With PC monitoring applications and services becoming so popular amongst Windows users, many Mac owners are searching for a similar product for their remote monitoring and computing needs. Fortunately, thanks to pioneers like the developers at Retina X Studios, there are now monitoring solutions for the Mac OSX operating system that offer the same functionality seen in Windows counterparts. If you’re not sure whether to install surveillance software, consider the following benefits of monitoring your Mac computer:
Privacy and File Protection
Macintosh computers are known for offering better security than Windows-based PCs, particularly because their operating systems are not vulnerable to viruses. However, Macs are not invincible and they can still be misused by unscrupulous employees or guest users. With the ability to monitor your Mac remotely in real-time, and view logs of past activity, you can easily find out when someone has been abusing your computer while you’ve been away. You can even set alerts to notify you when someone performs a specific action on your Mac. If someone is viewing or using a file or program you don’t want them to have access to, you can remotely terminate the process within the active processes window.
Supervising Automated Tasks
If you’re like many techies who use their Macs to run demanding software, you’ll no longer have to wait around to check on the progress of program operations, as this can be done remotely as well. Whether you’re converting/downloading a large media file, or using an automated application to collect web data, you can monitor the status of tasks through any device that has an internet connection and web browser. There are several ways to supervise software operation through a remote monitoring app – you can set screenshots to be taken at set intervals and then automatically emailed to your inbox, you can view activity logs that show which files have been created/modified, or you can view logs that display an application’s execution and usage duration times.
Remote File Access
With a powerful monitoring service you can browse your Mac’s file system, download any file with ease, or launch the file remotely. You can also view file logs to determine which files have been recently updated/modified – a feature that is particularly useful for managing workgroups. In a way monitoring apps can replace online storage accounts, as you’ll no longer need to worry about using a synchronized cloud storage service to have instant access to all of the files in your network. Instead, you can simply access your Mac’s operating system directly through the web browser of any internet-connected device. Most Mac monitoring applications are fully compatible with smartphone and tablet operating systems, so you can conveniently access, download, launch, and manipulate any file on your Mac while you’re mobile.
Rod Perun is an avid Apple enthusiast and technology blogger who currently blogs about for Retina X Studios LLC, the creators of SniperSpy Mac Monitoring software.