Employee Computer Monitoring Software

CurrentWare’s employee computer monitoring software solutions provide the insights you need to ensure that the devices in your network are used safely and productively.

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How Will You Use Our Computer Monitoring Software?

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Workforce Productivity

Monitor and control employee internet use

  • Monitor employee internet use for visits to unproductive websites
  • Enforce internet use policies with alerts of employee computer activity
  • Automatically categorize browsing as productive, unproductive, or neutral
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Classroom Management

Restrict and monitor student computer use

  • Meet CIPA compliance requirements to qualify for E-Rate funding
  • Monitor online activity and application usage on school-provided computers
  • Protect school-issued devices when students take them home
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Data Security & Compliance

Protect against insider threats

  • Receive automatic alerts of high-risk USB activities and computer policy violations
  • Monitor user activity for high-risk software and internet usage
  • Audit employee computer activity for anomalous behaviors

What You Can Track With CurrentWare’s
Computer Usage Monitoring Software

The CurrentWare Suite has 15+ computer activity reports to choose from. You can monitor user activity across multiple devices, providing you with insights into how they spend their time.

Track Internet Use

  • Track the websites that your employees visit and the time they spend on each site, even when they delete their web browsing history
  • Collect evidence of unsafe and unproductive computer activity to ensure that employees are following computer usage policies
  • See how long each website was actively used for to better understand how much time is being spent on distracting websites

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

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Monitor Employee Productivity

  • Get reports of how much time was spent on websites that are productive, unproductive, or neutral
  • Compare productivity levels by location to find out if employees are changing their work habits when they work from home
  • Customize the productivity classifications to best match what is considered productive for your employees

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

Track Windows Application Usage

  • Record what computer programs are being used on each device to discover software piracy and shadow IT security risks
  • Collect software usage data to see which programs should be decommissioned and which ones require more licenses
  • Improve employee productivity by ensuring that they aren’t spending their time on unproductive applications

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

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Audit Login & Logout Times*

  • Verify that employees are starting and stopping their work days at expected times
  • Track logon duration to ensure that employees are not logging in after hours or working unauthorized overtime
  • Track the utilization rate of laptops and desktops with reports of what devices your employees are logging in to each day

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

 Log USB Device Usage

  • Monitor file operations history on USB devices, cell phones, and cameras for high-risk behavior and data mismanagement.
  • Collect evidence of data theft, attempts to use unauthorized USB devices, and general peripheral device usage.
  • Trace an end-user’s peripheral device usage across all of your organization’s endpoints

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

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Get Employee Computer Activity Alerts

  • Keep sensitive data safe with alerts of high-risk file transfers to portable storage devices or attempts to use unauthorized peripherals
  • Enforce internet use policies with alerts of employees that visit high-risk websites including porn, torrents, and unauthorized file sharing websites
  • Set a threshold to only trigger email alerts when a given website URL or category has been visited a specific number of times

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

Capture Computer Screen Activity

See exactly what your employees are doing on company computers.  BrowseReporter is an employee screen monitoring software that can capture screenshots when specific websites or applications are used.

  • Capture high-resolution and compressed screenshots of your employee’s screen
  • BrowseReporter can be configured to automatically delete older screenshots to reduce storage requirements
  • 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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The Benefits of Computer Monitoring Software for Employers

When used appropriately, technology such as computers, the internet, and software programs are valuable tools for improving productivity and operational efficiency.

CurrentWare’s suite of computer monitoring software solutions provides the internet, endpoint, and application monitoring tools you need to ensure that the computer activity of your employees is safe and productive.

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Improve Productivity

64% of employees admit to visiting non-work related websites every day.1

Monitoring employee internet activity ensures that excessive unproductive web browsing isn’t distracting employees from their core tasks.

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Prevent Data Theft

63% of employees brought data from their previous employer to their current employer.2

Getting alerts of data transfers to portable storage devices protects intellectual property  and other sensitive data against insider threats.

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Improve Visibility

86% of remote workers feel the need to prove that they are working hard.3

Reduced visibility is a struggle when managing remote teams. Tracking how remote employees spend their time makes it easy to notice their efforts.

2013 Wasting Time at Work Survey – Salary.com. https://www.salary.com/chronicles/2013-wasting-time-at-work-survey/
2019 Global Data Exposure Report – Code42 https://www.code42.com/news-releases/code42-global-data-exposure-report/.
CityAM – Remote working is causing employees to feel overworked https://www.cityam.com/remote-working-is-causing-employees-to-feel-overworked/. Accessed 4 Jun. 2021.

Case Study

Shady Maple Transforms Their Productivity With Employee Computer Monitoring Software

Shady Maple found CurrentWare during a significant period of growth in their business. As their number of employees grew, Shady Maple knew that they needed an employee internet management solution that was scalable.

