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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2014
I am a IT manager and I've looking for a solution that monitor and control my kid's internet usage. Tested some solutions from cloud based software, Safe Eyes , router based software (ddwrt, tomato, etc) , DNS services like OpenDns , log analyzers , agent based software and so on.. Now I can say this is the simplest and more effective solution out there. It controls internet in android and ios phone and tablets the same as PCs. Real time reporting is exactly what I wanted , granular at URL level means that I can view what links my kids has visited. Everything is done amazingly easy, just a few clicks and graphic interface is very intuitive and nice. I usually dont post comments but this software deserves it because this is a very important tool nowadays
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2013
I've written a few product reviews over the years to warn others against defective or lame products, or unethical companies, but this time I'm taking time to give credit where it is due. After much hunting, we switched from other web filters to Qustodio. The others either slowed down web surfing to a crawl, or they wouldn't filter all browsers on my son's PC. Qustodio doesn't noticeably slow down the performance of PCs or Ipad whatsoever! With Qustodio, he can now play all of the games (that we permit) without performance problems.

And how would a parent know if the security filters are working or not? Even the free version of Qustodio offers reports of the child's browsing history so you can see where they've been and how long they stayed there. After a couple of weeks of looking at reports, I shut off the email notifications because there was no need to check anymore. He obviously couldn't circumvent Qustodio's web blocking. Not only did the free version do the job for us, Qustodio works on Apple products as well as PC's so if you have multiple devices it is one stop shopping. Haven't tried it on Android phones or tablets yet, but I have no reason to believe that it won't be just as effective there. If you are looking for a free web filter this is the bomb!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2014
I was using Norton Family (free), and while it protected the PC's and Kindles for web browsing, the time limits only worked on the PC's and the Premium version did not offer anything better. The kids would use up their time on the PC, and then grab their Kindles and carry on. Also, Norton would crash when Skype was started.

After some research I loaded up the free version of Qustodio. It has the same basic functions as Norton Family, but the time limits worked across multiple platforms. When the kids run out of time for the day, that's it. No PC, no Kindle, no Phone (they can still call and text). There does appear to be some "lag" if their Kindles are not on Wifi, so if the limit is 2 hours, they may get 2:15 or so. It worked so well, I bought a licensed copy ($45 normally, but with the free version you get 3 days of premium service and after the second day they gave me an offer to buy for $33). The only real limitation is the license is for 5 devices. This works for us, 2 kids, 2 phones, 2 Kindles, and one PC(with an account for each kid). Setting up and installing is very straight forward. On the free version you can only set over all time limits, and on the licensed version you set time limits per device. I just like the over all time limits so if they want to send their time on one device, that is fine. We've been using it for 2 months now and it is very stable and I've had no problems with maintaining it. It just works. The kids can't uninstall it (with out the password), and it doesn't appear to affect the performance of any of the devices. And if you want to give them more time for some reason, you just type in your password and set how much time they get.

Web browsing works well and you get reports on what site they visiting as well as what they are searching for. The settings are initially set by the kids age, but you can modify it. You also have the option to totally block categories of sites or get alerts when they are visiting those site.

This does everything I need a parental control software to do.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
I've been using qustodio on my kids computers for nearly two years . I was waiting to get it on Android devices for nearly the same time. Then, several months to get onto Kindles. There's nothing special about the Kindle app - the magic happens on the family.qustodio webpage. F you have children and they use any Android device - download, install, and begin using right away!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2013
I have been waiting for an app like this since I got my kindle. This app actually blocks unwanted sites and still allows a normal navigation in the kindle web browser. Kindle has some parental controls of its own but does not have any restrictions for web content but finally this app appeared. Awesome!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2014
I downloaded this software on my children's tablets, and also installed it on their laptops. Works fairly well for setting time limits and limiting specific types of content you can customize. Unfortunately, it has it's flaws. There is no way to limit just the internet time vs usage time. Thus, if my child needs to do offline homework on his computer, the timer starts the minute he logs into his account and will cut him off by the time he has finished and gets his internet reward. I emailed customer service, and there is no fix around this. If your child immediately does all their online play first and uses up their time, then they have a setting for offline use, but not the other way around.

The biggest flaw so far is in the laptop version. If the user sets up an account somewhere for a service that hides their ip address, Qustodio is rendered useless. It logs their time and activity as zero, even when you know they've been on for hours. I again emailed customer service, and they reported that there is no way to fix this but to add each website individually to the "blocked" list as they are discovered. However, the nature of that service and that teens are using them, makes it very difficult to ascertain what they are using. Also, they have discovered that by swapping out the hard drive, it also negates any and all parental controls.

I guess you can only hope that you stay more tech-savvy than your children (and those who help them hack out of these parental control software programs). I have not been able to.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2014
Horrible. Don't waste your time/money. Didn't work AT ALL with Chrome or Silk browser. With all controls active, I was able to successfully search "porn" and everything come up normally. Not okay. And this was with the Premium membership. I will say though after I voiced my concerns, they promptly refunded my money within 24 hours of asking for a refund. So that is good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2014
We really like this app as it stands, but would eagerly welcome some enhancements.

1. Disable the time limit without disabling all of Q.
2. More granular than hourly time restrictions....would love electronics off at 7:45pm, for example.
3. Would love a remote lock function.
4. Would love to be able to save profiles of privileges per kid, so that when a kid only earns a subset of privileges we could quickly administer and control it through Q.

All in all, a nice set of functionality with a great future!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2013
So far so go! It has everything I want and so far has not interfered with normal internet use. It is easy to set up and use. I mainly wanted it for internet parental controls so things that I don't want to see don't pop up and my family can search safely too. It also has other great features too :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2014
Would of been awesome if it didn't take forever to use Google. The fact that it would redirect you to a "local host" page and take forever before letting you use Google was ridiculous. I was kind of hoping the software would go unnoticed. Let me know if you guys change that.
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