Best ActivTrak Alternative for Employee Monitoring

Looking for an ActivTrak alternative for employee monitoring that’s flexible, intuitive, and fairly priced?

CurrentWare has the user activity tracking, web filtering, and DLP features you need to keep your business running securely and productively—at a fraction of the cost!

We offer fair prices and honest value to keep our products accessible to companies of all sizes.

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ActivTrak vs. CurrentWare’s Alternatives to ActivTrak

CurrentWare has the best ActivTrak alternatives for employee monitoring. The CurrentWare Suite has the key features you need to monitor time spent on productive vs unproductive applications and websites, giving insights that helps businesses understand how much time their employees spend on non-business tasks.

Review the key features of both employee monitoring software solutions so you can choose the right fit for your company.

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Bandwidth Usage Tracking
Search Keyword Monitoring
Internet & App Usage
Idle Time Tracking
Employee Productivity Score
User Logon & Shutdown Tracking
Track File Transfers To/From Network Share Drives
Track Downloads/Uploads
Remote vs In-Office Insights
Web Category Tracking
USB Activity Reports ⚠️
Alarms Only, No Historical Data
Paid Add-On
Email Reports & Alerts
Screenshot Monitoring
Monitor Remote Employees
Transparent & Stealth Modes

Employee Monitoring

CurrentWare’s BrowseReporter is the best ActivTrak alternative for monitoring employee efficiency; its detailed reports provide valuable employee productivity insights that can be used for monitoring employee breaks, analyzing team performance, and ensuring remote productivity by verifying hours worked.

BrowseReporter supports idle time tracking, internet activity monitoring, employee productivity grading, social media monitoring, and other key features you need from employee tracking software.

Last updated January 2023

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User-level Blocking
Computer-level Blocking ⚠️

Paid Add-On

Category Filtering ⚠️

Paid Add-On

Previously Visited Sites Only

Allow URLs & Domains
Block URLs & Domains ⚠️

Paid Add-On

Wildcard URL Filtering
Block Applications ⚠️

Paid Add-On

Custom Warning Message
Scheduled Blocking
Internet Quota & Timer
Port Filtering
Enforce Google SafeSearch
Block File Transfers to Cloud Storage
Block File Downloads

 

Web Filtering

CurrentWare’s BrowseControl provides the best alternatives to ActivTrak for blocking websites such as Google Drive, pornography sites, and distracting websites.

While ActivTrak is not designed to be web filtering software, for an extra cost you can get the “Screen Details” add-on that adds screenshot monitoring, alarms, additional web activity details (title bars, URLs, subpages), and the website blocking function.

By leveraging BrowseControl’s and BrowseReporter’s web content monitoring in tandem you can optimize your team’s performance by ensuring they are focused during work hours.

Last updated January 2023

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Block USB Devices
Allowed Devices List
USB Activity Alerts

 

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Paid Add-On

USB Activity Reports
USB File Transfer Tracking

Block File Transfers to Cloud Storage
Block File Downloads/Uploads
Track File Transfers To/From Network Share Drives
Track Downloads/Uploads
Pop-Up Warning for Users
Block Transfers by File Type

 

Data Loss Prevention

CurrentWare has the best alternatives to ActivTrak for protecting sensitive information from being illicitly transferred to portable storage devices, cloud storage services, and other egress points.

While user behavior analytics are valuable for detecting insider threats, ActivTrak is missing several key features for protecting sensitive information against insider security threats.

For example, ActivTrak’s USB security features are limited to real time alerts that require a paid add-on. ActivTrak does not provide reports or dashboards to audit USB activity.

Last updated January 2023

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On-Premises
Database Access ⚠️
Paid Add-On

Self-Managed Cloud
Cloud Hosted
Local & Remote Client Install
Command-Line Deployment
Active Directory Sync
Admin Activity Audit Logs ⚠️
Enterprise Plan Only
Windows OS ⚠️
No Windows 7 Support
macOS
Chromebooks
Remote Workforce Management
Citrix Ready
Transparent & Stealth Modes

Setup & Deployment

One of the key advantages of ActivTrak’s employee productivity platform is that it is natively cloud hosted, allowing you to get started with employee productivity monitoring right away.

That said, the lack of an on-premises deployment option may have businesses with stringent data security, residency, and compliance requirements searching for on-premises alternatives to ActivTrak such as CurrentWare.

