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How to Monitor Employee Internet Usage

BrowseReporter is a powerful employee internet usage monitoring software to monitor internet activity in the workplace.

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Employee Internet Usage Monitoring with BrowseReporter

NOTE: This video features a legacy UI for BrowseReporter. To see the most up-to-date interface, check out the BrowseReporter product page.

How do employers monitor internet usage at work?

Companies ranging from small businesses to large enterprises use BrowseReporter to identify users who are browsing social media, causing network congestion by abusing company bandwidth, visiting inappropriate websites, or using unauthorized software on company computers.

With BrowseReporter’s internet activity reports, Management and Human Resources can use employee internet usage data to make informed decisions when managing employee productivity and enforcing employee internet usage policies.

Make data-informed management decisions with user activity tracking

BrowseReporter’s detailed employee internet usage reports provide managers with the activity data they need to understand how in-house and remote teams are spending their time at work.

  • Identify actively disengaged employees that are wasting work time on social media, computer games, and other distractions
  • Discover peaks and valleys in productivity and performance for your entire workforce, specific departments, and individual employees
  • Find out when remote workers and other employees with flexible schedules are typically working the most
Employee Application Report

Enforcing acceptable Internet use policies has never been easier

Our employee monitoring software gives you detailed evidence of web activity in your company, making it the perfect complement to existing internet use policies.

  • Empower anti-harassment initiatives with evidence of employees that are visiting inappropriate websites at work
  • Receive alerts when employees visit high-risk websites including porn, torrents, and unauthorized file sharing websites
  • Combine BrowseReporter with BrowseControl Web Filter to block websites
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Employee Computer Activity Dashboards & Reports

BrowseReporter’s user activity dashboards and computer usage reports give you the insights you need to
identify productivity leaks, detect excessive bandwidth usage, and improve business intelligence.

User Activity Dashboards

  • Review aggregated results of your entire workforce or drill down to individual users
  • Select the date range and activities you want to populate the dashboard with
  • Use the activity log to review raw data; add/remove columns, sort data, and export to .XLSX or .PDF

Productive vs Unproductive Web Browsing

  • View time spent on productive vs unproductive web browsing
  • Customize to what is considered productive in your organization
  • Compare trends in aggregated & individual productivity over time

Idle Time Tracking

  • Track how long users are away from their computers
  • Customize idle time based on the last keyboard/mouse inputs
  • Discover which departments or employees are the most active

See What Websites are Browsed the Most

  • Find out what the top browsed productive, unproductive, and neutral websites are
  • See which groups are the most active internet users
  • Review what categories of websites are being visited

Monitor Bandwidth Consumption

  • Detect bandwidth hogging websites on your network
  • Review bandwidth usage trends to inform network capacity planning
  • See which individual users or groups have the greatest bandwidth usage

Track Application Usage

  • Detect the use of unauthorized software applications
  • Find out what the most popular apps are and how long they’re used for each day
  • Determine software adoption rates through user activity data

Download: Best practices for monitoring employees

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.

BrowseReporter Employee and Computer Monitoring Features

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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 App Usage

Track employee computer usage on Windows applications

Internet Off

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

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End-User Reports

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

Stealth

Stealth & Transparent Modes

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

Email Report

SQL Server Supported

Our database is scaled for enterprise and large business operations

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BrowseReporter Employee Monitoring Software FAQ

Are There Any Limits to the Free Trial?

The free trial is fully functional. You can deploy it on up to 10 devices for 14 days.

If you need more time or more devices to properly evaluate our web content filtering software solution in your organization, reach out to our team.

Here at CurrentWare we pride ourselves on our customer support. During and after your evaluation our team is here to help you over a phone call, live chat, or email. We will make sure that you get the best experience possible.

How much does BrowseReporter cost?

When purchased as a standalone solution, BrowseReporter costs $3.99 USD per license per month, paid annually. 

The final costs depend on the number of licenses, how many years are purchased in advance, and other factors. For the most accurate costs, reach out to our sales team for a quote.

Will BrowseReporter Continue Monitoring Employees When They Leave the Network?

Yes. The employee computer monitoring software client agent that is installed on the employee’s computer has the ability to monitor computer activity and track productivity even if it does not have a connection with the CurrentWare Server.

When your employees disconnect from your network the client agent will store their activity and productivity data locally on the device. Once they reconnect to the network their data will be synced to the CurrentWare server.

Note: If you wish to get activity data from computers 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.

Learn More: How to Set Up CurrentWare’s Employee Monitoring Software for Off-Site Teams

Will My Employees Know They Are Being Monitored?

Depending on the needs of your environment and the laws of your jurisdiction you can use our software to monitor employee computer activity with or without its transparency-enhancing features enabled.

Stealth Employee Monitoring
BrowseReporter operates in stealth mode by default.

In stealth mode, the CurrentWare Client is not visible in the system tray or control panel of the employee’s computer.

