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Shield Genie Editor's Review

There are several computer applications that you need to use for security purposes while there are some apps that are meant for monitoring and restricting inappropriate content. The parental control software can either inform kids why and when certain websites are blocked or they are used to monitor their activity in a clandestine manner. You can use Shield Genie if you want latter type of app but it is not very secretive in operations as it is. Published by Global Aware Technologies, it gives users considerable control over monitoring what their children do online.

The licensing cost of $149.95 is rather steep but it is just a onetime expense. If you prefer using software that have sleek interfaces, Shield Genie may disappoint you. The blocky interface looks dated when compared to rival apps. Even the HTML help section of the app cannot be used easily in PCs with Windows XP. Besides, the help section descriptions do not match present version, which is quite a dampener. The checkbox selection method, for example, is somewhat conflicting and can ruffle some users.

Upon installation, Shield Genie asks if you want to activate Stealth mode. This can be changed later though. When that mode is enabled, you cannot find any desktop icon and it does not show up in Windows start menu either. You can find it only in startup programs list and task manager. Here rivals like WebWtacher and PC Pandora 7 races ahead of the app as they offer complete stealth mode. You can launch Shield Genie from the OS’s control panel and trying to launch it from Windows explorer exe file will not yield any result.

To set the alert configuration, you need to provide phone number along with an email id. Besides, you need to provide web-based email account and its password. Needless to say, some users will find this kind of intrusive.

By default, the website monitoring feature of Shield Genie is set to enabled position for all users account in a Windows PC. However, you can change and customize it later. Websites belonging to as many as 140 categories can be included. While you can turn on site blocking for included categories doing so will make the purpose of stealth mode futile. As it is, this is not targeted at blocking websites with objectionable content but for keeping track on online activities of other users without letting them know. Shield Genie's site monitoring is not browser dependent and that is a good thing.

Apart from keeping track of websites, the app records keystrokes used by the kids or other users for each application launched. Blocking applications and allowing them for a specific interval is possible. Like rival apps, Shield Genie can take a screenshot when a site is blocked or an alert is sent. Users cannot evade the scanning by renaming program as it works by identification through window caption.

Shield Genie includes robust keyword blocking and words related to categories like sex, suicide, drug abuse are all instantly blocked. However, it does not interfere with incoming emails or instant messages. While sending alert and blocking activity, Shield Genie can capture video or snapshot. You may set options to take snaps when specific apps are run.

Apart from online activity and application launch monitoring, Shield Genie also offers document recovery. You get extensive customization for file saving options for covered apps. You can make changes to e -mail and alert sending options. You may choose to receive emails per month, week or day. The reports are saved in HTML format and they can be quire elaborate. Rivals apps offer a more streamlined approach to segregate reports.

While rivals apps like WebWatcher offer options for remote viewing and scheduling, Shield Genie turns out to be a dampener in this department. Once you pay the licensing fee for the app, there are no more charges to be borne later ever. This gives it some edge over rivals that have renewal of subscription.

Positive Points:
•    One time licensing, no renewal.
•    Extensive snapshot capture and customization.
•    Customized app usage and web usage activity alert via email.
•    Integrated document recovery.

Negative Points:
•    Inadequate help section.
•    Incomplete stealth mode.
•    No remote monitoring option.

Conclusion:
Overall, Shield Genie comes across as a mixed bag. It does score over rivals apps in some departments while loses out in some others. The plethora of customizations for alert sending and app monitoring are praiseworthy. However, the jitters in interface design and inadequate stealth mode can make heavy users ruffled. The pricing policy may make budget conscious users opt for it.

Rating: 3/5







Shield Genie Publisher's Description

Your children are online at school, at home and with their friends. Laptops, smartphones, gaming consoles, media players and tablets mean they can hop on the internet wherever they go. And whenever they are online they are at risk from unsuitable content, accidentally disclosing their personal data, illegal downloads, file sharing, spyware, viruses, inappropriate advances and cyber bullying.

We’ve all heard the stories and we all want internet safety for our kids. Shield Genie parental control software can keep your kids surfing safely when you’re not there to supervise.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Shield Genie is designed to quietly monitor your children's computer activity. However, it's not as stealthy as its competition, and its user interface could use a thorough redesign.

Publisher: shieldgenie.com | License: Comercial | Price: 89.95
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Released Date: 13-11-2014 | Rating: 5 | Title: Shield Genie

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Program Info Url: http://shieldgenie.com/
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