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SentryPC Review

Skye Schooley
Skye Schooley
  • SentryPC offers six affordable cloud-based plans. Each plan comprises an annual base fee plus an additional fee if you want to add more licenses.
  • SentryPC can track portable drive usage, print jobs, clipboard and file activity, website and application usage, employee hours and locations.
  • SentryPC has customizable reporting features and real-time alerts.
  • This review is for small business owners who are considering buying SentryPC for their employee monitoring software.

SentryPC is the best employee monitoring software for small businesses on a budget because it's affordable, easily scalable, and you're not bound by user minimums. It offers six cloud-based plans, with annual subscription rates that many small businesses find manageable. The software is easy to use, and its features include content filtering and blocking, website and application monitoring, time and activity tracking, and keystroke logging.

SentryPC

SentryPC

The Verdict

SentryPC is the most affordable employee monitoring solution. It has six cloud-based plans, low per-user rates and screenshot add-on capabilities. It tracks which websites and apps access, it filters content and detects portable drives.

SentryPC

Cost 2.0/2.0
Features 1.7/2.0
Compatible OS 1.6/2.0
Usability 1.8/2.0
Customer support 1.4/2.0
Editor's score 8.5/10


SentryPC Pricing and Terms

Although many good employee monitoring software applications have seemingly affordable rates of $10 per user per month, many plans require that you have a certain minimum number of users, which drives up the total cost. For a small business with few employees, it can be difficult to find the right monitoring software for your small team. SentryPC solves that problem by eliminating user minimums; small businesses can purchase a single license for a flat annual rate. Each additional license is steeply discounted from the initial rate, making it a scalable solution that won't cut too deeply into a small business's budget

Here's what you will pay with SentryPC's six plans:

  • Basic Plan: $59.95 per year covers one license and storage for up to 500 screenshots. Each additional license costs $19.95 per year.
  • Business 50 Plan: For $995 per year, you get 50 licenses and storage for up to 500 screenshots. Each additional license costs $19.90 per year.
  • Business 100 Plan: For $1,595 per year, SentryPC gives you 100 licenses and storage for up to 1,000 screenshots. Each additional license costs $15.95 per year.
  • Business 250 Plan: This plan costs $2,995 per year for 250 licenses and storage for up to 1,000 screenshots. Each additional license drops down to $11.98 per year.
  • Business 500 Plan: For $3,995 per year, you get 500 licenses and storage for up to 2,000 screenshots. Each additional license costs $7.99 per year.
  • Business 1,000 Plan: This plan costs $4,995 per year for 1,000 licenses and storage for up to 2,000 screenshots. Each additional license costs $4.99 per year.
  • Additional screenshots: With any SentryPC plan, you can add extra screenshots in increments of 500 for a one-time fee of $19.95. Users have access to the extra screenshot capabilities for the entirety of their subscription.  

Key TakeawayKey takeaway: SentryPC plans start as low as $59.95 per year for one license. As you add more licenses, the cost per license decreases.

SentryPC Features

SentryPC offers a host of valuable tools and features for monitoring employee behavior and activity, such as recording an employee's internet browsing history and live chat sessions, tracking transferred files, and noting the physical location of monitored devices. 

Here's more about SentryPC's monitoring tools:

  • Time tracking: Managers can track employee hours, designate an employee's schedule, and set maximum work limits to avoid employees from working overtime. You can set alerts to trigger when an employee is nearing their weekly maximum time.

  • Sessions: This tool tracks active and idle time, showing just how engaged a user is. Each session is logged with a username and time stamp, so you can easily see who the top performers are and who may need extra assistance.
SentryPC tracks user sessions, complete with data on active and idle time.
  • Websites: Any websites a user visits on a monitored device are tracked by username and device. The software records the date and time that the site was accessed and how long the employee stayed on the website.
  • Applications: You can monitor which applications a user accesses and at what time. This allows you to monitor which software is frequently used and determine if it is work-related.
  • Chats: Admins can view any chats the user has engaged in, along with a time stamp, the sender, which application was used and a transcript of the conversation.

  • Clipboards: Admins can see any material copied to the clipboard, along with a time stamp.

  • Files: Admins can see when files are created, deleted, copied, printed or renamed, along with a corresponding time stamp.

  • Portable drives: The software tracks whether portable drives, like USB drives, are inserted into a monitored device.

