Why do people climb mountains? Because they’re there. Likewise, applications which can violate one’s privacy and be used to spy, may have legitimate use in a business environment or any organization where security is required.
Logging The Keystrokes
There are probably more reasons to track a Mac user’s usage than there are methods, but the methods are simple to install and start at the right price.
Among the more popular security and spying apps is the keystroke logger which captures, more or less, every keystroke entered into a computer.
A few such apps exist for the Mac, including Elite Keylogger, which is free.
Install Elite Keylogger on a Mac and it records everything a user types into a keyboard. Email, documents, chats, web forms, and even the clipboard.
It all gets captured, stored, and secured, and detailed logs can be sent via email. Elite Keylogger even captures screenshots.
Select a date on the calendar, select a user or application, then click Keystrokes, Screenshots, Web-Activity, or Clipboard to see all the details.
Not bad for free, right? Elite Keylogger also has a pro-level version which hides in the background so a Mac user doesn’t know it’s there, and will also capture passwords.
Yeah, I know this is very much a Big Brother app, but there are legitimate uses for capturing keyboard information. I know of a number of companies here in New York which use keyloggers on both Mac and PC, though they actually tell users that they’re being tracked and monitored.