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LogDog (for Android)

If hackers target a secure website to steal a gazillion passwords, there's really nothing you can do to protect your password. Your best bet is to render that stolen information useless by switching to a new password immediately. Of course, you can only do that if you know about the breach.

The free LogDog (for Android) app monitors your secure accounts and notifies you immediately of any events that suggest tampering.
In-app purchases let you protect multiple accounts at the same website, or add credit card monitoring. LogDog monitors Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo; Twitter support is new since I tested the service last year.

The company tells me that Support for Instagram and LinkedIn is in the works. LogDog (for iPhone) doesn't yet have all the features of the Android edition.
I'll review it separately when it's fully up to speed. Note that while you must use a mobile device to receive notifications from LogDog, it tracks access from any kind of device.

A suspicious login attempt is suspicious whether it comes from Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, or even Linux. Easy SetupGetting started with LogDog is a simple matter of downloading and running the app. You don't have to create an account. LogDog doesn't save any of your data online.

The program, along with all of its data, remains on your device. To extend LogDog's protection to one of the supported sites, you log in to that site from within LogDog.

This lets LogDog perform an initial scan of the account, and also lets it track when and how that account is used.

The login screen includes a reminder that LogDog doesn't retain your credentials. Hey, this is a privacy tool, so that's reassuring! Each time you add a secure site, LogDog displays a screen that lets you share your experience with friends via LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, WhatsApp, or email.
If three friends sign up based on your referral, you get a t-shirt; seven referrals earns an entry in a drawing to win a smartphone. At the free level, you can protect exactly one of each account type, which may well be plenty.
If you need more, you can sign up for Accounts+, which costs $1.99 per month or $19.90 per year. That's it. You now go about your usual routine, logging in to accounts as needed, from whatever device and network you normally use. LogDog lies doggo, gradually developing a profile of what's normal.

After a week it ends this learning mode, ready to alert you if it detects any account activity that deviates from the norm. CardProtectorNew since the last time I looked at LogDog, the CardProtector feature aims to alert you if any of your credit cards have shown up for sale on Dark Web commerce sites.

Adding this feature is an in-app purchase of $3.99 per month or $39.90 per year. Interestingly, the app does not ask you to supply any particular credit card numbers.
Its scan is wholly based on your full name and location.

The scan takes place automatically, once per day, or you can launch it manually. When I ran the scan, it reported about 2.2 million stolen card numbers on record, roughly 1.6 million of them in the U.S. None of them were mine, thankfully.

This feature works best if you have an uncommon name, like my own.
If other people in your zip code share your name, you might well encounter false positives.
Sorry, John Smith! LogDog AlertsI put LogDog to the test by logging in to my Gmail account using the Tor Browser, which made my login seem to be taking place in Canada. LogDog immediately displayed a notification of suspicious activity. When I tapped for details, it displayed an explanation and offered two simple buttons, one to dismiss the alert because it really was me, and another to continue investigating.
If your own activity really did trigger the alarm, perhaps because you logged in using a friend's computer, you just tap the first button. For testing, I tapped the second button, which brought up another set of choices.
I got a second chance to dismiss the alert as my own activity.
I could choose to ignore this warning but still get an alert if it happened again. Or I could choose to change my Google password from within LogDog.

Easy as pie! Changing your password locks the intruder out, but there's more you should do to protect your privacy.

The LogDog website is absolutely loaded with advice. Right from the main menu, you can access detailed advice for how to deal with a hacked account on Dropbox, Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo, or Twitter.
In each case, the advice page recommends running LogDog's Inbox Detective to clear exposed private data from your email Inbox—more about Inbox Detective shortly.

Each page continues with useful instructions for recovering from a breach on that particular service. But wait! There's more! Paging through the site's blog (called BlogDog), I found posts about recovering from hacked accounts on many other sites.

These include eBay, Snapchat, Pinterest, Tumblr, and more.

