Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Spytech SpyAgent is reliable and affordable monitoring software that lets you track your child’s internet activity. It records email messages sent and received, attachments, and both sides of chat and instant message conversations. You can also see social media activity on sites like Facebook and Twitter, including what your child is posting, what they are liking on other people’s pages and what their friends are posting on their own sites. SpyAgent lets you control your child’s internet use while still allowing them to enjoy their time online.
This monitoring software is a little tricky to set up. We needed to disable some security functions and use a browser other than Chrome in order to download and install the program. Once SpyAgent was finally installed, the program took us a little longer to figure out compared to other computer monitoring software we reviewed. This is in part because the program looks a bit dated, so it isn’t as intuitive as new programs. But once we got the hang of it, this software became easy enough to use.
SpyAgent has stealth mode so you can monitor your child’s online activity without their knowledge, but it does take more time and tech know-how to set up than the rest of the programs. And since Spytech doesn’t have live support available, you will need to rely on the online articles and FAQs to help answer your questions.
There are 10 filter categories you can use to quickly block sites with inappropriate content. You can also add URLs to a blacklist of sites the program will block. SpyAgent doesn’t have as many advanced monitoring tools, like conversation tracking that red flags certain words and phrases such as “don’t tell your mom” or “are you home alone?” It also doesn’t send you text alerts when your child tries to access restricted websites or is online chatting. If you want these tools to protect your kids, we recommend Qustodio.
Another great tool included with SpyAgent is time controls. This lets you turn off access to the internet during times when your child should be in bed, at school, working on homework or chores, or during family activities.
This computer monitoring program has very detailed activity logs that show you everything your child has done while online. You see complete chat histories, screenshots of what they have accessed, and contact information of anyone who has posted to their social media pages or contacted them through email or instant messaging. You can have these logs sent to you through email or access them through the online parent portal.
Spytech SpyAgent is an affordable monitoring program, though it may be difficult to download and install, and because it looks a bit dated it tends to take a little more time to learn to use it. But it is a good tool for monitoring your kids online since it captures email and chat messages from both sides of the conversation, lets you view what both your kids and their friends are posting on social media pages, and allows you to block harmful websites. And it lets you control when your kids can be online. SpyAgent is the only computer monitoring program we reviewed that has stealth mode so you can monitor your kids without them knowing.