Employee Computer Monitoring Software
CurrentWare’s computer monitoring software solutions provide the insights you need to ensure that the devices in your network are used safely and appropriately.
“The HR department suddenly gained the ability to present tangible evidence of disinclination to employees who had been underperforming or slacking on the job.”
Kevin Porsche, IT Admin, Shady Maple Farm Market
Protect Your Data
Use CurrentWare’s enterprise computer monitoring software to deter employees from engaging in risky behaviors.
Mitigate the temptation to perform illegal file downloads, dissuade the sharing of sensitive data on unauthorized platforms, and prevent the use of potentially compromised websites that threaten the security of your network.
Want to keep your employees focused on their work? BrowseReporter’s internet and software usage tracking can monitor the use of computer applications and the internet by your employees.
Use data-driven insights to address lapses in productivity, balance workflows, and identify disengaged employees.
Collect Evidence of Misconduct
Computer monitoring data provides your company with the digital evidence you need to address workplace misconduct and non-compliance with policies.
Identify illicit activities taking place on your network and take advantage of perpetual local data storage to retain evidence of misconduct for future e-discovery, audits, and other investigations.
Detailed PC Activity Monitoring
Use CurrentWare’s suite of PC monitoring solutions to monitor the internet, application, file operations, bandwidth, and peripheral device usage on your computers.
Configure real-time alerts in AccessPatrol to notify your security team to the use of undesirable peripheral devices and generate detailed computer monitoring reports in BrowseReporter for further insights into the PC activities of your organization.
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Workplace Privacy & Employee Monitoring
Employee monitoring software is an excellent tool for understanding how your workforce operates, however, there are potential concerns that your employees may have.
By following these best practices you can ensure that the concerns of your employees are respected when monitoring their computer activity.
If you would like to learn more about the best practices for monitoring employees in the workplace, download our free white paper.
Get informed consent for workplace monitoring
Though not all jurisdictions require employee consent, transparency is a recommended best practice for monitoring employees.
Employees should know what data is being collected, who will have access to it, and how that data will be used.
Avoid overly-invasive monitoring methods
Avoid tracking far more than necessary to meet your company’s goals.
For example, to enforce acceptable use policies you can monitor employee internet activity. Capturing webcam feeds and keystrokes is far more invasive than necessary.
Limit monitoring of personal devices
Employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy on their personal devices, even if they use them for work purposes.
Limit monitoring to work-provided devices and internal network traffic rather than directly monitoring personal devices.
Keep employee data safe from misuse
Employee monitoring data may be sensitive. When monitoring employees ensure that security measures are in place to prevent data from being misused.
Limit who has access to employee data by password protecting the CurrentWare console.
Is It Legal To Monitor Employee Computers?
Employee Monitoring Laws in the United States
In the US, employee monitoring on workplace computers is typically allowed so long as the employer has a legitimate business-related reason and they disclose that employee activity on work computers will be monitored. While most states do not require employees to consent to having their computer activity monitored it is a best practice for monitoring employees
Employers with offices or employees in California may be subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The CCPA grants California-based employees additional privacy rights such as the right to ask for the details of any private information that has been gathered on them, access to their personal data, and the right to have their personal data deleted.
Employers that are subject to the CCPA are also expected to ensure the security and confidentiality of their employee’s data and disclose their intent to monitor employee computer activity on their network.
In general, tracking the internet usage of employees is often permitted so long as the organization has informed consent from the employees, the monitoring is being done in the context of their work (e.g. not their private lives), and the methods used are not excessively invasive (e.g. keystroke logging).
The monitoring of employee-owned devices requires additional forethought to ensure that the privacy expectations of employees are understood. Employers with established bring your own device (BYOD) programs must disclose any monitoring that will take place when employees use their own devices for work-related purposes.
Employee Monitoring Laws In Europe
As the majority of employee monitoring methods will involve the processing of employee personal data, organizations that operate in Europe or that have employees based in Europe must ensure that their employee monitoring system is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act of 2018.
Note: Each member state may have individual legislation that impacts an employer’s right to monitor employee computer activity. For example, Germany’s The Secrecy of Telecommunications Act makes it a criminal offence for employers to open and review the personal emails of employees.
- Avoid disproportionally invasive monitoring. Employers must use the least-invasive method of monitoring available to meet their stated purpose. (e.g. productivity can be managed by monitoring web usage rather than individual keystrokes)
- Only use employee monitoring data for the stated purpose. Lack of predictability leads to increased perceptions of invasiveness among employees. By using employee monitoring data for its stated purpose employers improve their employee’s trust that the system is being used fairly and responsibly.
