We are NOT legal experts! This IS a complicated topic.
Whether something is legal or not, is often determined by ever-changing case law. It might help you to think of the use of keyloggers as comparable to wire-tapping. It concerns the complicated concepts of a person’s right to, or expectation of, privacy which might be infringned by a keylogger. Of course, it is your location, the legal jurisdiction, will be what determines the final answer.
Generally, if you are monitoring children who are under 18, that should be ok. Then, further considerations could be made in the light of whether the matter is likely to become subject of legal scrutiny.
If you decide that you have good reason to choose to take the route of using a keylogger, there are lot of choices. These include free items. But the decision regarding if it is legal must lie with you and your own knowledge of your own particular situation.
PROS: Free (of course, all keyloggers listed here are).Works well.
CONS:Requires close attention to setup. May be discontinued.
PROS: 100% undetectable stealth mode. Reasonably good client dashboard. Can take screen shots.
CONS: Monitoring is only from a web account. Needs the paid option to log instant messaging apps and social network accounts. Windows only.
PROS: Good range of logging capabilities. Location tracking, and voice recording are useful bonuses. Works with Mac, Windows, iOS and Android.
CONS:Limited options. Basic, unattractive user interface.
PROS: Works in stealth. Easier than some others to use. Good range of logging.
CONS: Free (of course, all keyloggers listed here are). Works well.
PROS: Monitors a wide range of communications. Reports can be sent a pre-determined regularity to a phone, Dropbox or via email. Gains mostly positive reviews.
CONS: Only works on Windows PCs. Full stealth mode only a available for the paid ‘Pro’ version. Gets a few very poor reviews.
PROS: Simple user interface which seems easy to work with. Makes low demands on system resources.
CONS: You need to upgrade to the ‘Professional’ paid version to gain full facility. Email notifications do not always seem to work for all users.
PROS: Does not require great expertise to set up. A ‘live’ option to review what is happening with the target phone in real time.
CONS: Software is one of the offerings from Triple G, who only offer downloads from cnet and Tucows and the like. The high level of automation might become intrusive.
PROS: The report is a simple text file, and this might be considered an advantage by some. No temptation of a paid, full version.
CONS: It does not inspire total confidence when the publisher only offers downloads through 3rd party sites. Very basic in every respect. Might be detected as a virus and prevented from operating.
PROS: A strong list of options. Password protected. A scheduler for recordings will help limit overload.
CONS: The limited number of downloads and reviews do not promote full confidence.
It is NOT free. It IS a NEW entry in this field. SpyMyFone is from the very well established and very credible Wondershare publishers. SpyMyFone is fighting very hard to offer a unique, easy and fully comprehensive, keylogger. It seems to be succeeding and is becoming a big hit in this somewhat crowded market.How to Use SpyMyFone to track keyloggers on a target android phone?