While ActivTrak is compatible with both MacOS, Chromebooks, and Windows, they only provide support for Agents running on OS versions that are capable of receiving up-to-date security patches from their vendors.

For this reason ActivTrak is not suitable for environments that need to monitor devices whose operating systems have reached end-of-support/end-of-life status, such as Windows 7.

Last updated January 2023

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8:00 AM – 6:00 PM ET, Monday to Friday Support Availability ⚠️
Varies*
Live Chat Feature
Phone Support
Training Videos
Email Support
Knowledge Base

Customer Support

Even the best ActivTrak competitors need to have a reliable support team to ensure that its customers get the services they need to make the most of their employee monitoring solutions. 

* ActivTrak’s support hours vary based on whether you stick with their Standard support  tier that is included with all of their paid subscription plans or if you opt to pay extra for their Premier or Signature support plans.

ActivTrak’s Standard support tier includes 24×7 access to onboarding and educational resources as well as live chat, email support & scheduled calls for active support cases.

Their Premier support tier adds faster response times, on-demand coaching sessions, and technical configuration and tuning once per year.

Their Signature support tier includes the Premier tier’s perks alongside a dedicated technical account manager, annual health checks, priority ticket routing, a dedicated customer success manager, guided onboarding and 1:1 support, a tailored customer success plan, and up to 10 hours of integration support. 

ActivTrak’s support hours are:

  1. Live Chat: Standard (M-F 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. CT) / Premier (M-S 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. CT) / Signature (24×7)
  2. Email operating hours and response times: Monday through Friday (8 a.m. – 6 p.m. CT), Standard < 12 hours / Premier < 8 hours / Signature < 2 hours

Last updated January 2023

CASE STUDY

Shady Maple Transforms Their Productivity With Internet Filtering and Monitoring Software

Being able to identify negative browsing trends and put a stop to them within a couple of hours has meant that our employees are focused on the job almost all of the time. We have become an extremely efficient workforce.

"When we first saw the employee tracking reports we were totally surprised by some of the behaviors that had gone under the radar" - Kevin Porsche, IT Admin, Shady Maple
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Compare CurrentWare vs ActivTrak Pricing

 

ActivTrak’s most basic paid plan starts at a staggering $10 USD user/month.

To unlock the full capabilities of their platform you’re forced to spend $17 user/month and purchase several add-ons ranging from an additional $1-3 user/month!

For only $12 user/month you can access the entire CurrentWare Suite with user activity monitoring, web filtering, USB device control, and PC power management capabilities.

Only need to monitor web browsing, app usage, employee productivity, and bandwidth use? Get BrowseReporter as a standalone module starting at only $5 user/month! 

CurrentWare Pricing

CurrentWare’s ActivTrak alternatives are a cost effective solution for tracking the computer usage of your team members. CurrentWare offers fair prices and honest value to keep their products accessible to companies of all sizes.

CurrentWare’s solutions can be purchased individually for the greatest flexibility or as a full suite for the best value.

When purchased individually, the cost of BrowseReporter, BrowseControl, and AccessPatrol starts at $5 USD per user per month (paid annually). The full CurrentWare Suite includes all 4 modules starting at $12 USD.

Discounts Available:

  • Pricing breaks are available for businesses that sign up for multi-year plans or have future growth planned and can commit to bulk orders.
  • Volume license discounts are available starting for as low as 100 users, with discounts increasing depending on the number of licenses, and the length of the contract term.
  • Educational organizations and nonprofits may qualify for a 10% license discount.
  • Not satisfied with a competing vendor? Make the switch to CurrentWare today and you may save up to 25% on your first year!

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ActivTrak Pricing*

ActivTrak has three pricing tiers for their employee and time tracking software.

  • Free – Limited to 3 Users & 30 days data storage
  • Essentials – $10 USD PUPM
  • Professional – $17 USD PUPM

Their Essentials tier (formerly called “Advanced”) includes unlimited users, 6 months of data storage, USB device and file transfer detection, employee productivity tracking, remote installation, and screenshot monitoring.

Their Professional tier (formerly called “Premium”) provides 12 months of data history and adds additional features such as productivity goal setting, a personal insights dashboard for employees, and inefficiency and distraction analysis.

ActivTrak also offers annual subscription add-ons for priority support, extended data history, and the ability to use the data ActivTrak collects with other tools.

