The software that I will review here is a monitoring software. I tested it on my PC which is a standalone PC and has Internet connection. I leave it runs in one day and records any activities performed on the PC. And here is the review.
StaffCop is a network, computer and employee monitoring software. This software is able to record every single things that happens to your PC or your employees’ PC. Any applications they have opened, websites they have viewed, keystrokes they have typed, everything, will be logged into its own record system.
The main purpose of StaffCop is actually to monitor your employees’ activities during their work hours with the PC. So you will know, whether the person who uses the computer doing their work or just playing games or watching movies.
The installation is simple with its straight-away interface. During the installation process, you will be prompted to choose whether you want to install it for a LAN environment or just simply in a standalone PC. For this review, I just choosed to install in standalone PC.
After the installation is finished, you have to reboot the PC. But before I can reboot my PC, Kaspersky detects StaffCop as dangerous software. Based from the notification above, it says that this software does not have digital signature and we do not know what will happen to our PC if we continue using it. Because I trust this software, so I choose Yes and ignore the notification.
After reboot, you have to register the software. To do this, you need a valid registration key. Because I already have the registration key, so I register the software right away. And then, I found a spelling mistake in the message box. I also found more spelling mistakes in the Help file. I guess, the developer have to correct the spelling error before more people complaints about this.
File and Folder Tracking
Recording Instant Messaging chats
Monitoring USB Devices
Recording User Login and Logout
StaffCop is really dangerous. I tested it on my PC and it records every keystroke that I typed using my keyboard. For an example, there is a record which it saved my username and password that I typed to login to my Gmail account. Not just the username and password, it also shows you the link to the login page.
Another thing is, the instant messaging recording feature, it shows you exactly the conversation that have been made when you chat with your friend. In the log, I see my brother was chatting with his friend. Even the username of the person he chats too also been recorded. This is really a killer software.
But there is one problem with StaffCop. The images that were captured using the Screenshot Capture are not sharp. There are many noises and the images are blurred. The developer has to fix it or enhance this feature in their next release because I think this feature is really useful.
As conclusion, if I am the employee, of course I don’t want this software on my PC. But if I am the employeer and looking for software that can monitor my employees behaviour, StaffCop is the software for me. It is so powerful and I am sure my employees will comitted to their works.
The software price is $35USD for a single PC but there are many other license packages that you can purchase depending on how many computers that you want to install. So, whose PC you want to target?