New version of StaffCop now have plenty features for convemiemt logs viewing!
- Multi-OS support
- Multi-language interface
- Great URLs interception
- Good file-activity monitoring
- Great stealthiness level
- Plenty of logs' delivery options
- Ability to log user on schedule
- 2-side interception of Skype conversations
- Doesn't record copying of files
- Only basic screenshot-making options
- Doesn't record mouse clicks
- Doesn't log system inactivity time
Today we are reviewing the keylogger that is most of all designed for corporate monitoring, its name is StaffCop Standard.
Once we launch the installer it asks us to choose one of the languages it is available at. Currently Russian, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish and Ukrainian are available. We choose English and click "Next". The installation process is pretty typical and has almost nothing to describe. During the whole process a user goes through a well-know list of windows: Welcome → EULA → Select destination folder → Choose additional options of StaffCop (where one can choose to install Agent on this computer, install Scheduler and create an icon at the Desktop) → Ready to install → Finish (with "Launch StaffCop" and "Reboot computer" checkboxes).
So we launch the keylogger and see a window informing us about the fact that the version we are using is unregistered and suggesting us one of three options: buy the license, enter the registration key or continue using the free trial. We enter the license key provided by AtomPark Software Inc., click OK and wait for the program to check the license and open.
The interface of the keylogger is thought-out and is oriented for use in a corporate network. The list of computers in the network, having the agents of StaffCop Standard installed (called "Computer List") is shown in a narrow left window, while the intercepted information can be viewed in the main (right) part of the window that takes about 80% of the screen. All the data received from a particular PC is splat into categories. Each category has its own tab on the bottom of the screen, and it is very handy to switch between them. Additionally the interface contains Data filter and a Toolbar allowing you to perform various actions with the computers in Computer List. In our opinion the interface is just perfect, yet additional elements can be added, removed and customized in "View" element of the keylogger's menu.
Now let's talk about the test results of StaffCop Standard. The keylogger runs without glitches on all the operating systems present in our comparison, so receives almost maximum in this section.
As for the security, StaffCop Standard can't be accessed via keyword or hotkey combination and can't be set to uninstall itself automatically. In our opinion these three features are not mandatory while monitoring employees, yet the "Configurable self-removal" feature would be helpful. The rest of the features of this section are present in StaffCop Standard and none of them could be called unnecessary. We would also like to pay attention to the fact that StaffCop allows its user to remotely install the agents on the target PCs of the same network, requiring root permissions on these PCs and some of their ports opened.
As for the monitoring, StaffCop Standard also logs almost everything one might need while monitoring employees. The keylogger intercepts all the file-activity operations except copying, started applications, clipboard content, system log on/off time, printed documents. It also makes screenshots. Unfortunately it doesn't log system inactivity time and the fact of files' copying that is important in corporate monitoring. Additionally, StaffCop Standard doesn't record log on passwords, sounds, mouse clicks and doesn't provide some of the options to configure the screenshot-making. In our opinion all the features mentioned in last sentence are not required for corporate monitoring, yet can be useful while monitoring your home PC.
The keylogger is almost perfect in online monitoring. It logs all the visited URLs in all the browsers in our testing. It also logs both sides of chat conversations in all the messengers, except AOL, including even Skype! The only feature missing here, except already mentioned 2-sides interception of chats in AOL, is making of screenshots of visited web-sites. StaffCop Standard can't do that, yet it seems that standard screenshot-making and configuring options are enough for this keylogger.
One more section where StaffCop Standard is almost perfect. It can't do only two things: monitor pre-specified users of a particular PC only and clear log-files automatically. We do not think that the first feature is necessary in corporate monitoring, while the second one could be useful, even though the user of StaffCop Standard can set disk size quotas for various types of intercepted information. As for the rest, StaffCop Standard is great: it can deliver log-files by all the 4 means present in our testing, filter them and perform a search.
The only feature StaffCop Standard misses in "Other" section is ability to react to a pre-specified keyword. The rest is present in this keylogger: it can monitor on schedule, block websites and applications. Just as its installation file, it is available in 7 languages.
Summing up we can say that StaffCop Standard is a perfect keylogger for corporate monitoring with well-thought interface and features. It can also be used for monitoring of your kids and your home computer, yet if you want to get maximum of it use it for monitoring of employees.