Their old ways of managing employee internet abuse – manually checking each employee’s computer individually and hoping that they didn’t clear out their web history – would no longer be sustainable.

Since implementing CurrentWare, Shady Maple’s employee productivity has skyrocketed. Thanks to the central console Shady Maple could review the internet browsing data of their entire workforce from a single location. CurrentWare’s ease of use and automated reporting made it the best computer monitoring software for managers, HR, and IT personnel alike.

The robust CurrentWare client agent maintained the integrity of the web browsing and user activity data even when employees deleted their browser’s web history, providing Shady Maple with accurate and actionable information about employee browsing habits.

Commonly abused websites and applications were effortlessly blocked from being accessed. Employees that needed access to blocked content for legitimate work purposes could be readily exempted from CurrentWare’s content filtering policies. 

Thanks to CurrentWare, Shady Maple’s network performance has dramatically improved and their workforce has regained focus on their core tasks. The HR department suddenly gained the ability to present tangible evidence of disinclination to employees who had been underperforming.

“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.

Kevin Porsche

IT Admin, Shady Maple

BEFORE CURRENTWARE

Network Congestion

Employee internet abuse drains the available bandwidth, harming the productivity & efficiency of the entire organization.

Excessive Cyberloafing

Actively disengaged employees waste excessive amounts of time on unproductive websites, sneakily hiding their browsing habits.

Inefficient AUP Enforcement

Each employee’s computer is manually checked for evidence of misuse, wasting valuable time. Evidence of internet abuse is easily hidden.

AFTER CURRENTWARE

Fast & Stable Internet

Employee internet use is monitored for abuse. Bandwidth hogs are blocked and employees are coached on acceptable use policies.

Focused Employees

Each employee’s computer is manually checked for evidence of misuse, wasting valuable time. Evidence of internet abuse is easily hidden.

More Resources For Core Tasks

Effortless management from CurrentWare’s central console increases efficiency, allowing saved time to be invested where it matters most.

See What Else Our Customers Have to Say

Whether it be managing employee internet use to enforce company policies, blocking USB file transfers to protect sensitive data against theft, or remotely controlling PC power states to save money CurrentWare has ensured that our customers are secure and productive.

“We needed to control internet access to enforce our web usage policies across the organization. In CurrentWare, I found a solution that fulfilled the criteria of my entire project within a single suite of software.”

Larry Salvucci

IT Manager, Boston Centerless

We’ve tried using other software for our employee monitoring but it was a pain to work with. BrowseReporter was simple to use and gave us exactly what we needed. I can easily see exactly what sites people are visiting, when they visit them, and how long they stay there.

Aaron Siegel

Network Administrator, Sessions & Kimball LLP

“This software is very easy to set up and use on a daily basis. The value for the cost is excellent and the best we have ever used for controlling access to the internet.

Ken W.

IT Manager, Shoreline Sightseeing

The CurrentWare Suite

Purchase the full suite for the best value or pick the exact solution that fits your needs.

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Data Theft Prevention

  • Block USB devices, network storage,  & other peripherals
  • Be alerted of USB file transfers and unknown devices
  • Block file transfers based on name and filetype
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Web Filtering

  • Block websites based on URLs and content categories
  • Prevent users from running certain programs
  • Control internet access with allow and block lists
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Computer Monitoring

  • Track websites visited and time spent browsing the web
  • Monitor bandwidth usage to detect bandwidth hogs
  • Track the application usage of your employees
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PC Power Management

  • Remotely schedule and manage computer power states
  • Configure advanced power policies for all users
  • Track logon, startup, and shutdown activities

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Monitor Computer Activity From a Convenient Central Console

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Check out our great reviews on Capterra!

BrowseReporter lets you know what employees are up to. We are able to make sure employees are not spending extra work time on the internet, and if there is an issue we have the documentation to prove it.”

– Ken W.
IT Manager

BrowseReporter is the most important tool in my company for increasing employee productivity. It provides comprehensive reports that help me keep track of my employees’ web browsing activities. It’s easy to use and setup.”

– Stanley K.
IT Director

Flexible Deployment Options

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On Premises

Easy to install. Everything stored on your own network.

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Remote Workers

Connect remote users with minimal configuration.

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Private Cloud

All the benefits of the cloud on a server of your choice.