Due to the significant cost you may want to search for ActivTrak alternatives with a more advantageous starting price.

*Pricing last updated April 2024

ActivTrak Add-Ons

ActivConnect—$3 USD per user/month

  • Export & query data
  • App integrations
  • BI starter templates for Power BI, Google Data Studio, Tableau

Screen Details—$2 USD per user/month

  • Screenshots & Screen Views
  • Alarms: App terminations, pop-ups, screenshots
  • Web activity detailed title bars, URLs and subpages
  • Website Blocking

Data History—$1-3 USD per user/month

  • Extends ActivTrak’s data retention
  • 1-year increments (max 3 years)

    ActivTrak Add-Ons

    ActivConnect—$3 USD per user/month

    • Export & query data
    • App integrations
    • BI starter templates for Power BI, Google Data Studio, Tableau

    Screen Details—$2 USD per user/month

    • Screenshots & Screen Views
    • Alarms: App terminations, pop-ups, screenshots
    • Web activity detailed title bars, URLs and subpages
    • Website Blocking

    Data History—$1-3 USD per user/month

    • Extends ActivTrak’s data retention
    • 1-year increments (max 3 years)

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    Why Choose CurrentWare’s ActivTrak Alternatives?

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    Fair Pricing

    At a starting price of $5 USD PUPM, CurrentWare provides user activity monitoring at a fraction of the cost

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    Stop Data Theft

    Get more than USB activity alerts—Prevent staff from copying data to removable media in the first place

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    Control Your Data

    Our flexible deployment options give you full control over data retention, security, access, and residency

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    Windows 7 Support

    ActivTrak refuses to support any OS that reaches EOL status, leaving a blindspot on all of your legacy PCs

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    Stop Data Theft to Removable Media

    For an extra $2 per user/month ActivTrak’s Screen Details add-on provides you with the ability to create USB activity alarms.

    But by the time your USB activity alerts comes in you may already be too late…

    CurrentWare’s USB control software AccessPatrol goes beyond alerts with the ability to proactively block any unauthorized USB devices.

    AccessPatrol even provides access to historical USB activity data, allowing you to prove data theft attempts with ease.

     

    Have Full Control Over Your Data

    With CurrentWare’s flexible deployment options you’re in complete control over the retention, security, access, and residency of your data.

    • Sensitive employee data stays secured to your standards rather than being sent to a third party
    • Easily maintain data localization and residency compliance requirements by keeping employee data exactly where it needs to be
    • Keep your data for as long as you want without the need to purchase an add-on

    Installing CurrentWare is simple and intuitive. You’ll even have ongoing access to our expert technical support team to ensure your deployment is a success.

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    Windows 7 Support

     ActivTrak no longer supports Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008.

    ActivTrak only provides support for Agents running on OS versions that are capable of receiving up-to-date security patches from their vendors.

    As the operating systems of your PCs reach End-of-Life status your ActivTrak agents will no longer be able to update to the latest version.

    CurrentWare ensures your legacy Windows 7 PCs remain monitored and secured with access to the latest features.

    CASE STUDY

    Viking Yachts Stops Departing Employee From Stealing Intellectual Property

    CurrentWare saved us a lot of time and money. If we didn’t have them we would have never known what was going on. I cannot thank them enough for this software; being able to audit removable drives is invaluable.

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    We’re Here to Help

    The CurrentWare team prides itself on its high-quality customer support. We will support you every step of the way—whether you’re just starting your free trial or actively using CurrentWare in your network.

    At CurrentWare, customer success is our priority at every stage of your journey. We take pride in providing high-quality and reliable pre and post-sale support to make your experience exceptional.

    We offer the same level of high-quality support to all of our customers—no extra fees or packages necessary!

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    Product Training

    CurrentWare provides the documentation, training, and other resources you need to take full advantage of the capabilities of our products.

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    Our expert support team is here to help you. Reach out to us over email, live chat, or phone from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM ET, Monday to Friday.

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    The reports are very easy to understand and the fact that they can be emailed to you on a schedule is amazing, and have made finding productivity killers VERY easy. Customer support has been fantastic every time I've had to reach out to them; I highly recommend them!

    Kristen S, Associate IT Director
    The Coding Network, 700+ Employees

    BrowseReporter is simple to use and provides our company with the information we were looking for. Having BrowseReporter installed has prevented any internet abuse. This was exactly what we wanted!

