Workpuls Teramind ActivTrak Hubstaff DeskTime Time Doctor RescueTime Kickidler Veriato Work Examiner
OVERVIEW
Price $6/user/month $6/user/month $7.20/user/month $7/user/month $7/user/month $9.99/user/month $6/user/month $9.99/user/month $150/licence/year $60/licence (lifetime)
Free trial 7 days 7 days No 14 days 14 days 14 days 30 days 7 days Yes 30 days
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TRACKING METHODS
Unlimited (tracker working 24/7)
Fixed (defined working hours)
Automatic (when computer is connected to a specified network)
Manual (start/stop)
Project based (track time only on projects)
GENERAL MONITORING FEATURES
Stealth mode
App and website usage
Real-time monitoring
Offline time tracking
Attendance
Activity levels
Keylogger
Geolocation
Remote desktop control
Website/activity blocking
SCREENSHOTS AND RECORDING
Screenshots
Screenshots on demand
Screen recording
PRODUCTIVITY FEATURES
Productivity trends
Websites and apps labeling
Category labeling
Productivity alerts
ADVANCED SECURITY FEATURES
User behavior analytics
Data loss prevention
Advanced file and web monitoring
REPORTING
Productivity reports
Team reports
Timelines
Email reports
Access management
PLATFORMS
Web
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app
Mobile app iOS, Android iOS, Android iOS, Android iOS, Android iOS, Android Android
Browser extension Chrome Chrome Chrome
Other Citrix, VMware Chrome OS
OTHER
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Knowledge base
Video tutorials
Integrations comming soon
API
Deployment cloud, on-premise cloud, on-premise, AWS, Azure cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud on-premise cloud, on-premise on-premise
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OVERVIEW
Price(per month)Available upon requestFrom $2 per userAvailable upon requestFrom $6.40 per user+$16Free for up to 75 usersFrom $2.50 per userBasic plan:$30 for 5 users+$5 per additional userFrom $1.50 per employeeFrom $4 per user+$8From $2.20 per user$5.99 per user per month
Free trial30 days14 daysYes14 days14 days14 days30 days30 days,no credit card required
Ease of useDifficultEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasyEasy
FEATURES
Timecard management
Scheduling
Shift Trading
Timesheets
Break time management
Real-time tracking
PTO Management
Payroll
Invoicing
Client billing
GPS tracking
Clock out reminders
Alerts
Manual time
PUNCH-IN METHODS
Web app
Mobile app
Time clock device
Time clock kiosk
Facial recognition
Fingerprint scanning
Geofencing
Group punch-in
REPORTING
Visual reports
Email reports
Time rounding
MANAGEMENT
Permissions
Manager approvals
Add time for others
Integrations
PLATFORMS
Web
Android app
iOS app
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app
OTHER
SupportPhone and onlinePhone and onlinePhone,chat and onlinePhone and chatEmail and onlineChat and phonePhone,email,chat and onlinePhone and onlinePhone,email,chat and onlinePhone and onlineOnline chat and video support in English,French,and Spanish
Knowledge base
Video tutorials
Community forum
API
Workpuls Hubstaff Toggl TimeDoctor Harvest TimeCamp Timely Everhour Tick TMetric
OVERVIEW
Price (per month) $6 per user $5.83 per user $9 per user $9.99 per user $10.80 per user $5.25 per user $99 for 5 users $7 per user $19 for 10 projects $5 per user
Free trial 7 days 14 days 30 days 14 days 30 days Yes 14 days 14 days 30 days 30 days
Ease of use Very easy Difficult Difficult Very easy Easy Very easy Easy Difficult Very easy Difficult
TIME TRACKING METHODS
Manual
Start/stop buttons
Automatic time mapping
IN-DEPTH TASK AND PROJECT ANALYSIS
Screenshots
App and website usage
Activity levels coming soon
Real-time tracking
TASK AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Project adding
Project templates
Project status
Task assignment
Task priorities
Budgeting coming soon
Mark billable/non-billable hours
Payroll calculation
Invoicing
ALERTS
Idle time reminders
Deadline alerts coming soon
Budget alerts coming soon
REPORTING
Client login
Productivity analysis
Email reports coming soon
PLATFORMS
Web
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app coming soon
iOS app Beta
Android app
Browser extension Chrome Chrome, Firefox Chrome Chrome Chrome, Firefox Chrome Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge
OTHER
Support Phone and online Email and online Email and online Online Online, email and phone Email, online and support ticket Email and chat Email and chat Email Chat
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Video tutorials
Integrations coming soon
API
On-premise hosting

If you could take minute-by-minute screenshots of your employees’ computer screens, what do you think you would find? Would you get to enjoy a full movie, or would you just have to squint over a load of spreadsheets and professional correspondence?

