I have read several books on this subject that suggest that going over your partners history, recycle bins, deleted emails, etc. will tell you what your partner is doing on the computer and who they may be communicating with. In my opinion, this simply does not work. Most people today are computer savvy enough to know how to get rid of the evidence on their computer. It is very easy to do and only takes seconds. Unless your partner just gets sloppy this usually won’t help.
There are many different brands of computer monitoring software on the market. Trust me, they are not all created equal.
If you are looking for something that is easy to use I would suggest PCTattletale.
PC Tattletale makes it easy to see every click from their computer, social media, email, the web, and more.. Watch everything they do on the computer.
Not good with computers? Yes. Even you can put PC Tattletale on the computer. Installs just like any other program. No complicated settings. It just works.
PC Tattletale can not be found on the computer. Your kids will have no idea you are watching every click. Feel at ease knowing PC Tattletale will not be found.
Please note that PCTattletale only works on Windows computers.
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****Update: This company is no longer in business**** Spector Pro records every detail of what they do on the computer including their chats, instant messages, emails, the web sites they visit, what they search for, what they do on MySpace, the pictures they post and look at, the keystrokes they type, the programs they run and much more. And because of its advanced surveillance screen snapshot features, you get to see not only WHAT they do, but the EXACT order in which they do it, step by step. With Spector Pro, you will never doubt who is doing what on the computer.
With SpectorPro you must access the computer to install the program and to retrieve the info off of it.
****Update: This company is no longer in business*** Internet spy software is the ONLY software in the world that will capture their incoming and outgoing email, chats and instant messages – then IMMEDIATELY forward you an EXACT COPY.
In addition, eBlaster spy software records ALL emails, chats, instant messages, web sites visited, keystrokes typed, programs launched and peer-to-peer (P2P) files downloaded – then sends it to you via email in the form of a detailed Activity Report.
Receive your Activity Reports as frequently as once every hour or once a day.
Essentially eblaster will give you much the same information as Spector Pro without the screen shots and email the info to whatever email you tell it to.
All of this software can be completely hidden on the computer so that the user does not know that they are being monitored.