- A Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) must be undertaken and documented. These documents demonstrate that the employer has adequately assessed the potential privacy impacts of employee monitoring and has taken measures to minimize impacts on employee privacy.
Employee monitoring laws and regulations vary depending on jurisdictions, union contracts, and other requirements that are specific to each organization. The information provided here is for reference only and does not constitute legal advice; you must consult with a legal professional before monitoring employees in the workplace.
Computer Monitoring FAQ
How Can I Monitor My Employee’s Computer?
Employee computer monitoring software gives employers the ability to monitor what their employees are doing on work computers. Workplace computer monitoring provides detailed insights into employee internet browsing, application use, and other computer activities.
To get started with computer monitoring in the workplace you can download a free trial of CurrentWare’s employee monitoring software or schedule a live product demonstration.
How much does CurrentWare cost?
CurrentWare’s solutions can be purchased individually for the greatest flexibility or as a bundle for the best value.
When purchasing individually, BrowseReporter, BrowseControl, and AccessPatrol start as low as $2.99 USD per user per month (paid annually).
Volume license discounts are available starting for as low as 100 users, with discounts increasing depending on the number of licenses.
There are additional discounts available for educational organizations, non-profits, managed services providers, and for businesses that pre-purchase multiple year plans.
Looking for a quote? Contact our sales team here.
Are there any limits to the free trial?
The free trial is fully functional. You can deploy it on up to 10 computers for 14 days. If you need more time or more computers to properly evaluate CurrentWare in your organization, reach out to our sales team.
Does the CurrentWare Agent continue monitoring employees and enforcing policies without an internet connection?
Yes. The client agent installed on the employee’s computer has the ability to restrict and monitor the device even if it does not have a connection with the CurrentWare Server.
The client agent stores and enforces the policies locally on the device. CurrentWare’s last known policies will continue to be enforced even if the computer loses internet connection or connects to a different network.
Note: If you wish to update policies on client agents outside of the network they will need to be able to communicate with the CurrentWare Server. Once a connection is reestablished you will receive your employee’s computer usage data and any CurrentWare policy updates will take effect.
What Does Computer Monitoring Software Do?
Computer monitoring software is used to see what users are doing on their computers. This data provides valuable information for improving the productivity, performance, and security of monitored devices.
Computer monitoring software records a variety of computer activities, including:
- Websites visited
- Applications used
- Bandwidth usage
- File operations (files that are copied/created/deleted)
- Startup/shutdown events
- Logon/logoff events
What are the Benefits of Monitoring Employee Computer Activity?
Security & Compliance: Workplace computer monitoring is a critical security measure for protecting sensitive data. Computer monitoring software identifies which users are logging in to corporate systems and reports on what they are doing while using company computers.
This data helps inform security teams of anomalous behavior that could indicate the presence of insider threats or compromised accounts.
Employee Productivity: When using computer monitoring software to monitor employees, the software collects computer usage data that helps determine how much time employees spend on the internet and computer applications. This data is used by employers to understand employee activity levels, recognize highly engaged employees, and address excessive unproductive computer usage in the workplace.
Acceptable Use Policies: Monitoring employee computer activity provides Human Resources personnel with actionable data for enforcing workplace acceptable use policies. Should an employee visit websites that are unacceptable for use in the workplace, their web activity reports will alert designated personnel that corrective action will need to be taken.
Network Performance: Computer monitoring software helps to improve network performance by monitoring bandwidth utilization. Once bandwidth hogs are discovered on the network they can be managed by blocking them with a web filter or by training users to limit their use of bandwidth-intensive websites and applications.
Is there a managed cloud version of CurrentWare?
Coming soon. We’ve had many requests from our existing and prospective customers to develop a cloud-based version of CurrentWare. We have a projected release of CurrentWare Cloud in the year 2022.
Can CurrentWare monitor & manage remote workers without a cloud deployment?
Yes. CurrentWare provides a variety of deployment and management options that are compatible with remote workers. This allows you to monitor employees who work from home, at off-site locations, or while travelling.
Does CurrentWare have access to employee data?
No. CurrentWare’s software does not send your user’s computer usage data to CurrentWare. They are installed and managed by your organization.
All of the data collected by CurrentWare’s software is stored on a database that is installed in your organization’s data center or cloud service provider.
For more information please refer to our End User License Agreement (EULA).
Does CurrentWare support Citrix?
Yes. You can install the CurrentWare Clients on any Citrix Workspace or virtual machine running Windows.
CurrentWare has been tested to be compatible with the following virtual machines: VMware, Parallels, VirtualBox, Oracle VM, Virtual-PC, and Hyper-V.
For more information please refer to our system requirements.