Are you currently working from your home, apartment, or condo? If yes, then you better be careful since there's a chance that your boss is spying on you during working hours.

Working from home is a great option, especially since there is an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It allows you to use and take breaks throughout the day to run errands, take a nap, and do some laundry.

Be Careful! Your Boss Could be Secretly Spying You While You Work From Home-- How Can They Do It?
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Matakana Cinema owner Dan Paine works on his laptop in the cinema foyer in preparation for re-opening next week on May 22, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. Matakana Cinema will re-open on May 28 with the three cinemas operating at a reduced capacity in Covid-19 level two to allow for social distancing between seats and in the foyer. Matakana Cinema has updated their online booking system to include contact tracing, automatic seat spacing between groups and a more contactless option for patrons during their cinema experience. The easing of COVID-19 Alert Level 2 restrictions on business, gatherings and travel were eased in three stages across New Zealand starting from 14 May 2020.

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However, this also forced some companies to use tools that can track their employees since they sensed that managing a workforce outside of the office, and not under their watchful eyes, is quite hard. Some tools online can be used to track employees during their working hours.

What is Hubstaff?

One of these is the software is called Hubstaff, which can be installed on laptops or desktop computers of the remote worker. The office bosses can use it to log in onto the employees' computers and see how long they are working.

Be Careful! Your Boss Could be Secretly Spying You While You Work From Home-- How Can They Do It?
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UNLV junior student Kristina Eichblatt works on a laptop in a courtyard on campus before attending a class at UNLV amid the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on September 9, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. To lower the number of people on campus to allow for social distancing because of the pandemic, the university moved fall 2020 courses with more than 50 students, about 80 percent of its classes, to remote instruction, with 20 percent of courses held in-person or hybrid. UNLV is only using large classrooms with spaced out seating and under 50 percent capacity for in-person classes, which are now staggered to reduce density on the campus.

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It can also track them if they're talking to many breaks or just wasting their time watching videos, visiting social media, or websites unrelated to their work.  The software can also track the apps you've used or the websites you've visited. A Hubstaff "how-to" video showed that an employee was tracked, stating that the individual worked a total of 30 minutes between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, as well as spending some of the remaining time on social media.

What is Time Doctor?

On the other hand, Time Doctor is a similar software. However, unlike Hubstaff, it restricts employers or bosses from spying or tracking their employees without their knowledge. But, if the worker uses a company-issued laptop or computer, the software will then allow the bosses to track their employees, even without their permission.

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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.

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