And, I'll admit it, I tried the Game of Thrones themed hacking awareness quiz.
I am Drogon! Inbox DetectiveThere's always the possibility that hackers will get a chance to rifle through your email before you manage to change the password. You can help protect your privacy by making sure you don't have too-sensitive information lying around exposed in your Inbox.

That's where Inbox Detective comes in. Inbox Detective searches your email inbox for credit card numbers, passwords, social security numbers, bank accounts, and malicious links.
It's somewhat similar to the PII (Personally Identifiable Information) search performed by Identity Finder's Data Discover 7.5, but at a much simpler level.

At present it supports Gmail, Hotmail, and Outlook online.
Support for finding sensitive information on Evernote, Twitter, Drop box, and Facebook is in the works. A link in LogDog takes you to the Inbox Detective online, but this feature is also available separately, at https://detective.getlogdog.com.

At the time of this writing, the site states that Inbox Detective is free, for a limited time. You log in with your email credentials, which gives the app permission to read and analyze your account.
It scans up to 10,000 recent messages and comes up with a report. For each possibly problematic email, the report offers two buttons. One opens the full message in your webmail client, so you can review and perhaps delete it.

The other automatically notifies the sender about the problem.
In testing, I found that the Open button correctly opened the message from Chrome on Windows, but on the Android tablet it just opened the Gmail Inbox. When I ran it on my personal Gmail account, it gave me a "detective score" of 10 percent, along with a note stating that the average user's score is 85 percent. However, when I dug a bit deeper I determined that my real score should have been better. The app found 12 credit card numbers in my Inbox, or rather, it found 12 number that were 16 digits long.
In truth, not one of them was actually a credit card number.

Two of them involved communications from my auto insurance, containing my 16-digit account number.

The rest were reminders from the local library telling me which books would soon be due, with a 16-digit bar code number for each book. The report correctly revealed three passwords sent in plain text via email.

Fortunately they were for accounts from long ago.
It found what it thought were two SSNs, but were actually just my accountant explaining that I should enter the SSN in the format 111-22-3333.

And it warned me about the recently-revealed MySpace breach. I permanently deleted all of the offending messages. Or rather, I tried to.

The report showed one message with no date or subject, and clicking the Open button had no effect.
Still, I managed to reach a score of 95 percent. This is a nice feature, but it could use some fine-tuning.
I'd like to see LogDog run apparent credit card numbers through the available validation algorithms.

Also, I'd love to be able to click away erroneously flagged items.

But I'll bet that once these things happen, the service won't be free anymore. Use for Free, Not for FeeAnyone who uses one of the six popular sites tracked by LogDog can benefit from installing this free service. You'll know right away of any abnormal account activity, and it's a snap to change a compromised password or dismiss a false alarm.
In addition, the handy Inbox Detective helps you clear out exposed credit card numbers, passwords, and other personal data from your Inbox. I'm not sure I'd pay extra to track two accounts at the same service. Maybe just install the app on a second Android device? And nearly $40 per year to check a database of stolen credit cards seems a little high to me.

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There's a certain mindset implied by the features offered by traditional parental control applications.

The kids might accidentally or deliberately visit inappropriate websites, so we'll block access to those.

They might get on the Internet for too long, or at the wrong time, so we'll set limits.

But in the background, there's the idea that the kids will be using a PC.

Tokyo-based FamilyTime recognizes that many modern kids stick strictly to mobile devices, and FamilyTime Premium (for Android) focuses on monitoring and protecting the modern mobile kid.
It's got a lot of potential, but there's definitely some work to do. FamilyTime pricing plans are based on the number of devices covered.

A one-device license goes for $27 per year, while $35 per year gets you a two-device license. Or you could go all out and spend $69 per year for a five-device license. You can apply your licenses either to the Android edition, reviewed here, or to FamilyTime Premium (for iPhone). Note that the feature set is very different on the two platforms.
If you're planning to use FamilyTime on iOS devices too, be sure to read that review. Compared with some of its competitors, this product is a bit pricey. Qustodio Parental Control has a similar five-device limit, but its yearly subscription is just $44.95.

