Can TeamViewer Be Used To Spy On Employees?

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Are you a boss who wants to spy on your employees, or an employee who is curious to know whether their boss can keep an eye on them? No matter whether you are the boss or the employee, you must have a question in your mind whether TeamViewer can be used to spy on someone’s computer without them knowing? Keep reading the article and I shall answer all your questions related to TeamViewer and can it be used for spying purposes.

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What Is TeamViewer And How It Works?

TeamViewer is free software that anyone can download on their computer from the internet. The main use of the software is to have remote access to another computer. You need to install the software on both the computers i.e. your PC and the other device that you want to access remotely.

It is mainly used in office settings where you can access files from other computers without being present there. It is also used in tech support where the support executive accesses your computer and repairs it remotely.

So you might think that if someone can remotely access your computer using TeamViewer then they can easily spy on it as well. Well, it isn’t like that, let’s find out why.

Can TeamViewer Be Used To Spy On Someone?

TeamViewer cannot be used to spy on someone because it’s not hidden. Although someone can hide the app icon from your PC, they cannot hide it from the installed app list. So you can notice it installed on your computer. Whereas, real spy software is installed with a fake name and hidden icon so they are hard to detect.

To check if the TeamViewer is secretly installed on your computer you can go to Settings > Apps > Apps & features on your Windows PC.

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Spy software like Monivisor or pcTattletale can’t be found in the Apps & features settings. Even, if you find them they are installed with a fake generic name so you can’t distinguish if it is a spy app or some system application.

Apart from that, a spy app does not need your permission to access your data. Whereas on the other hand, the TeamViewer app can’t access your files and get remote access until they have your TeamViewer Id and password. So it’s literally not possible to spy on someone using the TeamViewer app.

Is There A Better Way To Spy On Your Employees Other Than TeamViewer

By now you must have known that TeamViewer is not a spy app. So if you are looking to snoop on someone’s computer without them knowing then it’s not possible without dedicated spyware like pcTattletale. Now you must be thinking that there are many spy apps for Windows available in the market then why did I only recommend pcTattletale, right?

I have already reviewed pcTattletale on this website and there also I have told you that it is the best way to spy on your employees because it can share the live screen of their computer without them knowing.

How pcTattletale Can Help You Track Your Employees?

Here is how you can expect the pcTattletale app to help you secretly monitor someone’s computer without their knowledge.

1. Activity Recording

pcTattletale can remotely record all the activities that the target person does on their computer. The good thing is that it records everything in video format. Unlike other spy apps that track activities in the form of screenshots and keyloggers which might not give you a very clear idea of what someone is doing on their screen. However, the screen recording provided by pcTattletale shows everything very clearly.

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2. Live View Of The Computer Screen

Not only can pcTattletale record someone’s computer screen, but it can also help you see what they are doing on it in real-time. This means you can remotely see the live recording of your employee’s computer screen without them knowing. All you need to do in order to see their activities in real-time is to click on the Live button on your dashboard. With this, the app will start streaming the live recording of the target computer screen. However, for this feature to work the computer that you want to monitor should be connected to the internet.

3. By Tracking Their Keystrokes

Apart from seeing what someone is doing, you can also see what someone has typed on their computer using pcTattletale. It tracks all the words the target person types on different browsers including the incognito tab. However, in my test, I found the keylogger only picks words that are typed on browsers and not anywhere else like Notepad, Word, etc.

Is TeamViewer Spyware?

TeamViewer can’t be termed as a spy app because it cannot monitor the target person without their permission. Moreover, if someone tries to spy on their employees using TeamViewer then they will get caught. It is because the TeamViewer application is not hidden like spyware.

If you really want to monitor your employee’s or someone else’s activity on their computer then you need to use spy software like pcTattletale. Such software is hidden and offers lots of advanced monitoring features which can help you effectively monitor someone without raising suspicion.


Can You Be Tracked On TeamViewer?

Yes, you can be tracked on TeamViewer but not without your consent.

How Do I Know If Someone Is Using TeamViewer On My Computer?

TeamViewer is not a hidden application so its icon can be seen on your desktop. If someone has hidden the icon then you can check the installed app list under settings.

Can TeamViewer Hear Me?

Yes, TeamViewer can listen to you if you give it permission to access your microphone.

About the Author

Ankit Prasad, an engineer driven by a passion for digital safety, founded SpyDrill to simplify cybersecurity. With a modest approach, Ankit shares insights on parental control and monitoring apps and effective protection measures. His aim is to empower users with practical knowledge, bridging the gap between technology and everyday understanding. An advocate for digital literacy, Ankit's commitment to demystifying cyber threats underscores his dedication to creating a safer online environment for all.

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