Being accountable while using your Windows PC is a wise decision in this digital age.
There are two main types of monitoring: router based or software based (a program you download and install). Router based software monitors all Internet traffic and rates activity by the domain name. Router options are hard to find and generally more expensive than software based solutions. The second method (software download) is much more popular and is what we use to monitor a users activity. Here is how this process works.
The user would download the software to their computer. During installation the software will ask for some identification – usually a username and password. Once the identification is verified the software sits in the background and collects activity from the device. Based on the provider you use, the records would include strictly Internet activity or app activity. The records are then transported to a central server and kept for the accountability partner to view via online reporting or email reporting. That is really all there is to setting up accountability software on the Windows computer. It is a very simple and straight forward process.
So what about my security? Will my records be safe out in the Internet? These questions are very important as hacking is a serious concern. We can’t speak for other services but we have strict measures in place to prevent unauthorized access to a person’s records. For any service, traffic from your computer to central servers should be protected with TLS security.
What about computers with multi user accounts? How are these monitored? Privacy is a top concern for any monitoring software especially when it comes down to multi user accounts. We have found that the best way to monitor multi user accounts is to have the user install the software per user account. It is a bit more work but this approach gives complete privacy control to the users of the computer.
We hope this overview will help you make the correct decision in setting up accountability software on your Windows computer.