynamic classification system and sensitive data watch capabilities. The Identity Finder platform enables enterprises to identify sensitive information in order to take the appropriate steps to prevent data loss or leakage.”With this release, we’re focused on more than just DLP [data loss prevention],” Todd Feinman, CEO of Identity Finder, told eWEEK. “We’re now focused on more of the entire life cycle of sensitive data management.”Feinman said that Identity Finder is properly classified as a sensitive data management vendor. With the Identity Finder 8 release, the platform includes data discovery, classification, monitoring and protection capabilities. On the discovery piece, Identity Finder 8 now includes a dynamic classification system that expands on where the platform is able to search for data and what types of data it is able to find.The dynamic classification system is performed in real time. Feinman explained that there is a Windows service that runs in the background, and when new data is saved to the hard drive, the service immediately does a check to analyze and classify the data. The service can be used to monitor data written to a network file share server as well.

he classification data is aggregated to a sensitive data management console for centralized reporting across an enterprise.

“The console provides full insight into everything, even if the data is only stored on one user’s desktop or on a file server,” Feinman said.From a protection perspective, the Identity Finder console has an API that can potentially be leveraged by other technologies to understand which data is sensitive. Feinman noted that Identity Finder does partner with endpoint security product vendors. In particular, he said that Identity Finder can be leveraged by encryption vendors to help identify the sensitive information that needs to be encrypted in an enterprise.If, for example, an enterprise using Identity Finder discovers data that has a Social Security number (SSN) in it, there are several steps taken that can help protect against the data’s loss, though actually blocking transmission of the data is not part of the platform. There is an overlay icon that shows up on the user’s desktop that will identify to the user that a given piece of data has sensitive information in it, like the SSN, according to Feinman.
“We don’t have a technology that prevents the user from attaching the sensitive document to an email that leaves the organization,” he said. “That’s where traditional DLP products work differently from us.”Feinman said that Identity Finder isn’t trying to block the email message with the SSN in it, but rather is trying to change user behavior, so users understand what data is sensitive.”Our real hope is that employees start to think about the sensitive data they have on their computers that might be a risk,” he said. “We want to help make users aware of the data that’s on their system through the data classification process.”


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A different kind of leakage

A different kind of leakage

For better or worse, data leaks went mainstream last year. So much for being “anonymous.”

Sure, the hackers who stole Christmas hit Target and Home Depot in late 2013, swiping credit card info of more than 100 million consumers combined.

But then banking behemoth Chase got bit, as well, losing track of the data of 76 million of its customers. I should know; I was one of them. Got two new debit cards in as many months. Sure, it’s a pain, especially when you’re traveling, but certainly better than the alternative.

(It’s nice to have a card so new that you can still read the security code number on the back. By the way, did you know that, on the black market, that number’s worth about $2? While someone can pick up all the numbers on a single card for a single Alexander Hamilton? Not very good for the self-esteem, I know.)

And, of course, we all know about Sony Pictures and all of those leaked emails, featuring Hollywood douchebags, North Korea and a movie so bad it didn’t deserve half the free publicity it received.

Now it’s hit closer to home for all of us, with the massive breach at Anthem – where 80 million customers (and potentially their medical histories) have been syphoned off into the “series of tubes,” to quote former Sen. Ted Stevens. (Again, that data – which can be used to file fake claims while nabbing scrips – also goes for about 10 bucks a pop.)

Worse yet, that very same week, TurboTax shut down its state return operations for a while that very same week because of fraudulent activity. The timing couldn’t be worse there, either, with PPACA insinuating itself into the tax filing process – as if it couldn’t get any more complicated.

You get the idea: cybersecurity – if there really is such a thing – is a moving target. Complacency’s a bigger threat than any hacker.

At a time when more of our private information is “out there,” this is one of those across-the board threats. Electronic enrollments are obviously now here to stay, more people are shopping for health care online both on and off the exchanges, and maybe someday we’ll actually drag electronic medical records into the 21st century.

Hell, thanks to companies like 23 and me, some of us even have our DNA information out there in the cloud somewhere.

Carriers and providers, obviously, have a lot at stake. But so do brokers and their employer clients, especially the smaller business owners, who have a lot more to lose than some retail giant that can just drops a few million on a PR blitz. Besides, all the numbers show they get hit the hardest, anyway, more than half of data breaches hit the little guys.

Brokers – as de facto small business advisors – should be talking to these clients about steps they can take both for themselves as well as their employees. And there are more than a few damn good partners out there willing to help you help your clients, whether it’s identity theft experts or legal services.

Let’s face it, these threats aren’t going away, and we can’t realistically unplug and hide away in some cabin in Wyoming. And neither can your clients.


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Danger of accidental data loss

A recent Kaspersky survey has revealed that accidental data sharing by staff now produces a greater amount of lost data than software vulnerabilities.

According to the 2014 Global Corporate IT Security Risks survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, 27% of all businesses have lost sensitive business data due to internal IT threats in the past 12 months. However, the global data shows that for the first time since Kaspersky Lab began tracking these incidents with this survey in 2011, accidental data sharing by staff now produces a greater amount of lost data than software vulnerabilities. Both sources of data loss are most commonly found in businesses within the Utilities & Energy and Telecom business sectors.

According to the report, the most common internal threat is still software vulnerabilities, which were reported by an average of 36% of all businesses. Accidental data leaks by staff (reported by 29% of all businesses), and loss/theft of mobile devices by staff (26% of respondents noted it) are the second and third most-commonly reported internal threats. As the biggest sources of data loss from internal incidents 20% of all survey participants named software vulnerability incident, while 22% said about losing data from an accidental leak by staff and 19% reported leakage due to loss of mobile devices by employees. These figures suggest that businesses are slowly winning their struggle with software vulnerabilities, but data loss is growing in other areas of businesses. Other examples of internal threats that lead to data loss incidents include intentional data leaks from employees and security failures by a third-party supplier.

One of the most alarming trends uncovered by Kaspersky Lab’s investigation of internal threats is how often they occurred in businesses within infrastructure sectors. For example the Telecom companies reported by far the highest rate of accidental leaks and data sharing by staff, at 42%. The Utilities and Energy sector reported the second-highest rate of this threat, at 33%, with Manufacturing also having a high figure – 31%.

Software vulnerabilities encountered by companies within the past year were also reported by a high number of organisations from these sectors: by 40% of business in the Utilities & Energy sector, 36% in Transportation/Logistics and 35% in Telecom and Manufacturing sector.

Kaspersky Lab today offers a number of security technologies to control applications, close software vulnerabilities and maintain control over mobile devices, and offers unmatched insight into cyber-threats targeting industrial control systems. To protect the specific needs of manufacturing, industrial and critical infrastructure environments, Kaspersky Lab offers a custom-designed version of the company’s endpoint security software, created for manufacturing and industrial settings. Kaspersky Lab also provides the Kaspersky Industrial Protection Simulation to help organisations train for cyber-attacks that could affect the infrastructure of their facility.

To cope with internal security threats along with an effective security solution, such as Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business and special solutions for industrial systems, organisations should have comprehensive security policies and effective staff education: employees should understand and follow security rules of the company.


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  • Track web browsing history
  • Block access to any website
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