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Pros: Provides for all core options of staff monitoring, for instance, real-time computer monitoring, working hours tracking, employee productivity analysis, and employee desktop activity video recording. It also offers some extra options, such as Remote computer monitoring, Keylogger, History Playback Filter by applications started or websites visited. Kickidler’s intuitive interface is easy to deal with even for a novice user. The price is more than affordable.

Cons: There are no Cloud Hosted and Document and File Tracking features, though these are of primary importance for some companies.

Our opinion: Kickidler is a powerful Employee Monitoring Software for total surveillance over employees. At the same time, it’s easy-to-go and user-friendly. Its powerful tools, namely Live View Monitoring, Automated Alerts, Real Time Alerts and History Playback, guarantee that this program cannot be tricked. By the way, employee desktop activity video files do not take up much space on the Server. We used standard video frequency settings for testing, and it took about 2 gigabytes to host a whole working day video recording. We briefly tested Time Sheet feature and came to the conclusion that there is nothing superfluous, only functionality. It allows to analyze employee productivity at the computer. You can configure individual settings for every employee depending on their work duties. Reports and Time Sheets are delivered to an e-mail at certain time you select. An important advantage of this software over the closest competitor is its price, which is more than affordable. An annual license for one employee will cost you just 45 $.

Our review
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Kickidler is powerful software for total control of your employees. We've decided to give it first place in our rating, because we – and this is our subjective opinion – think that it's very easy to install and set up plus it has all the necessary tools without any pretentious stuff. And you can get all that for a very reasonable price. To give you a full picture in this review we will install Kickidler on a virtual machine and test the main functions of this program.

How Kickidler works

Basically, this is how Kickidler works. You install server part of Kickidler on the computer that has the biggest hard drive. That's where all the heavy data will be stored: videos, reports and various system settings. You can clearly see that the creators had pondered the question of optimization and compression of screen videos. Recording of one working day requires from one and a half to two gigabytes. It depends on the display resolution of the monitor and the activity of the employee's actions during the workday.

By default, Kickidler creates a video with a frequency of 1 frame per second and stores it on the file server for a week. These settings can be changed at any time according to your needs. But keep in mind that the bigger the frame rate (FPS) and the period of storing the files, the bigger storage is required to save that story.

Besides the server part, Kickidler includes Viewers and Grabbers (so-called agents). You install viewers on personal computers that are going to be used to monitor the employees and grabbers – on employees' workstations. We should also note that Viewers and Servers can be easily installed on unlimited number of computers. They are shared on a free basis.

Licenses are bought only for Grabbers. Their quantity depends directly on the number of users you need to monitor.

Kickidler installation process

Right after the registration we receive two letters on our email. The first one contains information about interacting with the account and licenses, and the second one contains a personal activation key and data for free testing of the fully functional version for a 7-day period.

Click the link in the second letter. It will take you to the section of the website that has installation distribution kits. Download the elements you need. 

Run “node.x64.msi” file on the computer that acts as the server and click “Next” in the first installation window.

Agree to the terms and conditions and let's move on to the next step.

In the next window the installer requests the activation key – the one that was sent in the second letter. Copy and paste it in the appropriate section of the installer.

If your network is using proxy server, then you can set up access to it at this stage of the installation process. If you get Internet connection directly from a router, then you won't need to do any additional manipulations.

Keep DBMS as it is (by default).

Installation path can be left as it is as well.

Press the “Install” button and wait for the unpacking to be completed.

Installation is successfully completed.

Install the Grabber component on the client computer that you will monitor the same way we've written above. For us it's a computer with Windows 10. The only nuance that arises during the installation of the agent is the window “Hidden work set up”. During this step the helper suggests hiding Grabber's process from the task manager. That's an excellent function. You should definitely use it so that your more tech-savvy employees don't interfere with the process of your spying agent.

After you've installed Grabber, go to the last module – Viewer. “viewer.x64” file. Then you just press “Next”.

You have the same terms and conditions. Then there’s a window where you choose the place for software installation.

Click to “Install” to begin the installation.

Oh, and here is the long-awaited window with the request to enter the invitation key. Paste it from the letter we've talked about and press “OK”.

Installation process can be officially considered a success.

Run the Viewer application and the first thing we see is the screen of the client computer. That means that our Grabber is successfully operating and has already begun to form the catalog with the proper statistics and videos of the working process deep in the bowels of the server.

As you can see, the process of installation of all the components won't be a problem for even those of you who aren't that proficient in computers. And yet, if there are any problems during this stage, developers have made a special section on their website where you can find a detailed description of possible scenarios. By the way, one of the letters that were sent to us even had a link to the short video about the installation process of Kickidler on Windows 10.

