PC Tattletale has been around for
quite some time now. It has been overtaken a bit by newer, better
products but it's still solid Parental Control Software and
it comes at an excellent price.
PC Tattletale covers the basics, with good monitoring
of email, chat and web sites visited.
It also has a couple of advanced features too. It can
block web sites by URL or by a keyword/phrase, which is a feature
generally only seen in the more advanced software.
It also has a nifty screen shot facility. You can 'play
back' the screen shots to give you a VCR-like view of what happened
on the child's PC.
One nice thing is that the price includes a licence to
run on two computers by default. This means it's very good value
for money if you have a multi-PC household.
PC Tattletale automatically records every keystroke and every
action taken on a computer, including instant messaging conversations,
web site visits, and email messages.
PC Tattletale also records activities
and applications that aren't related to Internet use, including
word processors, databases, and games. If the computer is on,
PC Tattletale is on the job.
PC Tattletale can operate in stealth mode, so even the
most computer-savvy kids shouldn't be able to find a way around
it. Once you install the program, it is virtually invisible.
It doesn't appear in the Start menu, the system tray, the task
list, or the Windows Programs folder.
If your children do manage to discover the program (or
you've been honest and told them it's there), they will not
be able to uninstall it without the administrator password.
PC Tattletale can capture screen shots, and note the date,
time, and user when the screen shot was captured. The screen
shots are saved to a hidden, password-protected directory. You
can easily and quickly browse the screen shots using PC Tattletale's
VCR-like play, fast forward, and rewind controls. A special
cache purge feature helps prevent your hard drive from being
overtaken by screen shots.
It can block specific URLs if you
manually add them, and you can set it to block sites that contain
certain keywords. If your children try to access a site that
contains a tagged keyword, they will see a 404 Page Not Found
error. The keyword blocker records the URL of every attempted
web site for you to check later.
PC Tattletale Review Summary:
PC Tattletale is very easy to install and configure.
It runs in stealth mode, so it's almost impossible for even
a computer-savvy child to circumvent it. Monitor 2 PC's for
$49.95? How can you go wrong.
George La Rosa
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