Simple solution for monitoring computer activity


September 20, 2003

Sunday September 21, 2003

KEYKatcher is a simple device designed to monitor computer activity by capturing up to 65,000 keystrokes that can be retrieved using any word processing program. The approach may seem a little radical, but in certain situations where full-time parental supervision of children isn't possible or a need arises to check employees' online usage, the KEYKatcher can cost effectively provide the required vigilance.

The device is positioned between your keyboard cable and your computer and can be covered with heat-shrink tubing so that any tampering can be detected. It consists of a micro controller that interprets keystrokes as they are typed and a non-volatile memory in which they are stored.

Data retrieval is password protected and works in any word processing program (though Microsoft WordPad is recommended) and the recording function can be disabled at any time.

KEYKatcher is available in two versions - KEYKatcher 64K costs AUD$199 (inc GST) and records more than 65,000 keystrokes (approx 32 typed pages) and the KEYKatcher 32K costs AUD$149 (inc GST) and records more than 32,000 keystrokes (approx 16 typed pages).

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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