    Denise P, IT Manager
    Paper & Forest Products, 51-200 Employees

    In my nearly 40 years in the IT business I’ve worked with a lot of support teams. I really appreciate CurrentWare going the extra mile to help me get the most out of the product. They’ve definitely outweighed any of the other competitors that I’ve looked at.

    J.S, Managed Services Provider
    Vehicle Dealership, 150-200 Employees

    BrowseReporter is an extremely useful piece of software for monitoring our employees' devices while they are at work. It enables us to view data in real time, conduct detailed analyses of each employee's activities, and improve productivity where necessary.

    Sebastian P, CMO & Customer Experience Officer
    Retail Industry, 10,001+ Employees

    Expand your capabilities with CurrentWare’s award-winning productivity and security software

    ActivTrak Reviews

    ✔️ What ActivTrak Customers Like

    Ease of Use

    Once the initial client deployment and setup is complete, ActivTrak is easy to use for novice and advanced users alike.

    What I liked most about it is the ease of deployment and the stealth of the service, it is almost undetectable which makes it the perfect tool for the consulting services we offer as a company.

    Source: Capterra Reviewer, 2020

    Level of Insights

    ActivTrak’s detailed reports and key features provide insights into a variety of metrics, making it suitable as a traditional employee monitoring tool, time tracking software, user behavior analytics, and keeping track of employee performance.

    ActivTrak is well suited for companies looking to monitor the remote staff productivity and performance rather than sitting in front of the cams and watching many users at the same time to evaluate work efficiency

    Source: TrustRadius Reviewer, 2023

    I would recommend this to anyone who wants to make sure their employees are working at their best. It is an effective tool to weed out the ones who are more of a hindrance to a company.

    Source: Trustpilot Reviewer, 2018

    ❌ What ActivTrak Customers Dislike

    Billing & Renewal Management

    ActivTrak has absolutely no reliable option to cancel a subscription, once it is ongoing. Furthermore – apparently they, not the customer, decide when the subscription plan should be upgraded cost-wise…

    ActivTrak cancellation practices actually breach European Union laws – in failing to provide easily accessible cancellation option

    Source: Trustpilot Review, 2023

    As a customer, it is disheartening to observe a SaaS provider insisting on renewing when the customer does not want to do so. It is imperative for them to enhance their billing policy, as adopting a confrontational stance ultimately benefits no one.

    Source: Trustpilot Review, 2023

    Product never worked well or synced to devices. We asked to cancel midway through the contract as we had not used it at all for 5 months and they held firm, charging us in full even though they knew we were not using it.

    Not great service. Just do right by your clients. Why hold our feet to the fire for a few bucks. Bad business culture to do that when you know we were not using it.

    Source: Trustpilot Review, 2022

    CurrentWare Suite

    Get all 4 modules for the best value or choose the exact solutions you need

    Get Advanced Activity Insights

    BrowseReporter is a versatile employee monitoring software to track productivity and efficiency.

    • Make informed decisions
    • Enforce company policies
    • Improve productivity
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    Block Harmful Websites

    BrowseControl is an easy-to-use website blocking software for restricting internet access.

    • Block URLs & categories
    • Block unwanted apps
    • Website allow & block lists
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    Stop Data Theft to USB Devices

    AccessPatrol is USB control software to protect sensitive data against theft to portable storage devices.

    • Block USB devices
    • USB file activity alerts
    • Block file transfers
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    Control PC Power States

    enPowerManager is a remote PC power manager for centrally managing power settings across all endpoints.

    • Track logon and logoff times
    • Log PC power event history
    • Remotely shutdown PCs
    Screenshot of enPowerManager's PC power schedule with weekly boot, restart, and shutdown events scheduled

    Monitor Employee Computer Activity
    to Measure Employee Productivity & Security

    Make Informed Productivity Management Decisions

    BrowseReporter’s multiple reports provide managers with the activity data they need to better understand how in-house and remote team members are spending their time at work.

    • Improve productivity management by identifying employees that are wasting work time on social media, games, and other distractions
    • Track productivity and efficiency for your entire workforce, a specific team, and individual employees
    • Find out the time slots that remote workers and other employees with flexible schedules are the most active
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    Enforcing Acceptable Use Policies Has Never Been Easier

    Our employee computer monitoring software gives you detailed evidence of web activity, making it the perfect ActivTrak alternative for enforcing internet use policies.

