US small businesses turn to digital tools to monitor staff's desktops


MERIAL Currer runs Patriot Scuba, an Occoquan, Virginia, shop that takes adventurous Washingtonians diving in one of two quarries within a short drive of the district. Two years ago, her son Will, an army employee who studied cybersecurity in college, told her about ActivTrak, a new software that would allow her to monitor her employees' desktops, and she thought it would be a nice way to manage the office when she was away.

Ms Currer has told her four full-time employees that she monitors their computers, and they don't seem to mind - she says she has not received pushback and mainly considers her use of the software a precaution to ensure that her workers, many of whom interact with...

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