TickStream.Activity (Activity) is software that reports on all relevant activity happening on a Microsoft Windows computer, tablet or virtual machine (collectively referred to as “PC” below), WITHOUT capturing content or passing judgment, providing a better way to account for actions and events that happened on that PC.

Activity is a trustworthy, comprehensive and authoritative information source which documents all user-related activity that occurs on a PC. This base of knowledge regarding usage can serve several very helpful purposes:

  1. To document what app ran at what time, for how long and with what level of user involvement (“intensity” — hence the name of the company)
  2. To detect and Report on the execution of a new app (One of Edward Snowden’s exploits involved running a spidering tool to locate material of interest to him), whether the app is installed intentionally or unintentionally (malware), Activity facilitates invoking a Host’s security corrective actions
  3. To serve as an app-based, time-slicing, data source to guide the collection of metrics for other IA products, particularly CV; and
  4. To help determine whether paying for expensive software to reside on any particular machine is “worth it” (to avoid the needlessly costly problem of “VanityWare”).

How it Works

Activity is a particularly valuable resource in combating cybersecurity trespasses since it provides an independent, non-user-modifiable, record of significant details about which processes, both foreground and background, executed on a PC. Activity produces five thin streams, and one thick stream of CSV-formatted data which can run either immediately in Excel, or else in IA-provided Reports. It also records mouse movements, screen sizes, Windows title bar text (to identify the app) and a large amount of PC situational data such as IP address, MAC address, hardware capabilities and many more such parameters.

Activity never looks at content, nor does it penetrate apps. Just a few examples of this respect for privacy: it will record that you were in MS Word, but not what you typed; it will show the screen dimensions of what you watched on the Internet, but not the URL, and it will note that you were in Outlook, but not whether you were reading or writing e-mails (which actions, of course, can be inferred, since it records keystroke counts and timings, but NOT the characters).

Activity “plays fair.” It advises users that it is running, and provides a way for them to see their own activity timelines.