- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
- ASIN: B01CNMSJGE
- Date first available at Amazon.com: March 7, 2016
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,015 in Software (See Top 100 in Software) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
Net Nanny 5-Device Family Protection Pass - Parental Control Software and Internet Filter for Mobile and Social Media
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- Multi-platform: compatible with Windows and Mac PCs as well as iOS (Apple) and Android devices
- Flexible filtering: control which content can be seen with comprehensive parental control software
- Block porn instantly: warn or block access to pornography and other adult content
- Prevent cyber bullying: monitor social media activities and promote internet safety
- Limit time online: control the time of day or set number of hours your child can be online
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Enjoy award-winning internet safety and parental controls to protect your child online. The Family Protection Pass uses a proactive internet filter to block porn, monitor social media and protect children from cyber bullying, sexual predators and other online threats. Easily block unsafe material on any Windows or Macintosh computer, as well as iOS (Apple) and Android tablet or smartphones. compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, & Vista, MAC OS X, 10.7, or higher versions. Also compatible with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) up to Android 4.4 (Kit Kat), iOS 8 or higher.
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This software is loaded on to their phones & computers and is quite extensive. There has been a real learning curve for me, and I haven't got it all understood or figured out yet. In order to be fully effective, you must have access to their social networks' logins, their phone or account logins, etc. The only way that you can limit the web surfing that they do is to force them to use the netnanny browser to access the internet, either on computer or phone - this means no Safari, Chrome, IE or other browsers. The only way that you can stop this is by removing the other browsers from the device (phone) and using parental controls to lock them out of adding additional apps. Visualize your child complaining that they can't add anything, or bringing you their phone every single time they want to add the new Angry Bird app. Then, you have to get into settings, turn off the restriction, let them add what you have decided is ok, and then enable the restrictions again. It becomes a burden. I wish there was a way to just restrict access on the native browsers on the computer or phone, but it doesn't work that way. For these reasons, this software is more effective for young children than older teenagers etc. I have good teenagers, but they complain way too much about not having more access to the "good" content and apps that they want. Try to take away their music apps or ***tube and you will see what I am talking about.
That brings me to the newest challenge. Kids don't use browsers that much anymore anyway. They are all accessing the web through particular apps that then take them to internet content within the app. They bypass browsers. Net Nanny can't stop that. So, you have to know what apps are safe and which are not, and new apps are introduced every week. This software doesn't go there, so that is up to your own research. There are apps that disguise themselves as harmless, but have backdoors to awful stuff. That, I believe, is the biggest shortcoming of this software. It isn't the fault of Net Nanny, its just the limitation of the filtering technology at this point.
In the administrator settings, you have the ability to choose individual settings for each child's account, and set it up for what you want to allow, warn or restrict, in more than a dozen categories. You can also restrict the time that they have each day, by setting up an hourly calendar, to access the internet. I don't believe that you can set up access times for apps, even on wifi. I've had to do that with my internet wifi router. Again, with phones using LTE, you can't restrict apps access, only access to the Net Nanny browser. However, on the browser, you can blacklist or whitelist specific sites.
On social media, you need to register your children's accounts with Net Nanny administrators, the sites where you can do to get reports and see what your children have been accessing. It shows you activity in views of either day, week or ever. I haven't been able to see how it works on Facebook, but it is pretty good on my son's Instagram. I do have to take the time to log in and spend the time browsing what they have posted or said over that time frame. A summary report is provided, but it is still too simple to be effective, IMO. Still, it is nice to have access to that.
This is a lot of work, to keep kids safe. I think that Net Nanny is pretty effective but technology has a ways to go still. I can't fault them for that. I'm not smart enough to invent the technology I wish for. I hope this review helps some parents out there. I received a discount on this product in return for my honest review. There you have it. If you found it useful to you, please mark it as helpful below.
First thing to note, this is a physical card. It arrived in a bubble mailer with a code on the back of the card for the subscription. This is great for gifting however personally I would have just preferred a digital code so as to save the materials used to make and ship the physical card. Registration was quick and easy, navigate to the site on the back of the card, enter your information and the registration number and your good to go. It then provides you with links to install the software on multiple different platforms. This purchase allows you to protect up to 5 devices.
Installation is just as easy. Go on the device you want, sign in, and click the install software button. Once installed, you can manage all features and settings on the remote devices from your web portal. This includes things such as time of day the machine/internet can be used, how much time per day the device can be used, website filtering and social media monitoring. The one feature I have found this software does lack that I wish it had, was a SMS text message filter/monitor and cell phone tracking. The lack of this feature is the reason for the loss of a star. Aside from that, the software does exactly what I would expect from a good protection program and I feel comfortable every day to have it on my children's laptops. This is by far one of the best software investments you can make if you have children.
All in all I can absolutely say if you are looking for a software to protect and monitor your children while they are on the computer, this is a great choice and I would recommend it. I did receive this device at a reduced price so I could review it for you. I hope this review helps you make a more informed purchase.
EDIT: So shortly after this purchase a software update pushed through which made me completely rethink my previous review and change it from a 4-star to a 1-star rating. With this update, several features have been removed and the product no longer works correctly. To start, they seem to have removed the ability to block all internet traffic and only allow a whitelist of sites. Now it allows all sites and you can setup a blacklist and category filter. I contacted their support and they were not helpful, telling me about how the other options worked and not addressing the actual issue of a now missing whitelist feature. Just to be clear, the whitelist site feature is still displayed in the admin dashboard but does not work. Second, the software now has trouble 'checking in' and often times blocks all internet traffic during my kids allowed times just because it cannot reach the server. To make this worse, there is no local options to allow internet short of turning the software off temporarily. This also disables ALL filtering. These major issues with several other minor issues that have occurred since the update have forced me to re-rate this a 1-star and I no longer recommend this software.
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