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Free Keylogger for Mac by HeavenWard seems like a great idea that, unfortunately, wasn’t properly executed. When you read the description from the developers, you expect to get a good and reliable keylogger that successfully logs all keystrokes typed on a Mac computer while being entirely invisible to the users. The reality, however, is quite different.
Let’s start with the positive aspects and say that Free Keylogger for Mac is fairly simple and has a user-friendly interface that shouldn’t give you any particular trouble to figure out. Also, it is safe to use in terms of being created by a trusted manufacturer. Unfortunately, other than that, this keylogger for Mac falls short of our expectations.
During the testing period, some issues with this software become immediately obvious – and they are pretty major, too. The first thing you will notice is that that app shows in the Application folder and is impossible to hide. And even though Free Keylogger for Mac is described as an invisible keylogging software, we have found that it is impossible to hide in the free version. This means that the users will be aware that their activities are being recorded and the only way around it is by paying for a pro version.
But that is not the biggest issue we encountered with this software. The biggest problem here is the fact that the logging abilities are not nearly as good as we expected and the recorded keystrokes are not always displayed properly. What that means is that some words will be unreadable as a result of jumbled letters.
Sometimes, on the other hand, everything will be working just fine – until it doesn’t. Unfortunately, this makes Free Keylogger for Mac unreliable and you can never be sure whether or not the logs will be accurate and complete. This issue seems to be solved in the Pro version, but the Free version of this app definitely doesn’t serve its purpose and since it is a keylogger that has poor keylogging abilities, the whole system seems kind of pointless.
However, when it actually does capture the keystrokes, the positive side is that is captures everything typed in all Mac applications and web pages. And even though the app is visible to all users, it is password protected which means that only the admin will be able to actually access the interface and configure it. On top of that, all logs can be delivered to you via email at intervals you select and you will be able to open the zipped log files only with your password.
So what is the verdict? Since it costs you nothing to try the free version of this software, you might as well give it a go. It is not the best free keylogger you can find, but it is not the worst one either. If you don’t mind the fact that other users will be aware that their activities are being monitored and if you can cope with the possibility that the logs won’t be accurate 100% of the time, you can give it a try and see how well it fits your needs.