PC and Internet monitoring and surveillance specialist SpectorSoft announced the release of Spector Pro 2010 PC and Internet monitoring software, which now identifies and defines thousands of acronyms to help employers (and parents) to decipher cryptic terms used to conceal online conversations. The updated version also provides support for Windows 7, a free year of coverage under SpectorSoft Ultimate Care, and Stealth Mode, in which the program will not appear in the Windows System Tray, Desktop, Task Manager or Add/Remove Programs Menu.
Spector Pro 2010 monitors and records everything a child or employee does at their PC and on the Internet, including chat discussions, keystrokes typed, web sites visited, what they search for, emails sent and received, programs run, as well as all activity in MySpace and Facebook. It can also be set to restrict a user from accessing certain web sites and file sharing services, and block online chat with specific individuals. Spector Pro 2010 is priced at $99.95 for a single-user license and works with Windows 7 whether a user has upgraded or received it pre-installed. Spector Pro 2010 also supports all versions of Windows Vista, Windows XP Home Edition or Professional, including 64-bit versions.
The software's screen snapshot feature records all activity on a monitored PC, laptop, or Netbook. It reveals what a user was looking at online, whom they chatted with and what was said, and content they viewed on websites and profile pages, in the order in which they did it. A step-by-step recording of screen snapshots can be viewed in a -forward and rewind' sequence, similar to the experience of viewing a surveillance video of their desktop activity.
Spector Pro 2010 also features a warning system that informs an employer or parent when a monitored PC is used inappropriately. Through the use of keywords and phrases specified, Spector Pro 2010 can be placed "on alert" and email an immediate and detailed report of when, where and how a keyword is used every time it is typed or appears on the PC, on a web site, in a chat or instant message, or in an email.
"One of our top imperatives is to help parents keep their kids safe online, and the new Internet Lingo Translator in Spector Pro 2010 automatically defines cryptic abbreviations that may be used by their child, or said to them by friends, classmates, school bullies, or predators who try to befriend them online," said SpectorSoft president C. Douglas Fowler. "Now, whenever a parent encounters any email, chat or instant message containing an acronym they don't understand, they can simply roll their mouse over it and the true meaning is instantly revealed; mystery solved."