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I wish to put a keylogger on my macbook so I can monitor my children's use and make sure they are not getting up to or talking to people they should not be.

Could you recommend me a nice, good free key logger than I can put on my macbook. It is important that it seems "invisible" so my kids do not know its there and disable it or what not. It also be useful if the program can email the log so if i can see what my macbook is being used for is im not at home of if its stolen.
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I'm not sure as it is a lot harder to hide running programs on a Mac, but I'll take a look around the web and see what i can find.
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After doing some quick research, their are plenty of keyloggers for mac, but you will not find any for free and definitely not any free ones.
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I found an open source one here - not sure if it meets your needs tho


http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Security/logKext.shtml
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I found an open source one here - not sure if it meets your needs tho


http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Security/logKext.shtml
It looks like it's for PPC so I do not think that it will work on his Mac.
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It'll run under Rosetta fine
All the others I found were OS 8 and 9



Edit: It may not work under Rosetta as it is a kernal extension - sorry
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in that case, can anyone recommend some of the best key loggers that you have to pay for?
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At $99 this is a bit pricey

http://www.spectorsoft.com/products/...ue&refer=12889

This one is cheaper - and both options support leopard

http://www.blazingtools.com/mac_keylogger.html
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if you are running leopard, have you considered just using parental controls? its seems like it would help you accomplish you goal plus some. its a pretty neat set of tools that will let you really keep track of what your children are doing, as well as limit the amount of time they can spend on the computer.

more info here:
http://www.apple.com/macosx/features...lcontrols.html
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Try http://www.download.com

They do downloads for macs and windows
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At $99 this is a bit pricey

http://www.spectorsoft.com/products/...ue&refer=12889

This one is cheaper - and both options support leopard

http://www.blazingtools.com/mac_keylogger.html
Where I work, we use SpectorSoft when dealing with certain types of internal investigations. As a Security pro, it's GREAT! As an individual, it's horrible! As a parent, you NEED to be aware that it will show you far more about your children and their friends than you will have ever wanted to know. Especially if they are in the "trying to be an adult" stages of their lives.

I'm not a parent, but I am the mentor to a 13-year old boy. And I work with his Mom to make sure that he stays safe online. NetNanny is currently in use, and she wants to go to SpectorSoft, but I'm cautioning her to PLEASE be sure she wants to be that invasive. Every adolescent needs SOME form of privacy, and while I'm all for keeping the predators at bay, if you use spectorsoft, you WILL end up observing and gaining far more knowledge of your kids private lives than either of you dream of.

If you do ANY monitoring, my advice is to first, set them down and tell them WHY you are monitoring: "I love you and trust you, but there are a lot of people out there that we don't know, who will try to gain your trust. They can encourage you to try things that you wouldn't normally, and I don't trust THEM. Me using this monitoring software is kinda like me sitting on the porch while you play in the yard/street/your friends yard down the block. I do it because I love you, and I trust you, but also because people drive down this street that we don't know, and I don't trust them."

And then be prepared to ask yourself: "Didn't I do anything similar when I was their age?" and immediately ignore those actions.

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I have to agree with PerryLynch.
A keylogger of that magnitude is not something you want to use on your kids. Any keylogger is not really what you want to use on your kids. There are far more appropriate applications out there. Many find NetNanny to be more than sufficient.

I also have worked with these types of software in my work, you really do not want to take this type of action against someone you love. It will show you far more than you ever would want to know. Not to mention the utter invasion of privacy that this invokes, especially if done secretly. Please rethink this strategy, there are better solutions.
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I also agree. Nothing beats a good heart to heart talk.

What would happen if ever your children find out you've been spying on them ? Do you sincerely think they're easily going to forgive you for this violation ?
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It looks like it's for PPC so I do not think that it will work on his Mac.
This software is too old to ue on Mac OS X,
For keylogger for Mac , you may check out and download one from
http://www.keylogger-for-mac.com
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Just a question.. How old are your kids?

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