  • Print jobs: When a user prints an item, SentryPC logs the complete pathway, including file name and time stamp.
  • Screenshots: Admins can access screenshots from any monitored device, storing up to 500 screenshots in the archive. Each screenshot is time stamped and can be sorted by both user and device. 
You can view screenshots of employees' activity.
  • Keystrokes: This tool logs and displays a user's keystrokes, noting the program, the time, and a transcript of what was written. For example, if a user writes down a phone number in a Word document, administrators see what keystrokes occurred.
  • Locations (IP): The IP-tracking tool logs the latitude and longitude of your users' devices, identifying the city they are in and giving you the option of viewing the location on a map. This helps you verify that employees are where they're supposed to be during work hours. It can also help you track down the computer if it's lost or stolen.
  • Content filtering and blocking: Admins can block applications, games, instant messaging apps, keywords and phrases, and websites by category and user-defined URLs. You can set blanket settings and rules for groups of employees, or you can set unique restrictions for each user. If a user tries to access something that goes against your preset rules, it will trigger the system and create a new alert in your log.
SentryPC allows you to filter and block content.
  • Alerts: Real-time alerts notify admins of misbehavior. If the designated admin doesn't see the alert until well after it is triggered, SentryPC thoroughly documents the incident, using screenshots for easy review after the fact.
SentryPC has a notification queue for admins to view specific alerts.

Key TakeawayKey takeaway: SentryPC tracks user activity, employee work hours, website and application usage, portable devices, print jobs, chats, files, clipboards, and keystrokes. It has alerts, screenshots and content-blocking capabilities too.

SentryPC Pros

SentryPC is an easy-to-use monitoring solution that excels in areas like reporting, time management and accessibility.

Reporting Capabilities

SentryPC offers several useful reporting features, including a breakdown of all the top alerts, which allows admins to review general user activity, as well as more specific activity, such as the most frequently used applications or chat tools. Reports can be customized so you receive only the data that's most important to you. SentryPC provides status reports that monitor the health of all the computers that are licensed and synced with the software.

You can view charts by user, device and activity type.

Time-Management Tools

Time-management tools allow administrators to set a maximum number of hours an employee should work on a daily and weekly basis, making SentryPC a safeguard or backup to your company's time and attendance tools to ensure employees don't work overtime. Admins can also set an alert period. For example, they can create an automatic alert a half-hour before an employee hits their time limit. Settings for each user can be configured differently, which is especially useful when managing freelancer budgets and remote workers in different time zones. 

Installation and Access

SentryPC is cloud-based, so you can access your account from any device with a browser. It has an attractive, intuitive dashboard with a menu bar displayed along the left side of the screen that makes it easy to set up your monitoring parameters and view employee activity. 

You can manually install SentryPC on company computers, or you can install it remotely via email, or using LAN/network shares or logon scripts, which makes it a viable option for small businesses with remote employees. 

SentryPC tracks user activity, employee work hours, website and application usage, portable devices, print jobs, chats, files, clipboards, and keystrokes. It has alerts, screenshots and content-blocking capabilities, too.

Key TakeawayKey takeaway: SentryPC is a cloud-based platform with configurable time-management tools, extensive monitoring and reporting features, and multiple installation options.

SentryPC Cons

For an inexpensive employee monitoring software, SentryPC delivers a high level of functionality; however, it lacks mobile-tracking capabilities. The software cannot be used to track employees' mobile device usage. This is only a limitation if you need tracking software specifically for mobile monitoring. Keep in mind, you can use the software on mobile devices to view the activity and logs of other tracked Mac or Windows devices.  

Customer Support

SentryPC hosts an integrated support section with documentation to assist you with installing the program, troubleshooting or learning more about how the software works. You can reach SentryPC customer support through an online ticketing system.

 


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SentryPC

SentryPC

The Verdict

SentryPC is the most affordable employee monitoring solution. It has six cloud-based plans, low per-user rates and screenshot add-on capabilities. It tracks which websites and apps access, it filters content and detects portable drives.

Skye Schooley
Skye Schooley
Business News Daily Staff
Skye Schooley is a staff writer at business.com and Business News Daily, where she has written more than 200 articles on B2B-focused topics including human resources operations, management leadership, and business technology. In addition to researching and analyzing products that help business owners launch and grow their business, Skye writes on topics aimed at building better professional culture, like protecting employee privacy, managing human capital, improving communication, and fostering workplace diversity and culture.