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How to monitor instant message activity with Capsa?

June 29th, 2010 No comments

The latest released Capsa Network Analyzer 7.2 supports monitoring instant message activity, which not only gives us real time monitoring, but also auto-saving instant messages details to local disk. Whether a parent who has teenager kid, monitoring his teenager kids’ online activities like whom are they chatting with, what they are talking about are of great importance to make sure the kids are safe and will not be misled. Or a company policy requires taking some measures to guarantee the employees’ working efficiency, one of the measures is to find out who is chatting on MSN or Yahoo Messenger about some non-working stuffs. This article is to talk about how to monitor instant message activities with Capsa 7.2 as well as save the messages to local disk.

To monitor instant messages, we need first to enable the IM analysis modules in the analysis profiles, because none of them are enabled by double-clicking an analysis profile to change the profile settings.
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If we’d like to create a new analysis profile only used to monitor IM messages. Right-click anywhere in this section, and choose New from the context menu and only enable the MSN and Yahoo analysis modules.
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Then click Next and then OK to finish the settings. Now click the big run button to start a capture.

When the main program is initiated and we go to the Log tab which holds the IM monitor results. In this tab, we’ll see two IM logs, MSN log and Yahoo log, including the time, sender’s account and the receiver’s account.

Not only can Capsa monitor all IM activities in our network segment, but also save these records to a csv file. Click the Export icon, and give the file a name. We can open the csv file with Excel to make a deeper analysis.
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Someone may ask what if we are not around, is Capsa able to auto save the messages down to a file? Sure it is. Click the Log Settings icon, and click the Save Log File button. A new dialog box appears. Check Save to disk. There are two ways to save logs: save to a Single File and save to Multiple Files. For example, we enter the prefix for their name. And then decide how to split logs, say we split by everyone day. If we just want to save the latest files, we should check this and enter a number, say 30. We can read that we save everyday’s messages into a file, and just keep the latest 30. We’ll get the messages of the past 30 days. Now, any message goes from or to your network will be logged into a log file.
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This is how Capsa monitors instant message activity and auto-saving the content to local disk. Hope it helps. And we have a video tuterial at our official site.

How to Monitor MSN Chat with Free Unipeek MSN Monitor

June 5th, 2009 8 comments

For some purposes we want to monitor MSN chat around the network, for example, parents want to monitor MSN chat of their kids to ensure their safety; bosses want to monitor MSN chat of employees for company assets security and to improve work efficiency by minimizing none-business chat during working hours. You may still remember Colasoft MSN Monitor, now it is called Unipeek MSN Monitor and it is distributed completely Free for none commercial users.

Now let’s see how we can monitor MSN chat with Unipeek MSN Monitor, the free tool.

Step1. Download Unipeek MSN Monitor

Download Unipeek MSN Monitor, the free edition; from the website. As a matter of fact there is no function difference between Unipeek MSN Monitor the free edition and the commercial edition. The only difference is Unipeek MSN Monitor Free Edition only supports 10 MSN accounts maximum, but quite enough for family users.

Step2. Install and Deploy Unipeek MSN Monitor

The installation is quick and simple, just click “next” all the way to complete the installation. But the deployment is somewhat different. As Unipeek MSN Monitor is designed based on Colasoft’s packet capturing technology, so it has to be deployed properly like a packet sniffer if you want to monitor all MSN chat around the network. Of course, you don’t have to do it if you only want to monitor MSN chat of a single computer. To monitor multiple computers, you can install multiple copies.

How to Monitor MSN Chat Screenshot 1

How to Monitor MSN Chat Screenshot 1

Setp3. Run it and Start Monitor MSN Chat

After proper installation and deployment, we can start monitoring MSN chat right away.

How to Monitor MSN Chat Screenshot 2

How to Monitor MSN Chat Screenshot 2

About Unipeek MSN Monitor
Unipeek MSN Monitor (MSN sniffer) is Free MSN monitoring software for MSN chat monitoring and MSN message archiving. Based on Colasoft’s packet analysis technology, Unipeek MSN Monitor is able to deliver the most accurate MSN monitoring statistics, and automatically record data for future reference. You need only install Unipeek MSN Monitor once to monitor all MSN chats over the local network.

Key Features include:
•    Real-time and 24/7 MSN chat monitoring
•    Automatically archive MSN messages for future reference
•    Export messages of a custom time range
•    Customize MSN account list to be monitored
•    Unique Conversation Matrix showing account relations
•    Support emotion icons, message font size and color.

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