Keykatcher: Easiest way to monitor your PC

KeykatcherKeykatcher is a unique solution for parents, employers and anyone that needs to know what is happening to the computer when they are not around. When plugged between your keyboard and computer the Keykatcher logs keyboard activity - no software to install, no system resources used, no software needed.


It took about 15 seconds to install the Keykatcher since all that has to be done is plug it into the back of the computer; making it not only the easiest way to monitor a PC but the quickest to install. The 2-inch device looks more like a keyboard adaptor then a sophisticated monitoring device. It's diameter is the same as a regular keyboard plug so it won't interfere with a PS/2 mouse, although it does sick out almost 2 inches from the back of the computer.


Activating the Keykatcher is as simple as simple as opening notepad (or any text editor) and typing 'the default password. The Keykatcher's interface is simple. It literally types a menu in your text editor; to select a menu item, simply type the menu number and the Keykatcher responds by typing more text.

The menu system allows access to all the functions, including viewing and erasing the memory, changing the password (not available in the 8k model), searching the memory and running NETPatrol.

NETPatrol is great for monitoring Internet access. When a user types in a web address, such as, the keystrokes are recorded in the Keykater's memory. Running NETPatrol searches the Keykatcher's memory for instances where the user has typed 'www.', '.com' and '.net' and outputs text that was entered just before and just after the match. In essence this allows for a listing of web pages the user as gone to. Search results are displayed by re-sending the keystrokes. Since the Keykatcher only records keystrokes, NETPatrol will not show addresses the user has gone to by clicking using bookmarks for or linking to from other web pages.

The search function is similar to the NETPatrol function, but allows searching for any text. There is also a menu option for outputting all text, although this could take a long time depending on how much of the memory has filled. The result is text that was typed into the text editor it may be saved or searched against using the advanced search capabilities of the editor.


Since only keystrokes are recorded there is much user activity that goes unmonitored. The impossibility of remote management makes it impracticable for monitoring several computers; a feature that only a software solution can offer. The Keykatcher is an easy to install, easy to use method of monitoring keyboard activity on any computer. The product, the interface and the features it offers are very well thought-out and very done.