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BrowseReporter Employee and Computer Monitoring Features

URL Filter

Internet Monitoring

Track detailed user web browsing activities on their computers

Reports

Web Activity Reports

20+ different detailed graphical and tabular reports

Application Blocker

Track Application usage

Track employee computer usage on Windows applications

Internet Scheduler

Idle Time Tracking

Track mouse and keyboard movement to monitor inactivity

Bandwidth Tracker

Bandwidth Tracking

Find users that are hogging the network's bandwidth

Tracking Schedule

Tracking Scheduler

Only track URLs during specific time and days

Remote Screen Capture

Screenshot Monitoring

Take automatic screenshots or remotely view desktops

Email Report

Email Reports

Automatically email reports of employee web usage to managers

Category Filtering

URL Category Tracking

Understand where your users are surfing by tagging a URL category to every web page

Email Alert

Email Alerts

Send email alerts to authorities when user browsing has exceeded company web policies

Preview

End-User Reports

Provide your employees with on-demand access to their own user activity data

Stealth

Stealth Mode

The software can run silently in the background or be configured to alert users

Centralized Console

Central Web Console

Access the administrative console from a web browser on any computer in your network

Remote Client Install

Remote Client Install

Easily deploy the CurrentWare Client remotely to all of your computers

Offsite Management

Offsite Management

Extend onsite Internet usage policies to laptops running outside the corporate network

Centralized Console

SQL Server Supported

Our database is scaled for enterprise and large business operations

Workplace Privacy & Employee Monitoring

Employee computer monitoring software is an excellent tool for understanding how your workforce operates, however, there are potential privacy concerns that your employees may have when you monitor their computer activity. 

By following these best practices you can monitor employee computer use while respecting workplace privacy laws.

If you would like to learn more about the best practices for monitoring employees in the workplace, download our free white paper.

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Get informed consent before monitoring computer activity

Though not all jurisdictions require employee consent, transparency is a recommended best practice for monitoring employee computer activity.

Employees should know what data is collected, who will have access to it, how it will be used, and how it will be protected.

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Avoid using invasive computer monitoring software solutions

When monitoring employee computer activity it is a best practice to avoid tracking far more than necessary to meet your company’s goals.

For example,  to enforce internet use policies you can monitor web browsing. Capturing keystrokes is far too invasive.

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Do not monitor computer activity on personal devices

Employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy on their personal devices, even if they use them for work purposes as part of a BYOD program.

Limit monitoring to work-provided devices and internal network traffic rather than directly monitoring personal devices.

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Keep employee computer activity data safe from misuse

Employee computer activity data may be sensitive. Data such as internet search history and websites visited could reveal personal identifiable information.

When monitoring computer usage you must ensure that security measures are in place to prevent the data from being misused.

Is It Legal To Monitor Employee Computer Activity?

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 they monitor computer activity. 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).

Using employee and computer monitoring software on 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

Using employee and computer monitoring software involves the processing of employee personal data.

Because of this, organizations that operate in Europe or that have employees based in Europe must ensure that their use of computer monitoring software 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 the data collected by employee and computer monitoring software for the stated purpose. Lack of predictability leads to increased perceptions of invasiveness among employees. By using employee computer activity data for its stated purpose employers will 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 collecting data with employee and computer monitoring software and that they have 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.

Employee Computer Monitoring Software FAQ

How Can I Monitor Employee Computer Activity?

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.

These activity tracking features make monitoring software valuable tools for collecting the real-time data needed to track employee productivity metrics.

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 employee and computer monitoring software 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 license 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 of CurrentWare’s employee and computer monitoring software is fully functional, allowing you to accurately see what it’s like to monitor employees with our employee computer activity tracking software.

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 computer monitoring software agent that is 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.

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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.

By tracking the online behavior of employees you can ensure that their internet access is being used appropriately.

Computer monitoring software records a variety of computer activities, including:

  • Internet history (Websites visited, idle/active time, etc)
  • Applications used
  • Bandwidth usage
  • File operations (files that are copied/created/deleted)
  • Startup/shutdown events
  • Logon/logoff events

These tools can also send email notifications to 
alert a manager when undesirable or suspicious activities happen on monitored computers. 

These activity reports serve as valuable evidence of unproductive or high-risk computer activity.

 

What Support Options Does CurrentWare Offer?

CurrentWare provides direct customer support by phone, live chat, and email. We also maintain a self-serve knowledge base with frequently asked questions, instructions, and tutorial videos.

This level of support is available for during your free trial evaluation and while your CurrentWare subscription is active.

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’s employee and computer monitoring software.

We have a projected release of CurrentWare Cloud in the year 2022.

In the meantime you can use our private cloud option to host CurrentWare’s computer activity monitoring tools on your own self-managed cloud server.

Can CurrentWare Monitor & Manage Remote Workers Without a Cloud Deployment?

Yes. CurrentWare’s remote employee and computer monitoring software can be used to monitor off-site computers.

CurrentWare provides a variety of deployment and management options that make it the best employee monitoring tool to monitor employees who work from home, at off-site locations, or while travelling.

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Does CurrentWare Have Access to My Employee's Computer Activity Data?

No. CurrentWare’s employee and computer monitoring software does not send your employee’s computer activity data to CurrentWare. 

When you monitor employees with CurrentWare, all of the monitoring data collected by CurrentWare’s PC monitoring 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.

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