- Easy-to use interface
- Cloud-based admin-panel and log storage
- Email and chats in IM apps aren’t intercepted
- Interface is available in English only
Installation - Create Realtime-Spy Logging App
The installation of Realtime-Spy for Mac may seem complicated and simple at the same time.
On the one hand, there are some obligatory steps to follow:
• login to your account on the software developer’s website;
• configure a setup file (specify its name as well as configure the monitoring options);
• download and execute the file on a system you want to monitor.
On the other hand, this approach relieves you of the need to configure the program after installation, since the setup file already contains all the basic monitoring parameters.
Interface - Realtime-Spy Computer Selection
The program doesn’t have its own interface — on the target system there is only monitoring module that sends all data to the cloud is installed.
You need to log into your account on the software developer’s website and select the necessary computer in order to view reports of the system being monitored. The web panel is rather easy-to use. Moreover, all monitored activities are divided into subcategories.
Support for all versions for both Mac OS X (starting with 10.6) and macOS.
A user is unaware of operation of the monitoring module Realtime-Spy for Mac. However, you can add "Alert User Realtime-Spy is Installed" notification during creation of the installation app, after this the user will see a warning message on his screen informing that the system is being monitored. This feature may be useful in some situations.
The cloud-based storage for data collected by the monitoring module can be simultaneously considered as advantage and disadvantage of this program. On the one hand, you can view reports at any time and using any Internet-connected device. On the other hand, storing personal data in the cloud requires additional care (you need to set a strong password on your web panel account), as well as confidence in the software vendor’s reliability.
Monitoring - Realtime-Spy viewing programs used
Realtime-Spy for Mac monitors both alphanumeric and system keystrokes. The program records the apps starts/closes as well as system logon/logoff. You can also specify the frequency of screenshots’ taking but their quality isn’t user-customizable. Besides, Realtime-Spy for Mac indicates the system idle time.
Online Monitoring - Realtime-Spy viewing websites visited
As for online activity monitoring, Realtime-Spy for Mac tracks the open web pages in all commonly used browsers. In addition, the program takes a screenshot during a launch of the website. But conversations in IM applications aren’t recorded, incoming and outgoing emails aren’t monitored as well.
Reports - Realtime-Spy viewing computer
The reports of Realtime-Spy for Mac, as we mentioned before, are stored in the cloud, so you are able to view them, using any Internet connected device. The user can also download all the logs in html format for backup, printing or offline viewing. Besides, the user is provided with the option to search in the logs by keywords.
Real-time monitoring is one more useful option of this program (Real-time Events and Real-time Screenshots). The reports contain information about the duration of using the app and/or a certain event.
The program interface is available in English only. The rest of the functions from the “Other” section aren’t supported as well, so Realtime-Spy for Mac did not earn points in this section.
In our opinion, the main advantage of this program is the Cloud-based, centralized, multiple device logging (you can purchase an additional license for your other devices — besides macOS there is support of Windows and Android).
As for the disadvantages, instant messengers and email activity aren’t monitored. One more minus is that the interface is available in English only.
Monitoring Software Features