BackTrack
BackTrack
5.5

3.1

BackTrack free download for Mac

BackTrack5.5

05 February 2013

Logs all text typed into all applications.

Overview

Note: The developer has ceased development on this application.

BackTrack brings Mac users a new level of safety by logging all text (except passwords) that is typed onto all windows in all applications as well as a screenshot of the topmost window or desktop. The main advantage BackTrack has over other logging applications is BackTracks ability to log the window name that is in front while you are typing. BackTrack saves all its data to a fast-access SQLite database file. This file contains the application name, the window name, the date & time, and what you typed as well as past screenshot images.

Note: BackTrack is not compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks. We're working on it, but for now it will not work with Mavericks.

What's new in BackTrack

Version 5.5:
  • Ability to save the database to a new location
  • Open other database files (helpful if you're monitoring multiple users)
  • Easier to export data
  • Bug fixes

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How would you rate BackTrack app?

14 Reviews of BackTrack

3
Uncoy
17 January 2010
Version: 5.1.1

Most helpful

Nice concept. BackTrack is the only keylogger which actually separates your typing by document and keeps it cleaned up. Seems to work. It does install an exta MySQL lite database which runs constantly so you are looking at some overhead. But what I really object to and why I won't install or use BackTrack is that there is a daemon running constantly stealing processor cycles and pinging your whole network looking for other copies of BackTrack. Bill is effectively stealing your processor time in perpetuity. Not acceptable. What Bill is really after apparently is stopping people from running BackTrack on their own laptop and desktop at the same time. As many people, including me, have up to 3 Macs which are their own (although only two in the same place at any given time), per computer licensing is a bit annoying. I could live with a family pack but without the background checker. The pricing is right at $10. A real pity as I would buy BackTrack in a minute for my own computer and for the 5 Macs in my company if Bill would remove the processor and network stealing background processes. Bill, the pirates will always win (they beat Adobe everyday and Adobe is a lot better prepared for this war than you are). You should be worrying about the paying customers and not the pirates. Please let me know if and when you remove the spyware. My money is ready.
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Vagator
02 December 2015
Version: 5.5
This application is potential SPYWARE and is recommended by certain anti virus/malware companies to execute a thorough cleansing of your computer (Mac and Windows). Link:- https://www.sophos.com/en-us/threat-center/threat-analyses/adware-and-puas/BackTrack.aspx
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Dedalus271
24 August 2014
Version: 5.5
Hmmm … http://www.modesittsoftware.com/BackTrack/BackTrack_For_Mac/Main.html “Because BackTrack is NOT compatible with Mavericks (OS 10.9) operating system, BackTrack has been discontinued.”
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RogerKatz
30 March 2014
Version: 5.5
VirusBarrier warned me that it was Malware, and repaired it by deleting it.
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anonymous-tapir-4715
05 June 2012
Version: 5.4.2
Hey, you tangle with Modesitt at your peril. I bought a copy of another app of theirs at Kagi, just before they updated and moved it to the App Store ... Reply #1 from Modesitt: What do you want me to do about it? Actually, I think that was the gist of reply #2 and #3 as well—and then there were no more. Cold day in hell, indeed.
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Mac Downgrade
19 April 2012
Version: 5.4.1
On my MacPro BackTrack is a CPU hog. After some time of use the Windows Server process takes all CPU cores at 99% and the whole system becomes unresponsive and slows down to a crawl. If I am luck enough to open the process manager and kill the BackTrackBA process, everything is fine again.
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3.5
Habermana
27 October 2011
Version: 5.4
Love its back-tracking function. It is better that if it can record passwords too.
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2.5
Leoofborg
06 September 2011
Version: 5.4
Backtrack is a REALLY useful keylogger (it also captures images, but I don't use it for that). It does catch the 'un-versionable' in Lion: comments, typed tweets from Twitter.app, etc. Despite the somewhat clunky UI it's very usable. I was able to find texts from hours before that would not have been saved. All in all it's a better solution than the free logkext that I had (occasionally) been using. I haven't run into any memory problems or slowdowns yet. EXCEPT for.. read on. BacktrackBA takes about 40 megs of Ram, and runs in 64-bit. It HAS to run in the background.. else how would it capture your keystrokes? Even in typed comments in twitter or some web form? That's not the beef I have with the dev. This is- Backtrack's demo mode it is REALLY obnoxious, and in some cases may even wedge your machine as it did with me on Lion. Let me explain: Every 15 minutes the dev will throw a nuisance dialog to try and get you to register your machine. Fine. Throw the dialog. But then the author overrides your 'Text to Speech' settings and your machine