Spying or safety measure? TimeSnapper does both.

If you have children who browse the Internet daily, I’m sure you impose some type of restrictions upon their computer usage. Kids are very good at ending up in places they should not be and excel at installing spyware and viruses on your beloved system.

As parents, it is our obligation to monitor their activities on the Web, and even if we can’t look at everything they do all the time, we should at least check their browsing history once in a while. Having a resident program take a few screenshots periodically might also be a good idea, and that’s why you will want to take a look at TimeSnapper, a small application that automatically captures (at customizable intervals) screenshots of what is displayed on your computer’s screen.

Here are a few of its features:

  • Screenshot intervals are completely customizable
  • JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, EMF and WMF formats are supported
  • Customizable screenshot resolution
  • Archive mode allows you to keep pictures for a certain number of days or set a maximum space allowance

When you are done capturing what your kids (or spouse!) was doing on the Web, the software lets you play back all screenshots taken in chronological order.

All in all, TimeSnapper is a very useful little tool that could be used for good or for bad, so use it judiciously. Also, don’t forget that the application’s icon sits in the taskbar’s tray, so you might want to hide it if you’re dealing with someone who knows his way around Windows.

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13 Responses to Spying or safety measure? TimeSnapper does both.

  1. I’m glad my parents don’t know jack about computers. I used to do the math to figure out what year I had to be born to be 13 so I could register on websites when I was 9. I’ve pretty much always talked to random people online, and I’ve made lots of friends that way. I’ve met some of them in person, but since I’m not stupid that means in public places and usually with someone I know (ex: XKCD meetup & Ubucon with my friend Nick). As far as I’m concerned, as long as you’re not completely stupid (giving your full address, meeting internet people IRL without backup), you’re gonna be fine.

  2. I'm glad my parents don't know jack about computers. I used to do the math to figure out what year I had to be born to be 13 so I could register on websites when I was 9. I've pretty much always talked to random people online, and I've made lots of friends that way. I've met some of them in person, but since I'm not stupid that means in public places and usually with someone I know (ex: XKCD meetup & Ubucon with my friend Nick). As far as I'm concerned, as long as you're not completely stupid (giving your full address, meeting internet people IRL without backup), you're gonna be fine.

  3. Wow the previous comment was scary. I’m a father of three kids under 7 and they aren’t even allowed to touch my laptop. After what I just read I better start teaching them earlier than I planned…

    • I didn’t start meeting people from the internet until I was 18, and then it was mostly in the form of “I see an announcement for the Linux Users Group | LinuxChix chapter | Ubuntu Group having a meeting. I think I’ll go.” I don’t see how that’s any different than seeing a flier for a concert and going to the concert. The ones where I went out of town to go to meetups were both, as I said, with one of my guy friends there.

  4. Wow the previous comment was scary. I'm a father of three kids under 7 and they aren't even allowed to touch my laptop. After what I just read I better start teaching them earlier than I planned…

    • I didn't start meeting people from the internet until I was 18, and then it was mostly in the form of "I see an announcement for the Linux Users Group | LinuxChix chapter | Ubuntu Group having a meeting. I think I'll go." I don't see how that's any different than seeing a flier for a concert and going to the concert. The ones where I went out of town to go to meetups were both, as I said, with one of my guy friends there.

  5. There is a program of simple but well that captures with the webcam

    existe algun programa asi de sensillo pero que capture con la webcam

  6. There is a program of simple but well that captures with the webcam

    existe algun programa asi de sensillo pero que capture con la webcam

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