Kickidler’s capability

Preparation of the small demonstration ground is complete. But before we analyze every function in detail, let's go over the main options of this employee monitoring system:

  • Online monitoring. It allows you to check in real time exactly what your employees are doing.
  • Remote access. It gives you the ability to interfere with employee's activity at any time trough interception of control of the mouse and keyboard.
  • Screen recording. Now this is a really unique function. The program records a proper video of every action performed by the user. The majority of similar systems which I managed to find were limited to just keeping screenshots made in the fixed periods.
  • Keylogger. Kickidler remembers the keys pressed during the day, including hot keys. The fact that I really enjoyed is Keylogger's integration with online monitoring and screen recording. That means you can watch a video in real time and figure out what buttons an employee pressed before they went, “Hey, everything has broken, but that's not my fault – I literally didn't press anything”.
  • Time tracking. It's another very interesting feature. The program makes the sheet of working hours based on the time the employees spent in front of computer. Once you turn the computer on, Kickidler records that you've come to work. Turning it off means you've finished work and left home. Nothing is happening for quite some time? That could mean you have a lunch break or you've decided to go out the office for a smoke.
  • Productivity tracking. Besides simple time tracking, the system forms the detailed statistics, which reflects what websites the employee visited during the working hours, what programs they used and to what extent their actions are consistent with the direct duties stated in their job description.
  • Control of violations. Last but not least, this function allows the Trigger to react instantly to any violations of the working process. You can configure it so that an employee's monitor signals in real time if some useless site has been visited or Minecraft is running during the working hours.

I'm sure you are also intrigued, having encountered some of these functions for the first time ever, and you want to know how this whole thing works. So let's get on with it and review every feature individually.

“Tracking” section

First things first. Right after we open Viewer, we see the “Tracking” section. In this section you can see all the screens of the users that have the Grabber agent installed on their computers. 

Let's simulate a somewhat regular situation at work. One employee will be typing something in WordPad and another will be browsing Facebook at the same time. A corresponding marker will immediately appear in the bottom of the violator's unit. It will have the full information on the unproductive actions of that employee, and the frame of their screen will become red. 

If the employee has been gone for more than a minute, the inaction timer starts.

You can see which programs are being run on the user's computer at the moment by simply clicking once. You can also find out which characters they are entering. Computer mouse icon clearly demonstrates what app is active at that very moment.

You can watch the history of every program and grade its efficiency. Moreover, you can do this both for the certain user and the department as a whole. 

I think that's it for the “Monitors” tab. Having switched to the “Programs section, you can see a window of each running application individually.

On the right, in “Violations” schedules and histograms with data on employee's efficiency and fooling around are formed. The longer the colorful stripe across from the category of the filter, the longer the user was doing something else. For instance, they could’ve been watching videos on YouTube or playing a game.

The last tab – “Keylogger” – records user's keystrokes. You can look at detailed information and find out when the text was typed and in which exact app it was done. If you want to, the logs can be filtered. For example, you can make it so only the things that were typed in the browser will be displayed. In addition, there is an option to implement a keyword search or turn off the display of system buttons in the history.

“Reports” section

Next section available in the Viewer's header is the section with reports. There is a thorough analysis of your organization's work in there. By default, the program creates 3 tabs: one with statistics on the time the employee spent doing things, their efficiency and dynamics of the day in general. Time mark reflects detailed information on the period of time the department or the particular employee were using a certain application.

Efficiency report implies the analysis of the same time period, but it takes into account efficiency grades that you can configure by yourself for each program or a web resource.

And the last default tab is the dynamics report. You can clearly see averaged data on your employees' activities during the working day. The report is displayed in the form of a chart and a separate window with specification of the set periods.

You can always change the settings you need, for example, to set grouping by days instead of hours. Let's choose the duration of a week. All that's left to do is create the report and study information on dynamics of your employees' work. Similar reports can be created by you not only on the topic of dynamics, but also on the topic of time and, like I've already said, degree of efficiency.

“History” section

The last section that's available in the basic version of the Viewer is “History”. Let's create a new tab with week history for a single employee. We'll choose a smaller step, let's make it 5 seconds. Confirm configuration completion and wait for the storyline to be formed.

We are met by default interface of the player. Or at least so it seems. There is a screen with recording of the actions in the middle, under it is a timeline with a slider, the PLAY button and the regulator of playback speed. We can see keystrokes in the keylogger line during a certain interval of time. Under the time slider you can activate the button to display the violations that were made and estimate overall efficiency of the user's work during the particular interval via familiar histograms. On the right you can put the panel of the running applications. You can see in detail what program the employee was working with, which programs were running simultaneously, and you can also grade them on efficiency. Basically, we've seen the same function in the “Tracking” section.