will try to use the default system voice & announce 'Excuse me, Backtrack needs your attention'. BIG NO-NO. Every 15 minutes. The first time this happened, while I had a number of things open, and I had my system voice set to japanese but OFF. Guess what? My machine froze while Backtrack tried to do the English dialog in Japanese. I have since switched back to English, so now every 15 minutes when the menu item is on it blares in English. Even tho' I have TTS set to OFF. In another case, by the 3rd or so nuisance dialog the demo can't invoke the system voice, so your Lion machine may freeze. I had this happen WHILE I was writing this review! Fans on, total freeze. I had to ssh into my own MacBook Pro and kill things from the Terminal. This is TOTALLY unforgivable. So while I find Backtrack very useful, the Dev's obnoxious 'per machine' licensing plus this obnoxious Demo 'feature' left a bad taste in my mouth. The Dev should DEFINITELY not be using TTS against the users' wishes, and I told him this in email. I'll leave it to everyone else as to whether it's worth the grief. The features are great. The Dev's licensing terms and demo? He almost lost a sale (while I typed this up, 15 minutes went by: *BEEP* 'Excuse me, Backtrack needs your attention').. if I hadn't already got it via MacZot, I'd probably be trashing it right now. It's THAT obnoxious. 3-4 stars for the features (I'm sure this rating will go up after I lose some typing) 1-2 stars for probably the most obnoxious demo I've ever had to endure. I say this as someone who works in software.
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Uncoy
17 January 2010
Version: 5.1.1
Nice concept. BackTrack is the only keylogger which actually separates your typing by document and keeps it cleaned up. Seems to work. It does install an exta MySQL lite database which runs constantly so you are looking at some overhead. But what I really object to and why I won't install or use BackTrack is that there is a daemon running constantly stealing processor cycles and pinging your whole network looking for other copies of BackTrack. Bill is effectively stealing your processor time in perpetuity. Not acceptable. What Bill is really after apparently is stopping people from running BackTrack on their own laptop and desktop at the same time. As many people, including me, have up to 3 Macs which are their own (although only two in the same place at any given time), per computer licensing is a bit annoying. I could live with a family pack but without the background checker. The pricing is right at $10. A real pity as I would buy BackTrack in a minute for my own computer and for the 5 Macs in my company if Bill would remove the processor and network stealing background processes. Bill, the pirates will always win (they beat Adobe everyday and Adobe is a lot better prepared for this war than you are). You should be worrying about the paying customers and not the pirates. Please let me know if and when you remove the spyware. My money is ready.
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Nighthawk090
19 October 2009
Version: 5.1
Version 5.1, when installed this version app window will open; however, when you click "quit" in window to minimize app it quits, relaunch and same thing occurs...restart, same thing. Using Mac Leopard 10.5....
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5
Cruzdrew
24 March 2008
Version: 4.0.3
Thank you so much for the update!!! Works really nice, and is like out of the way, makes it way easy to use.
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4
Seika7
29 December 2007
Version: 4.0.2
Excellent software! Thank you so much for splitting it into a background app and an access app!
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Anonymous
18 October 2005
Version: 2.2.2
Been using previous version for quite some time, and I find this software invaluable as a reliable "backup" recorder of what I've written. A true life-saver more than once. It's one of those things that "does nothing" until you need it... and then it has what you need. When I encountered some issues with the new version, the developer responded very quickly and stayed in touch until the problem was solved (with v. 2.2.2). Most responsive (and helpful) shareware developer I've ever dealt with. Thanks for BackTrack!
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4.75
Anonymous
01 March 2005
Version: 1.3
Five stars, Joe Bob says Check it out. Saved this writer's bacon, especially as I have a bad habit of blogging in the browser window.
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4.5
Anonymous
29 August 2004
Version: 1.1
this is from my vt review; this really is a great little app, does exactly what I need it to do, and the price is spot on. Super easy to configure, and once you've done that, just leave it alone. Saved three hours of work this week alone - one of the very very rare times an os x app went south on me (appleworks, no less) and this came along and saved - okay, not my bacon, but my evening. Well worth the money. I want to comment on the support as well. After using the first version for an hour or two, I wrote to the author to suggest making the destination user-configurable. I got a reply in something insane like 20 mins, and there was a new version the next day. can't praise it enough. Just written to him again with a couple more suggestions, and it seems they'll be in an imminent release too. Wish all developers were like this, especially those that charge a lot more.
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