The short answer – the screen.
The long answer – when Covenant Eyes is installed on a computer, phone, or tablet, it captures screenshots at least once per minute, though slightly randomized. It doesn’t matter if the image on the screen comes from YouTube, from storage on the hard drive, or from an auxiliary device like a portable drive.
In the past, our service would capture web addresses. Today, the Screen Accountability service does exactly what its name implies – it is providing accountability for what appears on the screen.
Our program will also collect information about the screenshot – what time the image was taken, and what was the name/title of the window that was open at that time.
On Windows and Mac computers, we monitor the whole device. If someone switches from a browser like Chrome over to Safari, the screenshots will still be taken. If someone plugs in a DVD player, random screenshots will be taken.
On Android™ phones and tablets the same thing occurs. Screenshots are taken at least once per minute and it doesn’t matter which app is open.
On iPhones® and iPads® we monitor top-level domains accessed across the entire device, it doesn’t matter which app is open. But, in compliance with Apple’s guidelines, we can only take screenshots inside the Covenant Eyes app. So, while we can “see” the whole device, we can’t take pictures of everything.
Does Covenant Eyes monitor Incognito Mode/Private Browsing?
Accountability is not turned off when someone uses Private Browsing. Our technology does not rely on browsing history. On computers, our software will still take screenshots when Private Browsing is being used. On Android devices, our app will detect the use of Private Browsing and note it in the next report as Unmonitored Screen Activity. For additional details, see Does Covenant Eyes monitor Incognito Mode/Private Browsing?
What Covenant Eyes does not monitor
Covenant Eyes is not a “keylogger.” It does not capture the keystrokes you enter. The software does not focus on what a user types into a text message or an email.
Covenant Eyes is not a key word detector. While some programs alert a parent when their child’s social media activity contains explicit words or bullying, Covenant Eyes does not do that.
How does Covenant Eyes protect my privacy?
This question was answered well in a blog post that dealt with that exact question. Additional information about the blurring, sending, and storing images may be found in our article about HIPAA and Screen Accountability.