    • Empower anti-harassment initiatives with evidence of employees that are visiting inappropriate websites during work time
    • Identify suspicious activity and insider threats with alerts when your employees transfer files to USB devices or visit high-risk websites including porn, torrents, and file sharing websites
    • Monitor employees to collect evidence of unwanted computer usage, then use BrowseControl to block unwanted websites and applications

    Automatically Capture Screenshots of Employee Desktops

    With CurrentWare’s ActivTrak alternative you can see exactly what your employees are doing on their computers. With BrowseReporter you can easily capture screenshots when specific websites or applications are used.

    • Capture high-resolution and compressed screenshots of your employee’s desktops
    • Monitor desktops in real-time to watch for unsafe data handling and inappropriate behavior
    • Screenshots are tagged with the website or application that was being used, the time, and the name of the computer that was captured
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    Real-Time Employee Computer Activity Dashboards & Reports

    Improve business intelligence with advanced insights into web browsing, app usage, bandwidth consumption, productivity, and more!

    • Identify productivity leaks
    • Enforce company policies
    • Detect software waste

    CASE STUDY

    Boston Centerless Scales Production & Adapts to Remote Work With the CurrentWare Suite

    CurrentWare has been nothing but supportive of us since we started. This is probably one of the best systems that we’ve ever invested in.

    Once we got CurrentWare installed it opened the door for remote work for us; we could control the equipment and make sure our people were being productive and safe.

    It’s easy to overlook the threat that can arise from within the company, especially when devices are being taken off site. The damage that data breaches can cause is enormous!

    CurrentWare's Optional Features to Improve Transparency & Limit Privacy Impacts

    The best computer monitoring software provides the flexibility you need to monitor computer activity while respecting privacy expectations

    Here are some of the best privacy enhancing features of CurrentWare

    End-User Reports

    Give your users access to their own computer activity data so they can see exactly what data is being captured and use it for their benefit.

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    Custom Data Retention

    Automatically delete user activity data after a set period of time. Maintain auditable records of computer usage for only as long as needed.

    Monitoring Software Notifications

    Periodically display a pop-up message to notify your users that their computer activity is being monitored. The notification's message can be customized.

    Show in System Tray

    Enable this feature to make the CurrentWare Client visible in the system tray of your users' computers.

    Limit Access to User Data

    Restrict access to user activity data with a password-protected console and unique data access permissions for each manager. 

    Schedule Monitoring

    Schedule BrowseReporter’s computer tracking to only collect data during work time. Turn off monitoring during non-work hours and personal browsing periods.

    Disable Computer Tracking

    Take full control over what is being monitored with controls for choosing what is captured and excluding specific users from being monitored.

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    Admin Activity Logs

    These audit logs help your security, auditing, and compliance teams answer “who did what, where, and when?” when it comes to configuration changes and data access within the CurrentWare Suite.

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    CurrentWare's Key Features

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    User Activity Monitoring

    Track web browsing, software use, search queries, and more

    Remote Screen Capture

    Screenshot Monitoring

    Take automatic screenshots or remotely view desktops

    Application Blocker

    Track Software Usage

    Get insights into software usage trends in your organization

    Stealth

    Transparent & Stealth Modes

    Run silently in the background or provide notice of monitoring

    Block USB

    Block USB & Other Devices

    Set full access, read only or no access on storage devices

    Allowed List

    Device Whitelist

    Allow only authorized storage devices to be used

    Block Files

    Block File Transfers

    Prevent files from being transferred to portable storage

    Reports

    DLP Activity Reports

    Track file transfers, storage device use, file operations, and more

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    Block Websites

    Block websites based on
    URLs & content categories

    Download Filter
    Block Downloads/Uploads

    Prevent uploading and downloading based on file type

    Application Blocker
    Application Blacklisting

    Block specific Windows
    applications from launching

    Internet Off

    PC Power Management

    Remotely track and control PC power states

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    Centralized Console

    Manage all your users from the
    centralized console with Active
    Directory import or syncing

    Internet Off

    Platform Security

    Protect your CurrentWare console
    with 2FA, passwords, privilege
    management, and more

    Internet Off

    Offsite Management

    Extend onsite security policies to computers running outside the corporate network

    Internet Off

    SQL Server Supported

    Database scaled for enterprise and
    large business operations using
    Microsoft SQL Server

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