Computer security is important. After all, our Macs (and PCs and iPhones) are full of important, valuable information. Using a password is a wise action to help keep out the riffraff.
What if the riffraff is family? Do you know what your family members are doing on your family Mac? One way to find out is with a keystroke logger. Yep, it logs keystrokes.
If You Spy, Are You Spying?
Simply put, a computer keylogger records all (or most) of the keystrokes made on a keyboard, Mac or PC. Why? There are good reasons, great reasons, and not so good reasons.
First, a keylogger is a good way to keep a keystroke-by-keystroke copy of what you write.
If you lose a document, an email, or an important note, the keylogger app should have a copy saved. All you need to know is when. And where.
Second, you may have others who want and need to use your Mac, and a keylogger helps to keep them honest, and forces them to avoid web sites they shouldn’t view.
Finally, you may want to spy on someone who uses your Mac and capture all their keystrokes for less than honorable reasons. Yes, that’s spying.
Keylogger For Mac Logs Everything (almost)
A number of Mac apps provide additional security, including the ability to record keystrokes. Keylogger for Mac is a basic keylogger, perfect for families and small businesses.
Setup and configuration is aimed at simplicity. It tracks keystrokes by user and stores by date.
Click on the username, click on the time and app, and the typed text appears in the window. Keylogger displays the user’s typed text, screen shots, web sites visited, and any system events.
Settings are straightforward, including password settings, and an option to show the Keylogger icon in the Menu Bar (fair warning).
You can see advantages and disadvantages with Keylogger for Mac.
The advantages are easy. Keystrokes get recorded—usernames, email messages, search keywords, and almost anything else (except passwords—you need the more expensive version for that).
Web page histories are also recorded, including the page title, time stamp, screen shot, and the URL.
Keylogger for Mac also takes a screenshot of what’s on the screen (not of who is on the keyboard). It works in total stealth mode and you can lock it down with a password so others cannot erase their keystroke logs.
This kind of app is good to make sure children are doing homework rather than playing games. And it checks to make sure employees are actually working rather than surfing the web or writing romantic (and incriminating) emails.
Be Your Own Big Brother
Keylogger for Mac brings a little more of the Big Brother to Mac usage. For good or bad, it has a place. It needs a longer trial period and a lower price to become popular for home users.