SpyAgent offers all of the core features that you’d expect to find in a good parental control software as well as numerous other features for monitoring different types of activity on your PC. In fact, SpyAgent’s web site lists over 46 different features broken out into five different categories; Activity Monitoring and Surveillance Features, Content Filtering Features, Reporting and Log Management Features, Security and Stealth Features, and Ease of Use Features. SpyAgent definitely won't leave you wishing that it did more.
SpyAgent can monitor an extensive number of PC functions including:
- Monitoring email
- Monitoring instant messages
- Tracking all web sites that have been visited
- Logging and tracking all keystrokes that are typed
- Taking screenshots of your desktop at specified times
- Logging Internet connections
- Watching to see which applications are being used
- Monitoring the clipboard
- Watching which files are being accessed
- Logging all PC activity such as user logins
In addition, there are a number of options that allow you to filter out unsuitable web site content, control which programs can be run, and which chat features can or cannot be used. There is also a great feature that allows you to configure SpyAgent to send you email notifications of different types of PC activity. That way you don’t have to be logged into your child’s computer to see what they’ve been doing. You can monitor them from anywhere that you can access your email.
If you want to make sure that your monitoring activities go un-noticed by other people using your PC, SpyAgent can be configured to run in complete Stealth-mode. It won’t even show up in the Task Manager as a running program.
Compared to many competitive products, SpyAgent is at the higher end as far as the included list of features and adjustable options are concerned.
When you install SpyAgent on your PC you may run into an unfortunate side effect. Although the program is designed to monitor PC activity, which is what you wanted, it also has many of the same characteristics of harmful programs, such as viruses, key loggers, and other undesirable code. Most PC protection software look for these characteristics. If you’re running Norton AntiVrus, MacAfee or one of the other Norton or popular PC protection tools, you may get regular pop up warnings letting you know that the application is there, even in Stealth-mode. SpyAgent’s web site says that this can be prevented by selecting “Disable Spyware Detectors" in the program’s security settings. The drawback to doing this is that you’ll be disabling a critical form of PC security to allow SpyAgent to work. And there’s no guarantee that it still won’t be detected.
Finally, and this isn’t really a big negative, with such a large number of features configuring all of the different options can be a little complex for the average user. Using this product will take a while to go through all of the features and set them up effectively.