Even though the technological progress has allowed us to advance in all aspects of life, it has also, unfortunately, created some problems – and one of them is keeping the kids away from its harmful effects. Luckily for parents, there are now various applications that can help them see what their children are doing with their mobile devices. One of them is iKeyMonitor, developed to make the ultimate (but also covert) surveillance without the risk of it being detected. It is compatible with most of the today’s modern phones and tablets, and it’s fairly easy to use, so let’s have a look at its features.
Why use iKeyMonitor?
In the digital age, it is quite hard to keep the children away from websites with harmful content. Most of these websites do not have any security measure that prevents children from accessing them, making the parent’s task even harder. This is where iKeyMonitor comes in – it is a versatile application that can easily help you with this problem, as its primary purpose is the protection of children. It allows you to easily keep track of whatever your child is doing with his or hers phone or a tablet, and is the ideal solution for parents who don’t want to worry all the time.
iKeyMonitor Functions and Features
The reason behind this software being one of the best in its field is because it comes with a significant number of features. Some of them are quite common in applications of this kind, but there are also some extra ones, helping you to cover the whole activity of your child on the Internet.
This is the central feature of iKeyMonitor, and it records all the keystrokes on the targeted phone or a tablet. This also includes the ability of the password retrieval, as well as the recording of time and date when the individual keys were pressed.
This application also records the URLs of the websites that your child or an employee has visited, adding the time and date info to each of them. It is one of the most useful features, and very easy to use.
The next powerful feature of iKeyMonitor allows the user to capture screenshots from the targeted gadget, at the designated time intervals. You can easily record and see all the activities that are going on the screen.
This feature gives you the ability to access the application from a remote device, allowing you to change the settings, view logs, and use the iKeyMonitor Live Screen for the Apple devices. Through it, you can also turn off the application completely.
iKeyMonitor also gives you the opportunity to see all the SMS messages, both the incoming and the outgoing ones. It adds the time, date, and the phone number to which these messages were sent.
WhatsApp messages recording
Along with the Facebook’s Messenger, WhatsApp is the most used IM application in the world. Just like with the SMS messages, iKeyMonitor will help you see the contents of the WhatsApp messages with their time and date stamps.
As you can already guess, this software also lets you monitor the emails that are typed and sent from the targeted device. There is also access to recipient’s address if it was typed in manually.
This feature lets the user easily keep track of all the chat messages typed in the device. WhatsApp might be the most popular chat application, but you can also see the messages from Skype, Viber, and many other apps.
Social networks monitoring
The social networks monitoring, as the name says, allows the user to see all the activity on Facebook or Twitter – like the posts or messages. It also includes the dates and times when each website was visited.
This is probably one of the most important features of iKeyMonitor. The application is virtually undetectable, giving no indication that it is in use, letting you use its features without worries of being detected at any time.
Receiving logs through email or FTP
This advanced feature automatically sends the log updates by email or through the FTP website. All that you have to do is to choose the time interval, and then easily access these logs from any device that’s connected to the Internet.
The app comes with a superb support for multiple languages – eleven of them. Some of these languages, besides English, are French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and others.
iKey Monitor Pricing Options
There are four pricing options for this application:
• A one-month subscription costs $59.99
• A three-month subscription costs $49.99
• A six-month subscription costs $39.99
• A twelve-month subscription costs $29.99
One can try iKeyMonitor for free – the three-day trial requires you to sign up on the official website.
Currently, there is also a price promotion taking place. If you want to buy the application for two devices, the developers offer you a chance to save 50% on the second device.
As you can see, the longer the subscription period is, the cheaper the price gets. This has both the good and the bad sides – even though the twelve-month subscription is much more affordable, it’s not a good option for the people who just want to test the water.
Refund Policy and Customer Support
When it comes to refund policy, the developers of iKeyMonitor offer refunds 30 days after the day of purchase. This, of course, happens only if the software is not working on your device and they fail to help you out with solving the problem. They also reserve the right to deny the refund and discontinue support for the users who are uncooperative or malicious.
The central point of the customer support for this software is the 24/7 live chat with the technical staff on the official website. We tested it out, and the response was quick – one of the members of the team was ready and eager to help us with any problem. The customer care center on the website also has a very detailed user guide, walking the users through any trouble they might have with the software.
iKeyMonitor Compatibility and Requirements
iKeyMonitor works on both the Android and iOS devices, but some of the features require that your phone/tablet is rooted/jailbroken.
• Works on OS 2.3.x (Gingerbread) – 6.x (Marshmallow)
• Rooting is necessary for some of the features, like Web History, logging, and keylogging on the chatting apps (Skype, Hangouts, Viber, Kik, and WhatsApp), and screenshots capturing.
• Non-jailbroken devices: iPod, iPad, iPhone (the iCloud ID and iCloud Backup must be enabled).
• Jailbroken devices: iPod, iPad, iPhone (the iKeyMonitor cannot be installed remotely on these devices – it has to be done physically).
iKeyMonitor installation and setup
Downloading and installing this software is fairly easy, and does not require any advanced skills when it comes to technology. The installation process is quick and straightforward, after which you only have to open up your web browser and type “http://localhost:8888” in the address bar to configure the application.
Of course, the trial version of iKeyMonitor will stop working after three days, which is why you have to type in your license key that you purchased. Once again, this can be done by going to the same address (“http://localhost:8888”), where you can enter your license key and click on “Register.”
To use the full set of features that comes with iKeyMonitor, we advise you to install it on a device that is jailbroken/rooted. This process will allow you to use some of the most advanced features like the remote screenshots capturing.
Spying is an uncomfortable business, but sometimes it has to be done. Whether you want to know if your child is visiting some inappropriate sites or if your employee is selling away the company’s secrets, iKeyMonitor is a great solution. It is a great piece of software, with a good design and performance, and comes with tons of features. It’s a good choice for those who do not need a detailed report every minute and prefer to get the logs in some reasonable time intervals.
The main issue that we had with it is the fact that it’s quite expensive if you want to use it on several devices, as you need a separate license for each one of them (even with the ongoing sale). It also requires jailbreak/root to get the most out of it, but the application does what it’s advertised to do, and we can safely say that it’s a great app to purchase, install, and use on a daily basis.
- Good performance, no glitches or bugs
- Huge number of features
- Good customer support
- It works with or without jailbreak
- Undetectable once it's installed
- One-month subscription is expensive
- Some features are inaccessible without jailbreaking
- Poor translation of the official website into other languages