Welcome back to Top 5 Tuesdays. Today we will be taking a look at Internet filtering and accountability software for computer
and mobile applications, including Mac, iPhone/iPad/iPod, PC, Android, and Blackberry devices.
There is much to consider once you have decided to take the step to secure your Internet capable devices, including filtering strength; parental control options; accountability options; and cost. This is just barely breaching the surface…
Let’s begin with some definitions. Internet filtering software is designed to limit access to content available online, including pornography, violence, language, and other material deemed questionable.
Internet accountability software is designed to keep you accountable for your online activity by sending email alerts to people of your choosing should you access material you have previously deemed questionable. They are then able to follow up with you if required.
So, without further adieu, here are the Top 5 from my perspective:
1. Covenant Eyes (www.covenanteyes.com) – Computer and Mobile applications for Mac, PC, Android, iPhone/iPad/iPod. NO BLACKBERRY SOLUTION.
Cost: Computer – accountability & filtering ($10.49/month = $125.88/year) – any computer.
Mobile – free with subscription to computer software.
2. X3watch (www.x3watch.com) – Computer and Mobile applications for Mac, PC, Android, iPhone/iPad/iPod. NO BLACKBERRY SOLUTION.
Cost: Computer – accountability and filtering software lite = FREE; Pro ($7/month = $84/year) – up to 10 computers.
Mobile – $6.99 app purchase
3. K9 Web Protection (www1.k9webprotection.com) – Computer and Mobile applications for Mac, PC, Android, iPhone/iPad/iPod. NO BLACKBERRY SOLUTION.
Cost: Filtering software. FREE to all applications.
4. NetNanny (www.netnanny.com) – Computer and Mobile applications for Mac, PC, and Android. NO iPhone/iPad/iPad SOLUTION. Used to provide Blackberry solution – BLACKBERRY SOLUTION DISCONTINUED.
Cost: Computer – filtering software $39.99/year/computer; Family Pack (3 computers) = $59.98/year
Mobile (Android only) – $19.99/year/device; $29.98/year (3 devices)
5. Mcafee Safe Eyes 6 (www.internetsafety.com/safeeyes) – Computer and Mobile applications for Mac, PC, and iPhone/iPad/iPod. NO SOLUTION FOR ANDROID OR BLACKBERRY.
Cost: Computer – filtering software $49.95/year (up to 3 computers, Mac or PC)
Mobile – iPhone/iPad/iPod – $14.99 app purchase
You may have noticed the theme of NO SOLUTION FOR BLACKBERRY. It may be hard to believe, but there are currently no dependable solutions to filter/monitor/provide accountability for browsing on a Blackberry mobile device. As a result, I would never recommend providing a Blackberry mobile device to your children, nor would I suggest anyone struggling with pornography purchase/use a Blackberry. This is unfortunate, as those loyal to Blackberrys do not seem to be interested in any other product.
Tune in for Part Two right here of this posting discussing the Top 5 considerations when implementing Internet filtering/accountability software on computers and mobile devices…
Andy Lundy is a psychotherapist working in private practice (www.junipertree.ca) in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org…