Monitoring software for my network

Hello all,

I am looking for monitoring software for 35 laptops. we have caught employees playing games and visiting the wrong websites on daily basis.. I would like to install monitoring software so i can tell how mow time is being spend and what sites are being visited.. I am not looking for anything too expensive.. also i am looking to do this legally. any ideas?
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Garry GlendownConsulting and Network/Security SpecialistCommented:
If you are supplying Internet on your network, why not install a decent firewall with webfilter, web site classification, and content scanner, which could take care of unwanted destinations and usage without intruding on anybody's privacy ... and a lot more efficient, as it can also takes care of other things like virus/malware, intrusions (by use of IDS/IPS) ...

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Greg HejlPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
OpenDNS runs a pretty good service.

you will need to remove administrator rights to your users so they can't change DNS settings for a workaround

Sonicwall provides a firewall with content filtering, this will let you see what your users are up to.

you can use this to block dns to any servers other than OpenDNS too
i have recommended this earlier to other people. refer to below link.

Spiceworks is the unltimate choice.

Khandakar Ashfaqur RahmanExpert/ConsultantCommented:
Do you want to monitor internet activity? Or both local machine+internet ?

Firstly, Are you using domain?If you have domain then you can set permission from domain Controller

Secondly, If you don't have a domain then you need to monitor traffic and configure your firewall to restrict sites

   a. If you use Cisco Router then you can install Net Flow analyzer to monitor monitor traffic
   b. You may implement transparent proxy for your LAN so that whatever data goes you can monitor from proxy
   c. If you can implement Mikrotik router then it's good.Because it has routing capabilities+Bandwidth     monitoring+managing+firewall+traffic monitor +graph etc.

And if you want monitor local activities into a computer then you have to install spytool like: Golden Eye.
Otherwise, unistall all the unwanted softwares/applications by administrator account.Create a limited account and restrict those applications/activities you want to restrict for that limited account.Then provide them limited account.
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