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Remote undetected viewing if desktop/screen activity

Hi,

I know this might be a hot and immoral topic but my boss has asked me and I need to give him an answer.  I've setup a home network for my boss and his kids that of 3 PCs, laptop, 2 x network printers & NAS backup. (All XPSP2)

My boss has asked me if there is a way he can log in to the PCs of his kids to see what they have open on-screen but without them knowing it.  I know there are apps like PCAnywhere, Dameware etc for remote control but I am unsure of the intricacies involved in remote, unnoticed viewing of screen activity.

I could be moral and tell him it can't be done but if he finds from someone else that it can be done then I'll be in a bit of hot water.

Hope you can help.  Thanks in advance.

Gav

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chuckyhCommented:
I suppose you can run VNC and choose view only. Although a savvy user would spot it.
www.uvnc.com
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dragonjimCommented:
Being his kids (and presumably minors) -- I'm not sure its 'immoral' (using it say to check up on the wife -- I'd agree... unethical). But kids, he's watching out for their safety...

I see little wrong morally or ethically with this for protecting one's children.

It might be simpler to use keyloggers, or software which captures screen shots every so often. He could then review as his time permits vs. real time.

Do you feel he'd entertain this? Or is he set on actively connecting?
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dragonjimCommented:
I agree with Chuckyh ... savvy users would spot solutions I can think of.

I would look at logging software.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
The is a utility designed specifically for this called Desktop Scout. It can allow you to watch, interact for training, take screen captures at a preset frequency, log websites visited and for how long, local file access, and even key logging. Woks very well, easy to use, and creates nice HTML reports. The software has options to make it completely stealth so it doesn't even show up in the task manager, or a process list.

However as discussed; in a business, users as per the law must be advised you may be monitoring, and they should sign a waiver stating they are aware of this. Children deserve no less.
http://www.globalpatrol.net/desktopscout/

Ps, it is not free.
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MarkCommented:
If he is the administrator of his network, he should be able to view logs and such of any activity on the network because he is ultimately responsible for what happens there. I would politely remind him that he should warn his kids that he has the ability to check browsing records and computer activity, but not the methods of how its done. That can have a great effect on what they do.

http://www.howtospy.com/spyanywhere.shtml
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Just for interest; I had a brief meeting with a very liberal and well informed principal a few years ago, regarding children's access to computers and controlling what they do in the home. Her #1 rule was the computer/s should be in a very open space in the house, where everyone frequents. Better that mom and dad are present to assist and guide, than take the position of "big brother is watching", which undermines trust. Placing computers in private spaces such as bedrooms can be risky.

After that meeting, Internet access was removed from bedroom computers, yet they were still networked and connected to shares and printers. Any "research" for school projects could be done on the family computer and saved to a share, such that composition and editing of their project, could be done in the privacy of their bedroom, with no distractions from on-line games or chat rooms. Solution addressed Internet access, which the kids definitely need for school research, and quiet solitude for reading,writing, and creativity.
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achcheeCommented:
If you used DameWare, then you can (thru the notify dialog box) disable the "notify on connection" option and "play sound on notify" option.  These are in the remote control properties.
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achcheeCommented:
As a note to my previous solution, these will have to be changed on the kids pc's and not the one from which the boss is on.
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gavcolAuthor Commented:
sorry .. I've been away on leave.  I'm going to Boss's house tomorrow to try your options... will let you know

Thanks for your many varied answers

Cheers

Gav
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Let us know how you make out.
--Rob
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