evil thing to ask but I need keystroke logger

Grant Taylor cctalk at gtaylor.tnetconsulting.net
Thu Nov 19 23:56:41 CST 2020

On 11/19/20 10:28 PM, Randy Dawson via cctalk wrote:
> I have kids that after corona are in lockdown, so they are on computers 
> all the time.  Supposed to be doing schoolwork, but no, feedback from 
> the school is negative.


> Can I trap some traffic from these PC's and what software would 
> you recommend?

What platform?  Windows?  Linux?  (You did say PC.)  macOS?  Something else?

I would be somewhat inclined to avoid software based key loggers as I've 
heard of problems with them.  (Admittedly this was back in DOS / Windows 
3.x / 95 days.)

As such, I'd be more inclined to use a hardware based keylogger.

I have no idea how you parent and I'm just some random guy on the 
Internet.  But if I were in your shoes, I'd tell my kids that they have 
abused things and that I was now monitoring them.  Be honest and up 
front.  Don't hide what you are doing.  Give them an opportunity to 
re-gain trust.  I would also use the lack of any information from the 
key logger to be a indicator that they have compromised it.

I might also consider something like VNC where I can watch what's on 
their screen.  If at any point in time you can't see what's on their 
screen, then you have a different problem.

I would also be tempted to give them a tiny bit of leeway.  We all get 
board, finish a task and occasionally need 90 seconds to reset.  More 
than that and I'd think it's a good time to cough really loud, walk past 
them, what have you.

But you are the parent.  You know your kids best and what will and will 
not work for them.  Good luck.

Grant. . . .
unix || die

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