This is software that will let you monitor the activities on a computer that is unattended. Monitoring can be done on a remote machine.
SurveilStar Activity Monitor is a free web activity monitoring software. You just install the software tool on the machine to be monitored (for example, the home machine), which can help you to monitor, record, control and block internet activities. SurveilStar Activity Monitor will invisibly record all the activities on the target computer. You can then launch the Viewer part of the tool on a remote machine and track the activities on the monitored computer. That makes employee monitoring, parental control on children`s activity as well as the activities of your partner. Things that you can monitor include mail, websites, files, IM messages. You can set blocking rules and collect detailed stats.
You`ll be able to record HTTP web mails and unencrypted POP3, IMAP, SMTP emails sent or received by Outlook, Outlook Express and Thunderbird. The program runs in the background and is able to collect surfing history. That will let you make out if the employee is goofing off or your child is getting into anything dangerous. The software will also record files uploaded and downloaded via FTP client software so that you can review what were being shared within your local network. All MSN conversations are captured and stored in an encrypted form for later review. It will let you block a specific computer`s Internet TCP connections and outgoing TCP data by setting blocking rules such as time, IP ranges and URLs. Collecting extensive data lets you determine everything that happens on the machines under surveillance. The tool is good, only thing you need to decide is if you want to do it from the ethics angle!