IS there way to monitor another computer in real time

I need to monitor my young children's computers to make sure they are doing the homework they say they are. I have software that records screen shots, but I need to see in real time what they are doing....and in stealth mode. Anyone aware of such software? Spectorsoft is great monitoring software but wont work in real time.
M_EpsteinAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I haven't tried this myself, but I researched it a while ago for a client and found that VNC can (supposedly) do it with proper configuration:
http://www.realvnc.com/products/vnc/

My client wound up not doing it (got cold feet on the concept), so I can't report success or failure. Here's an article that explains how to do the stealth configuration:
http://www.ehow.com/how_6470902_use-vnc-viewer-stealth-mode.html

Regards, Joe
0
Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
Most remote assistance software packages can do this, if they have an "unattended" feature. I use ScreenConnect, and I often connect to other machines here in my house to do maintenance. It's not "stealth", but I believe there are settings that can made to make it much less obvious.

www.screenconnect.com
0
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Scott,
In my experience, most cannot do it. Yes, they have an unattended mode, but you know that they are there and/or that they've been there. Two examples of excellent products with unattended, but not stealth, mode are LogMeIn and TeamViewer. Regards, Joe
0
Ultimate Tool Kit for Technology Solution Provider

Broken down into practical pointers and step-by-step instructions, the IT Service Excellence Tool Kit delivers expert advice for technology solution providers. Get your free copy now.

M_EpsteinAuthor Commented:
Joe and Scott:
I use logmein and teamviewer regularly. That wont work. Also, if the machine is re-booted, the monitoring software service needs to automatically restart. I will look into vnc. I used it years ago, but not in this fashion. Im interested in knowing if anyone out there has any other suggestions.
0
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Another idea is SniperSpy:
http://www.sniperspy.com/

I haven't tried it, but it's worth putting on your short list. Regards, Joe
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
M_EpsteinAuthor Commented:
That looks like what I need! I am going to call them and find out more. Thank you so much!!

Any other suggestions out there?
0
Dany BalianCTOCommented:
10 years ago, i used to maintain a few companies, and some of my tasks included monitoring proper use of the installed software (with or without stealth mode)

Norton's pc anywhere.. has an option where you can connect to a host, view it, and even record it (i remember they were like version 10.5 or so, i don't know if they updated it)

we also had a great networking tool called: Dameware's NT Utilities.. this tool had great features of which i name:
1. ability to install their service remotely (if you know the username or password) in case remote desktop was not installed
2. you can view their screen, and interact with it.. lock the remote keyboard and mouse... and finally you can login in view mode only, which will make your mouse and keyboard not move remotely, thus in stealth mode... (finally, the last point about this software is that, it shows an icon in the tray, that icon is configurable so that it won't show on remote computer, and i remember having a registry hack to completely disable it, for deployed installations)

finally i've also used RAAdmin which was great.. however, we stopped using it, because many anti virus companies started catching it as a false-virus.
0
hnasrCommented:
Yes Real VNC can do the job. The paid version can have a security settings that do not reveal the client's connection. You need to buy multiple licenses. Each computer needs the server version. The viewer is free.

One educational advice . Try to negotiate the issue with your children, and let them know that what you do is for there benefit. This action is useful and it can help you to assist them even from office.
0
aikimarkCommented:
Better policy.
No computers in their bedrooms.  All access is in a public place, with monitors view-able to passers-by.

For that matter, no TVs, phones, or other digital media (games) in bedrooms.  Bedrooms should be quiet places for sleeping and reading.

All their digital sound is to be consumed via headphones unless in the game/TV room.  I even recommend closed caption enabled, sometimes including periods with a muted TV, to force young children to read.

(comment edited by WaM)
0
MereteCommented:
The only one I have ever heard of is KeyStrokes logger, This a slight variation on the former.
Keystroke Spy is a powerful tool that can log every keystroke users type and capture screenshots of their activities. Keystroke Spy can run in total stealth, email you when specific keywords are typed, and can even be set to only log keystrokes typed in specific applications. With Keystroke Spy you will be able to log websites users visit, emails they send, passwords they use, applications they interact with, typed documents, and see everything they did with visual screenshot playback!
http://www.spytech-web.com/keystroke-spy.shtml
Check out the possible uses for Keystroke Spy.
This maybe suitable for monitoring handicapped children.
ActivityMon Home/Family
http://www.activitymon.com/en/home-computers-monitoring
http://www.activitymon.com/
0
M_EpsteinAuthor Commented:
Thank you everyone for all your help. I am going to try sniper spy because I think it will be a best fit. Lets see how it goes!
0
MereteCommented:
Thankyou Mark.
All the Best
0
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome. Good luck with the project. If you get a moment, please post back here to let us know how it goes. Regards, Joe
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Microsoft Access

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.