Spyware VS. Spy Software – What is the Difference? 2024

By now, you have probably read news articles about spyware and how its plaguing internet users. Many times spy software is confused with spyware – this page will clear up the difference between the two.

At its most basic definition, spyware is software technology that gathers information about a computer user with or without their knowledge. Typically, this type of spyware is also known as adware. This software is often installed along with other software installations – it piggybacks onto your system – usually without you knowing at all. This software then reports back what websites you frequent, what your interests are, demographic information, and more to the creators of the spyware. This information is then sold to marketing companies and other interested parties. This is NOT what our spy software does.

Computer monitoring software, also known as Spy software, is used to monitor or record all activities occurring on a users computer. This software is installed directly by the user wanting to perform the monitoring – rather than hiding it on top of another software installation. Spy software can be loaded intentionally by the purchaser of the software, or from an attachment in an email. Our spy software can be configured to alert the user they are being monitored, or it can run totally Automatic to the user. Our spy software can record nearly every aspect of what a user does on their computer – but it is never reported to anyone else but the actual purchaser of the software.

Who Uses Spy Software?

Spy software is actively used by concerned parents, government offices, corporate networks, and educational institutions. Spy technology has helped countless businesses, educational institutions, parents put their mind at ease over how their computers are being used. With our spy software, all activities can be tracked to be used for incrimination in case a user abuses their computer privileges – or it can be used as a visible deterrent from performing inappropriate activities, if the software is configured to alert users they are being monitored.

How Could It Benefit You?

By now you might be wondering how spy software could work for you. Here are some possible scenarios that you might fall into.

Parental Control

As a parent, you always wonder about how your child uses the computer. With our software, you do not need to wonder anymore. All usage is logged: internet connections, websites visited, windows opened, emails, conversations, everything they typed, and so forth. Now you will be able to view and moderate your child’s computer usage. Our software also allows for content filtering to restrict your children from viewing inappropriate websites, applications, and more.

Business Administration

Spy software can be used for employee monitoring. It can make sure employees stay on task and do not abuse business machines and work time. Monitoring policies can be set in place to let employees know that they may be being watched.


With spy software running on school/institutional workstations, machine abuse and misuse is a thing of the past. Actions can be tracked down to individual users according to the time and date in which they happened and can be saved to convenient logs for incrimination.

Personal Control and File Backup

If privacy is a concern of yours, then our software can help. You can enable our software while you go away from the computer and all activities while your away are logged. Spy software can even be used to save documents that have been lost due to system crashes – if you have the keystroke monitoring enabled!

Absolutely. spyware is legal as long as the purchaser installs it on a computer they own themselves. If a purchaser installs the software on a computer they do not own then they may be violating state and federal laws. If you are worried about this, please consult the local and state laws.


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iKeyMonitor Team is a team of parental control experts with over 16 years of experience in parental control apps and phone tracking tools. Started in 2009, iKeyMonitor is now the most powerful monitoring and control application for parents.

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