For $89.99 per year, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 lets you define up to 10 child profiles and protect an unlimited number of PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices.

And a $49.99 subscription to Norton Family Parental Control (for Android) doesn't impose any limits at all. Note, too, that FamilyTime assumes each child has exactly one device. Most of the competing products let you define a child profile and associate it with multiple devices. Getting Started With FamilyTimeYou can install the FamilyTime Dashboard parental app on any number of Android or iOS devices.

For this review, I naturally used the Android version, installed on a Nexus 9. You can also log in to the dashboard from any browser; the experience is almost exactly the same regardless of the platform. Mobicip (for Android) also has an app for parents. With ESET Parental Control (for Android) and Norton, the same app serves parent and child, depending on who logs in. When you launch the app, you're prompted to sign in or sign up.

After you sign up, you get a verification code in your email.

Enter that and you're good to go. Well, almost. Keep your eye out for a second email that includes your temporary password. You'll probably want to change that right away. Next, you'll add a profile for each child you want to monitor, up to the number of licenses you purchased. You enter the child's name, date of birth, relationship (son or daughter), and time zone.

That's it; there's no other configuration at this time. The parental app links to some very clear instructions for installing the child app on your child's devices and connecting them to your account.

For an Android device, you download and install the APK file directly from FamilyTime.
I installed it on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for testing. If you maintain good security practices, you'll find that you can't install the app at first, because it comes from an unknown source.

FamilyTime offers an easy link to change that setting. Naturally you'll want to change it back after installation. Like most Android parental control apps, FamilyTime requires Device Administrator permission for some of its features.
If the child disables this setting, the product won't be fully functional, but that's par for the course. To make the final connection between the child app and your account, you go back to the parental dashboard and find the activation code for the child profile.

Enter that in the child app and you're good to go. Child DashboardAs noted, FamilyTime focuses on safety issues for the modern child.

The two big features found in the child app are Pick Me and SOS.
In the iOS version, Pick Me is called PickMeUp. Did you forget to pick up little Sally after Tae Kwon Do practice? She can remind you easily with a simple tap to the Pick Me button. You receive an alert in the parental dashboard, including the child's location. You can tap one of two buttons, OK, Coming or Sorry, I Can't.

The notification itself doesn't include the precise location, but when you open it in the parental app you can see it on a map. Tapping SOS likewise sends the parent a notification. On the child's device, the app advises staying calm and staying put.

The only response here is "Got it, on my way!" This is similar to Qustodio's panic button feature, which emails a notification to as many as four trusted contacts. There's one more option, Family Talk, but it's not ready yet.

And the child probably won't have much interest in viewing profile information.

That's it for the child app. Places and GeofencingIn the old-school parental control mode, the child's location went without saying—sitting in front of the family computer.

FamilyTime uses Wi-Fi geolocation and GPS to keep close track of just where your child goes.

Familoop also offers geofencing, Norton and Qustodio track location without geofencing, and Net Nanny and Mobicip eschew location-tracking entirely. If you wish, you can define any number of geofences, and get notification when the child enters or leaves one of these areas.

Familoop lets you define a place for geofencing by tapping in the center of the area and dragging until the circle is big enough.

FamilyTime's way is a bit different. Rather than tapping to define the center, you move the map until the stationary pointer is in the right place.

And rather than freely defining the circle size, you choose 150M, 300M, 500M, or 1KM.

But the end result is much the same.
Interestingly, the iOS version does let you tap to define the center of a geofenced area. When the child crosses into or out of one of your defined places, you get a notification. You can also just check the location history from time to time.

Do note that notifications only occur at the moment your child crosses a boundary.
If the child's device is Wi-Fi only, you won't necessarily get a notification.

