Elite Keylogger for Mac is a good solution to monitor the Mac of your kid, or your home one. The keylogger doesn't require the knowledge of keyloggers or any keylogger-related topics for successful use.
- Good security level
- Support of modern MAC OS
- Nice-looking, user-friendly interface
- Grouping of logged information into categories
- Available in three languages
- Zero file activity monitoring
So, once we download the installation file, we launch it and double click "Install Elite Keylogger". Then a window appears asking us whether we would like to install Free ("Install in visible mode") or Pro ("Install in invisible mode") version of the keylogger. As a Pro license was kindly provided to us by Widestep Security Software, developer of Elite Keylogger, we put in our activation code, and click "Install in invisible mode" button. Once we do this, the monitoring software asks us to create a protection password. We put it in, and click "Continue". Then we put in our admin password, and installation finishes. Once installed, Elite Keylogger for Mac OS X shows us a secret word, that should be typed anywhere to open Elite Keylogger, just like it is made in Elite Keylogger for Windows. We type the secret keyword, put in the password and finally see the interface of Elite Keylogger for Mac OS X.
The interface of Elite Keylogger for Mac OS X is not the one we got used to see. The main window contains a line in the top with "Start/Stop" button, and three tabs allowing to switch between log viewing, configuration and license-related options. Depending on the tab chosen, the rest of the window contains corresponding information, allowing either to see the logs (calendar, users' and applications filters, groups of intercepted information), to configure the keystroke logger or to put in another activation code. Despite the interface looks a bit non-standard, we must admit it is very easy to use and handy. Well done!
According to the developer of "Elite Keylogger for Mac OS X", it requires macOS 10.6+ (64-bit only) to work properly.
As for security level of Elite Keylogger for Mac OS X, this spy software is hidden very well, protected by password and can be accessed by typing a secret keyword.
Unfortunately, it can't be accessed by typing a hotkey combination or configured to uninstall on a specified date. It also doesn't have an option of showing a custom-written message to the user who is being monitored.
Elite Keylogger for Mac OS X can perform the following monitoring actions: recording of both alphanumeric and system keys, clipboard monitoring, making screenshots with pre-set frequency.
Unfortunately, the rest of the features of "Monitoring" section are not implemented: no file-activities monitoring, no monitoring of applications launched, system log on/off and inactivity time, documents printed, mouse clicks, sounds. User also can't configure the quality of screenshots to be made, as well as to choose whether to make screenshots every time a mouse is clicked and if that should be screenshots of the entire desktop or of an active window only.
Online MonitoringCapabilities of Elite Keylogger for Mac OS X listed in this section are much more impressive than those in the previous one. The keylogger detects URLs visited in all the browsers, except Opera (which is a pretty rare browser on Mac), and logs both sides of chat conversations made in Yahoo IM and Skype.
As it was mentioned above, the websites visited in Opera are not detected by Elite Keylogger for Mac OS X, nor are the emails sent in Mail. Additionally, this keystroke logging software doesn't intercept both sides of chats made in AIM and Messages (formerly Bonjour). It also can't be configured to make a screenshot every time a new website is loaded.
This section is also the one where Elite Keylogger for Mac shows a very good result. This keystroke recording software allows its user to choose which of the Mac users and which of the applications to monitor. It also allows performing keyword search in the logs, specifying the maximum log-files' size and configuring their auto clearance. Additionally, the intercepted information can be viewed for a custom-specified period of time. The most important in this section, however, is the ability of Elite Keylogger for Mac OS X to deliver the log-files by email.
The few things of this sections that were not implemented in Elite Keylogger for Mac OS X are events duration and the rest of log-files' delivery methods (by FTP, LAN and portable devices). In our opinion, that's not a big loss for a keylogger app.
Elite Keylogger for Mac OS X is available in English, Russian and Spanish. This is very good. Unfortunately, the rest of the features of this section are not available.
Elite keylogger can't "react" to a keyword from a pre-specified list, can't be configured to work on schedule, to block websites and programs from a specified list.
Summing up, we can say that Elite Keylogger for Mac OS X is a good keylogger, functionality of which can be suitable for home monitoring, and may be enough for monitoring kids.
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