We live in an age of unprecedented fear and paranoia. If it’s not fear of government and Big Brother, it’s fear of neighbor, big business, even cyber terrorists.
Those fears can be put into action with a number of Mac apps that secretly record every keyboard keystroke on a Mac. Whether it’s at home, or school, or in business, monitoring and capturing what goes on on a Mac or PC has never been easier. Or, more popular.
Spy On Every User On A Mac
One of the most widely read articles I’ve ever written for Mac360 was last week’s How To Secretly Monitor Employees Or Family Members Using Their Macs. That set off a firestorm of debate and reader comments.
On one hand, there are hardened managers and administrators who argue for monitoring and tracking.
On the other hand, there are many Mac users who consider such tools to be a breach of privacy, whether at home, school, or in the office. Regardless, such tools are increasingly in use on Macs.
Here’s another that monitors keystrokes.
The Stealth Keystroke Monitor
KeyBag is what it says it is. A stealth keystroke monitor and recorder for Macs. What it does is rather simple. It’s an app that resides in the background that captures and stores every keystroke by every user in every application.
What good is such capability? First, it’s a good way to back up everything you type into your Mac. You know—just in case you lose a file or data. But the obvious reason is to see what others are doing on their Macs.
Employees and schools can use KeyBag to analyze work habits to improve productivity. It’s a good way to keep a detailed record of what goes into a Mac, by whom, when, and which app is used.
Setup is simple and straightforward. In most cases, a typical user will never know that KeyBag is running in the background.
Reports are easily viewed in the KeyBag control panel and can display specific users, specific applications, the window used, and the text string entered into the application.
Click the Applications tab in KeyBag and view a graph of each applications, including the total keystrokes for each.
KeyBag can generate detailed views of keystroke activity in a specific time range, and export data for viewing in other applications. Warnings can be set up and including email alerts based on specific criteria.
Essentially, everything typed into a Mac gets recorded by user, by app, and time and date stamped, including all the keystrokes.
KeyBag’s publisher recommends that every user be warned that keystrokes are being monitored and recorded. That’s a good policy, of course, whether KeyBag is used for the family Mac, Macs in schools, or Macs in the workplace.
As is the case with other user monitoring and key logger apps, KeyBag is not inexpensive, and may come with an unintended price. However, I know many businesses that use such apps, Mac and Windows PC, and their use is growing in popularity.