Although the material might be gripping, many company leaders fear the first scenario. Their worries are mainly focused on their remote teams.

So, if you are puzzling over how to monitor PC activity from afar, read on to find answers.

Manual PC Activity Monitoring—Utilizing Windows Event Viewer

One of the methods to check PC activity is through the Windows Event Viewer. This utility is included with the Windows operating system and allows system administrators to view logs of all events on local and remote machines. To use Event Viewer:

  1. Press the Windows key and type "Event" 
  2. Press Enter to open Event Viewer
  3. Navigate to "Windows Logs"
  4. Select "System"
  5. Click "Filter Current Log" 
  6. Open the "Event sources" drop-down
  7. Select "Power-Troubleshooter"
  8. Apply the filter to see all instances when the PC was turned on, indicating potential unauthorized use if the times do not match the reported usage

This method is efficient if an employee has left their computer unattended and suspects someone has accessed it without permission.

However, in case a company needs to monitor the daily activities of its remote workers, monitoring via Event Viewer is inefficient for several reasons:

     ❌Disrupts work

     ❌Doesn’t provide data about the actual activities performed on the computer

     ❌Not applicable to devices using Mac OS

Automated PC Monitoring—Using Software Solutions

A more detailed analysis of activities on multiple computers requires the use of monitoring software. Many versions of this type of software allow comprehensive tracking of:

  • Web Browsing: Monitor the time spent on each website, track URLs, and page titles.

  • Application Usage: Identify unauthorized software usage and game playing.

  • Idle Time Tracking: Assess how actively employees are engaging with their PCs.

  • Bandwidth Monitoring: Check who is consuming excessive network resources through streaming services like Netflix or Twitch.

These tools not only track general activity but also help in identifying potential misuse or inefficiencies.

Comprehensive PC Monitoring with Insightful Software

Insightful provides a robust suite of tools to effectively monitor remote employees’ computers. Here’s a look at how each feature ensures productivity and compliance:

    ✅Automated Attendance & Time Monitoring: Automatically logs work hours while offering manual entry for flexibility. Provides transparency and ensures accurate      billing and productivity reports.

     ✅Tracking of Productive & Idle Time: Differentiates between active and inactive periods and in this way helps identify productivity patterns and address      inefficiencies.

     ✅Break & Overtime Monitoring: Keeps tabs on employee breaks and overtime which aids in labor law compliance and fair compensation.

     ✅App & Website Usage Tracking: Tracks the usage of apps and websites during work hours. This helps identify habits and potential distractions, and assess      productivity. At the same time, it allows employers to analyze the effect of each app/website on productivity for future reference.

     ✅Automated Reports on Work Activity: Offers a detailed record of how time is spent on different tasks. It also allows live updates on employees’ activities. These      functionalities provide invaluable insights that are instrumental in implementing productivity improvements.

     ✅Real-Time Screen Monitoring: Provides instant visual monitoring of remote employee screens via on-demand screenshots, facilitating immediate oversight and      maintaining productivity across locations. Managers can also set intervals for capturing automatic screenshots to ensure surveillance throughout the workday.

These Insightful features allow full and seamless employee PC tracking and ensure employees remain productive and accountable, regardless of their location. At the same time, detailed customization options provide adaptability of monitoring efforts to all the legal requirements.

Conclusion

When working remotely, people can easily fall into the trap of slacking. It starts gradually and can happen even to the best of your teammates.

The easiest way to prevent this is to rely on monitoring software that can collect PC activity data without disrupting your employees’ workday.

Another important step is communicating your monitoring strategy to your workers. Knowing they are being monitored, the majority of them will show better discipline.