Near the button of playback speed, there are two additional keys. The first one is for export of the video on the computer, and the second one is for saving the separate file with the keystrokes. Let's try to save the current video on the desktop.

Near the button of playback speed, there are two additional keys. The first one is for export of the video on the computer, and the second one is for saving the separate file with the keystrokes. Let's try to save the current video on the desktop.

“Administration” section

Now let's move on to the remote access. However, to make this function available you should change Viewer to the extended version mode. To do this, you should go to the master menu and, having pressed the button of the same name, confirm change of the mode in the window that opens.

The program immediately suggests you choose the computer you want to connect to.

Connection is established. All that's left to do is gain access to remote access by pressing “Connect”.

Now we can see the screen of the monitor of the remote computer. I think I need to note that we didn't have to do any additional actions, like, for example, entering a password or anything. That's a real joy for the administrator. I love when there is no need to perform any sort of specific sacred rituals. Okay. What do we have here regarding functionality? There is the ability to choose the monitor of the personal computer, the built-in screenshot function with an option to save them on your computer.

There also is a section with settings where you can switch on/off access of the mouse and the keyboard. You can activate the clipboard and also add the icon that will inform the user about the fact that we've connected to the taskbar. But that's not the most awesome thing. That honor goes to the fact that Kickidler's remote access is the first function that I can think of that has properly implemented the simple function of blocking keystrokes and deactivating the mouse.

Server administration

To facilitate the working process of their colleagues, guys from TeleLinkSoft have provided the web interface on the server. To get there, you should type in the address bar the IP address of the computer, on which you installed the server module at the very beginning, and initiate connection through port 8123. After you've opened the login page, enter registration data in the form of the login and the password (by default, it's admin/admin) and click the “Enter” button.

Here you can see the panel of administration of the central Kickidler server. In a major organization there can be several servers, but there will always be only one central server, from which the settings are taken. Also here, in the left menu is the “Employees” section. I recommend creating the structure of your enterprise with the help of this function. It can be done according to Active Directory base or by organizing accounts manually. Everything depends solely on the architecture of the local network.

We won't look closely at all the settings. There are countless options here, especially when it comes to reports and filters of violations. The only thing that we should really pay attention to is the place where you adjust the period of storage of videos and frequency of shots. You go to the “Components and Coordination” tab, “Servers” section. Click the edit button and change the number of days, taking into account your storage abilities, which, I should probably remind you, depend on the storage volume of the server hard drive.

Well, I don't think we need to go into further configuration. Because, first of all, this report is general in nature, and second, there are countless materials on the official website of developers in their “For Clients” section, e.g. instructions for installation, the guide to working with any module and answers to frequently asked questions. In addition to that, you can always get consultation by messaging in an online chat or calling customer support at hotline phone number.

Final evaluation:

Ease of installation: 9 of 10

Functionality: 9 of 10

User experience: 10 of 10

Caleb Adams, Sales 23.04.2019

Kickidler is very easy to use and quite intuitive

Pros: The interface is very easy and user-friendly. It’s also quite easy to code applications and website as productive or unproductive. The program gives amazing, comprehensive picture of your employees’ productivity. The option of screenshots is helpful. We don’t use it to spy on our employees; it helps us determine errors when one of our programs is having trouble. Every interaction with the provider has been excellent, and the developers are always eager to help and take suggestions to improve their already great product. So once you purchase and install the software, you are not alone – there is always someone from the Kickidler’s support service that can help you.

Cons: It’s difficult to find fault with this system.

Robert Hughes, Telecommunication 19.04.2019

It’s a very detailed and proactive system that has helped us a lot

Pros: The software offers a very proactive and detailed monitoring platform. I have to be honest, it’s absolutely fantastic. We have used a lot of different monitoring systems, however, since we've started using Kickidler, we have no need to switch between different systems. Kickidler monitors everything.

Cons: I don’t think there are a lot of negative things I can say about Kickidler, really. Just a bit of advice for you, though – use a good connection.

Dan S, Security 15.04.2019

Amazing software with quite a number of features

Pros: Kickidler is a comprehensive monitoring software with insane functionality and customization. If you have quite a few of employees or if you want to introduce a monitoring program to help your company work more sufficiently, I honestly think Kickidler is your best bet.
Another thing I’d like to point out is the fact that the support team is definitely knowledgeable in regards to their product, and that’s something I really appreciate.
Summing it all up, the extensive customization, alert options and all the security features make it possible for me to recommend Kickidler to the employers that are looking to exercise control of the way their employees interact with company resources.

Cons: I’m not sure I can call it a setback, but all the functions of the software can make it a little complicated for the people who are new to this sort of monitoring.