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ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 Editor's Review

Having an internet connection can turn out to be a dual edged sword for many persons, more so for parents with tech savvy kids. On one hand, you literally cannot do without the web- you need it for banking, shopping, socializing, entertainment and myriad other needs. On the other hand, it has become hard to evade the risks and loopholes of the internet. No matter how hard you try, it may not be possible to keep tab on your kid’s online activities at all times. At times, they may unwittingly fall prey to traps laid by malicious web users as well. To keep your kids safe from various online threats and sources of risk, you will need effective parental control software. Net Nanny by ContentWatch can be a worthy contender.

Net Nanny can track your kid’s online activities across PCs and devices running various OSes. It works with Windows, Mac and Android devices. The newest version works with Windows Vista and later versions. XP users have to stick with older version which is tied to a single device. There are various license options you can pick from. The top end version covers 10 devices and includes Net Nanny Social.

When you install the app’s Windows client, creating or logging in Net Nanny Account is mandatory. You can add users at this time or later. The app generates settings for each child and has profiles like Child, teen or pre-teen etc. You may provide the app with email address of the kids and their images. There are flexible options to monitor the online activity of young users.

In Net Nanny, the configuration needs to be done in a web based console. However, you will need to install the local clients on PCs. It creates a system tray icon during installation. The new version discards a few traditional tracking mechanism deployed by most parental control apps. There is no continuous Instant Messaging monitoring and ESRB rating based game access control is not there, for example.

Like top notch parental control systems, Net Nanny checks and analyses web page contents to determine if a site is objectionable or not. This method works better than the older category based analysis. It may allow the kids to watch a news site with sports content but deny access to view porn related content or news in same site.

Net Nanny uses 17 potentially objectionable segments to match up websites. The app decides what a child should be allowed to see online, based on the profile and age. Teens may be allowed to see a site dealing with sexual health after seeing a warning but this will be out of bounds for juniors.

In case a child needs to access a website belonging to objectionable categories for educational or practical needs, there is an option. He or she can send the main user an email request by clicking a link. The owner can use the online console to grant access.

It is quite possible that tech savvy teens may try to evade the monitoring of parental control app using various means. Net Nanny cannot be deactivated by network commands that work on many rival apps. It can thwart unwanted sites even if they have secure HTTPS connection. It blocks access to porn sites even if the user tries using secure anonymizing proxy.

You may not want the kids to stay glued to the web and spend all spare time in that! To aid you, Net Nanny offers two-way Internet usage scheduling. You can either use its weekly grid or time allowance for each user. The app does not rely on Windows system clock and so it defeats attempts to override time scheduling by resetting the clock. The nice thing is the time allowance works across every device or PC associated with a user.

The app offers two kinds of email notifications. If the kid needs access to a blocked category site, he can inform you and the app will send an email. Besides, it sends you an email based weekly activity summary. You may customize the notifications as well. Notifications can be set for events like attempts to access blocked site or violation of scheduling. Any attempt to override monitoring settings can also trigger an email alert.

Apart from the categories provided by the app to thwart access to objectionable websites, you can specify custom category and add sites to it. To view the activity reports made by Net Nanny, you will need to use the app’s online console. You may choose to see activity for a single person or entire family. Viewing activities for last week or month is also possible. The app uses pie charts to show blocked content types and activities of users. You can get details by clicking on those pie charts.

The Mac version of Net Nanny works in sync with the Windows version. Its Android version works in a different way but it is quite effective. It is covered by the Internet time scheduling. ContentWatch offers web based technical support, along with phone based support and OS specific FAQs for the licensed users.

Positive Points:
•    Support for multiple platforms.
•    Customizable email notifications.
•    Extensive filtering for websites.
•    Cross device compatible web access scheduling.

Negative Points:
•    No direct IM monitoring.
•    No support for older Windows OSes.

Conclusion:
Net Nanny offers multiple ways to control and monitor web activities of kid and teen users. In an era when multiple types of devices are used to access internet, the app offer seamless syncing across platforms and offers users various ways to keep tab on their kid’s web activities. The content based analysis works far better than older category based blocking, as it is. Its email notification is flexible and weekly reporting can also be customized to a great extent. The time scheduler is robust and the app resists multiple commonly used methods to override controls. Some users may grudge about lack of direct and constant IM monitoring but the app offers sold overall performance.

Rating: 3.5/5









ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 Publisher's Description

Net Nanny Features:
Compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad!
Keeps pornography from appearing on your computer.
Mask profanity before it appears on the screen.
Control access to set time limits on internet usage.
Send alerts and reports to your console or email.
Create user profiles to tailor protection to your individual family members' needs.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Pornography, cyber bullies, and online predators make the internet a dangerous place for young minds. Protect your family! Take control with Net Nanny — the best child protection software available.

License: Trial
Version: 7 | Platform:
Released Date: 02-10-2014 | Rating: 5 | Title: ContentWatch Net Nanny 7

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Program Info Url: https://www.netnanny.com/products/netnanny/
Download Url: http://downloads.contentwatch.com/loader/setups/Net_Nanny_for_Windows_7.2.2.0-7573_x86_NN_release.msi

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