In short, implementing monitoring software such as Insightful makes sure everyone is contributing to the company’s growth while enjoying the comfort of a home office.

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Employee Monitoring

How to Monitor PC Activity Adequately: Essential Techniques for Tracking Employee Computers

Written by
Vanja Savic Petrovic
Published on
April 16, 2024

If you could take minute-by-minute screenshots of your employees’ computer screens, what do you think you would find? Would you get to enjoy a full movie, or would you just have to squint over a load of spreadsheets and professional correspondence?

Although the material might be gripping, many company leaders fear the first scenario. Their worries are mainly focused on their remote teams.

So, if you are puzzling over how to monitor PC activity from afar, read on to find answers.

Manual PC Activity Monitoring—Utilizing Windows Event Viewer

One of the methods to check PC activity is through the Windows Event Viewer. This utility is included with the Windows operating system and allows system administrators to view logs of all events on local and remote machines. To use Event Viewer:

  1. Press the Windows key and type "Event" 
  2. Press Enter to open Event Viewer
  3. Navigate to "Windows Logs"
  4. Select "System"
  5. Click "Filter Current Log" 
  6. Open the "Event sources" drop-down
  7. Select "Power-Troubleshooter"
  8. Apply the filter to see all instances when the PC was turned on, indicating potential unauthorized use if the times do not match the reported usage

This method is efficient if an employee has left their computer unattended and suspects someone has accessed it without permission.

However, in case a company needs to monitor the daily activities of its remote workers, monitoring via Event Viewer is inefficient for several reasons:

     ❌Disrupts work

     ❌Doesn’t provide data about the actual activities performed on the computer

     ❌Not applicable to devices using Mac OS

Automated PC Monitoring—Using Software Solutions

A more detailed analysis of activities on multiple computers requires the use of monitoring software. Many versions of this type of software allow comprehensive tracking of:

  • Web Browsing: Monitor the time spent on each website, track URLs, and page titles.

  • Application Usage: Identify unauthorized software usage and game playing.

  • Idle Time Tracking: Assess how actively employees are engaging with their PCs.

  • Bandwidth Monitoring: Check who is consuming excessive network resources through streaming services like Netflix or Twitch.

These tools not only track general activity but also help in identifying potential misuse or inefficiencies.

Comprehensive PC Monitoring with Insightful Software

Insightful provides a robust suite of tools to effectively monitor remote employees’ computers. Here’s a look at how each feature ensures productivity and compliance:

    ✅Automated Attendance & Time Monitoring: Automatically logs work hours while offering manual entry for flexibility. Provides transparency and ensures accurate      billing and productivity reports.

     ✅Tracking of Productive & Idle Time: Differentiates between active and inactive periods and in this way helps identify productivity patterns and address      inefficiencies.

     ✅Break & Overtime Monitoring: Keeps tabs on employee breaks and overtime which aids in labor law compliance and fair compensation.

     ✅App & Website Usage Tracking: Tracks the usage of apps and websites during work hours. This helps identify habits and potential distractions, and assess      productivity. At the same time, it allows employers to analyze the effect of each app/website on productivity for future reference.

     ✅Automated Reports on Work Activity: Offers a detailed record of how time is spent on different tasks. It also allows live updates on employees’ activities. These      functionalities provide invaluable insights that are instrumental in implementing productivity improvements.

     ✅Real-Time Screen Monitoring: Provides instant visual monitoring of remote employee screens via on-demand screenshots, facilitating immediate oversight and      maintaining productivity across locations. Managers can also set intervals for capturing automatic screenshots to ensure surveillance throughout the workday.

These Insightful features allow full and seamless employee PC tracking and ensure employees remain productive and accountable, regardless of their location. At the same time, detailed customization options provide adaptability of monitoring efforts to all the legal requirements.

Conclusion

When working remotely, people can easily fall into the trap of slacking. It starts gradually and can happen even to the best of your teammates.

The easiest way to prevent this is to rely on monitoring software that can collect PC activity data without disrupting your employees’ workday.

Another important step is communicating your monitoring strategy to your workers. Knowing they are being monitored, the majority of them will show better discipline.

In short, implementing monitoring software such as Insightful makes sure everyone is contributing to the company’s growth while enjoying the comfort of a home office.

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