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Posted on 2007-11-27
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I handle our IT and HR where I work in a small family owned business.  I have decided that I would like to implement some type of screen recording and keystroke capturing software.  It would need to be software that would stop recording once a user is inactive for a period of time.  This type software would help me identify unauthorized use as well as when someone describes a problem I can match the keystrokes to the video to determine exactly what they did.

Thanks for your help!
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by:fredshovel
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It sounds impractical to me, because screen recording software records very large video files, and in modern day usage computer personnel are on their computers for most of the day. These files would be enormous -- plus someone would then have to spend an amount of time going through all the video footage.
As ruthless as the corporate world is today, they mostly just limit the sites that their employees can go to.
Emulating keystrokes, as you would know, being in IT, is mostly done in real time.
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dnudelman earned 500 total points
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Try Camtasia, this software is simply fantastic. There is a offer for a Free version 3. If you really like but version 5 wich is much better.

http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia/pcpls.asp

Good Luck!
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Hard disk space is very cheap.

Also, the main purpose is to be able to catch bugs in our systems based on the keystrokes someone used while processing a transaction.  There would not be a lot of reviewing for unauthorized activity - only when a situation warrants it.

Thanks.
Joe
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joemckamey

In the US (I don't know where you are located), under federal law and many state laws, it is only legal to record a conversation or  communication if at least one of the parties to the communication has given consent to the recording. Depending on your location, that likely means you need specific consent, not simply a generic consent under a computer use policy. At the very least, make sure you do have a computer use policy which clearly states that monitoring may be possible.

Cheers,
LHerrou

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by:joemckamey
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Thanks Lherrou!

We currently have that policy in place and every employee signs off specifically on that upon hire.

Joe
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Please let us know how the project turns out -- in fact I'm sure the whole IT world is watching.
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