Transparent Employee Monitoring
BrowseReporter’s optional transparency-boosting features make it the best computer monitoring software for being transparent about tracking employee computer activity.

These features helps your teams remain aware that their computer activity is being monitored in the workplace.

  • Monitoring Notifications: Display a custom message that periodically reminds your employees that their internet and application activity is being monitored by BrowseReporter
  • Show In System Tray: Enable this feature to make the CurrentWare Client visible in the system tray of your employee’s computers.
  • End-User Reports: Enable this feature to give your employees access to their own computer activity data. This lets them see exactly what internet and application usage data is being shared.

Learn More: Best Practices for Monitoring Employees

Is It Legal to Use Employee Monitoring Software?

When determining how employee monitoring software will be used with the teams in your organization it is important to understand the potential privacy implications for your employees and what factors influence your right to monitor employee computer activity. 

Depending on your jurisdiction and the jurisdiction of your employees you may have legal obligations to fulfill before monitoring employees in the workplace. The best practice is to consult with a legal professional first.

Most workplace privacy and employee monitoring laws require you to be transparent about data collection. This includes informing employees about what is being monitored, how their data will be protected, and how it will be used.

Typically this disclosure if provided in an employee manual, workplace monitoring policy, or acceptable use policy.

Get a FREE Template: Workplace Monitoring Policy (Employee Monitoring Policy)

The best computer monitoring software helps you meet your privacy requirements with privacy-enhancing features such as alerting your users that their computer activity is being monitored.

Does CurrentWare have access to my employee's activity reports?

No. CurrentWare’s employee tracking software does not send your employee’s computer usage data to CurrentWare.

All of the data collected by CurrentWare’s employee monitoring tools 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 Terms of Service.

Can I Use BrowseReporter for My Remote Team?

Yes. BrowseReporter is a remote employee monitoring software that supports a variety of deployment options that allow companies to track remote teams.

Using BrowseReporter you can monitor employee computer activity no matter where each team member works. To learn more about monitoring remote workers with BrowseReporter, visit this article: How to Set Up Remote Employee Monitoring Software

Can BrowseReporter Monitor User Activity on Citrix, Remote Desktop, and/or Terminal Server?

Yes. The CurrentWare Suite is supported on desktop computers, virtual machines (VMs), and servers running modern versions of the Windows operating system. 

You can install the CurrentWare Clients on your Citrix Workspace running Windows. In addition, all CurrentWare components are compatible with Remote Desktop Services (RDS) or Terminal Servers (TS)

When monitoring employees in Citrix with CurrentWare you can track computer activities with PC Mode to track the individual virtual machine or with User Mode to track the activities of specific employees across multiple devices and/or virtual machines.

Monitoring and managing your end-users with CurrentWare in a Terminal Services environment works similarly. The exception is that in a Terminal Server/Terminal Services environment the server will be registered as an individual endpoint; when you run a report from PC mode it will give you a report on all the users’ profiles in a single report.

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How Can I Start Monitoring My Employees’ Computers?

Monitoring employee computer activity is as simple as deploying employee computer use monitoring software on their computers.

You can start monitoring your employees’ productivity and computer usage today with a FREE trial of BrowseReporter; simply follow these steps.

  1. Download & install BrowseReporter
    Download the files for your free employee monitoring software trial. On the administrator’s computer, run CurrentWare.exe to begin your installation.
  2. Deploy the software clients
    Deploy the CurrentWare Client (cwClientSetup.exe) on all the computers you want to monitor. You can deploy the client with a local install or by using Active Directory, SCCM, or our built-in remote deployment tool.
  3. Monitor employee productivity
    After installing the employee monitoring tools, you will see all of your employee’s computers on the CurrentWare Console. From this console you can generate detailed reports on all of your employees’ computer activities including internet and application usage.

Who Uses This Employee Monitoring Software?

CurrentWare has a global client base with companies across a variety of industries including government, healthcare, finance, nonprofit, and manufacturing.

CurrentWare helps its customers protect their business against time theft, lost productivity, data leakage, and web-based threats by monitoring and controlling computer usage.

Read our employee monitoring software customer case studies to learn more.

How Do Employers Monitor Internet Usage at Work?

Employers use employee internet usage monitoring software such as BrowseReporter to monitor internet usage at work. With these monitoring tools, employers can see the exact websites that employees visit and how much time was spent browsing the internet.

Will BrowseReporter Track Web Browsing When Users Uses Private Browsing Modes or Delete Their Browsing History?

Yes. BrowseReporter’s software client collects user activity data indepedent of the browser’s browsing history.

Internet browsing data will remain intact for use in reports and dashboards even if the user deletes their web browsing history in their browser or uses a private browsing function such as Incognito Mode On Google Chrome, Private Browsing On Mozilla Firefox, and InPrivate Browsing Window On Microsoft Edge.

Is This a Cloud Product?

The CurrentWare Suite can be deployed on-premises or on a cloud platform of your choice. Both deployment option are compatible with remote workers with a few configuration changes.

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