Familoop doesn't have this limitation; in testing, logging in from a Wi-Fi connection within a geofenced zone did trigger a Familoop notification. Time RestrictionsWhen I tapped Access Control, I didn't immediately know what to do.
It asked me to set a device passcode, with an unusual set of controls.
Sure, the expected numeric keypad was present, but it also showed a second group of controls with six punctuation marks, Pause, Wait, and an oversized capital N.

Tech support explained that these additional buttons aren't really supposed to be there, and that they only show up on the large screen of a tablet.
I hope the company fixes this quickly. I entered a simple passcode just so I could get past that screen. Here I learned that access control really means control of time periods during which the child gets no Internet access.

By default it includes Bedtime, Dinner time, and Homework. You can adjust the start and end times for these, define which days of the week they're active, and optionally add your own no-Internet times. Note that the iOS edition doesn't have these time scheduling features, though they're planned for a future edition. On a more ad hoc basis, you can go back to the parental app's main page and simply click Lock Phone for any profile associated with an Android device.

FamilyTime's lockscreen takes over, advising the child to do something else for a while.
SOS and Pick Me Up are still available, never fear.

But unlocking the device requires that passcode that you defined, not the child's regular one. You can also unlock the phone remotely through the dashboard.

Circle With Disney has a similar feature, the option to pause the Internet for one child, or for the whole household. App BlockerLike Norton, Qustodio, and most competing products, FamilyTime can block the use of apps you consider inappropriate. However, using this feature is pretty awkward. To get started, you tap App Blocker in settings, then click the + button to add blocked apps.

This brings up a ridiculously long list of apps, way more than I could believe were installed on the Galaxy Tab.

A handful are listed as Important, things like the Play Store, Phone, and Chrome.
Settings and Bluetooth are identified as System, suggesting you shouldn't mess around. All the rest of the apps appear in a super-long list.
It's not in alpha order, and there's no way to search for a specific app.
Scrolling carefully, I counted more than 200 apps in the list. Worse, in testing the list repeatedly became unresponsive, triggering a warning message from Android. My contact said the company is aware of the problem and is working on a database of apps that shouldn't show up in this list. When I did manage to add some blacklisted apps, the feature worked as promised.
It notified the child that house rules don't permit use of the app, and it send a notification to the parental app. Contact WatchlistSome parental control systems take detailed control over your children's communications. Norton Family Parental Control (for Android), for example, can block some contacts, allow others, and monitor unkonwns.

Alas, Norton's iOS edition lacks that feature. FamilyTime doesn't attempt to block contacts, or to capture conversations.

The contact list is a watchlist, not a blacklist.
If your child does call or text a contact on the watchlist, you should receive a notification.

Email contact isn't tracked, so I couldn't see this feature in action on my Android tablet.

FamilyTime's iOS edition doesn't log calls, but it captures the child's entire Contacts list. Log and NotificationsIn the parental app, you can define rules for just how this child's activity should be tracked.

There are six tracking toggles, all enabled by default: Call History, Contacts, Location History, Bookmarks, Web History, and Installed Apps. Only Contacts and Geo Location appear in settings for a child's iOS device. Note that while FamilyTime tracks Web activity, at present it does not make any attempt to filter undesirable sites.

The company does plan to add content filtering. You definitely don't want to disable notifications for the SOS and Pick Me Up notifications mentioned above.

But you can choose whether or not you want three other types of notification.

FamilyTime tracks your child's location history, so you might not necessarily want geofencing notifications. You can also choose whether or not to receive notification when the child tries to launch a blacklisted app, or calls a watchlisted contact. Limited ReportsTapping Reports on a child's profile gets you a somewhat confusing welter of choices.
Initially, it just shows the history of where your child has been. Places History is a separate list of geofencing events, times when your child entered or left a defined geofence area. To get at the other reports, you tap the hamburger menu at top left.
In addition to Places History and Location History, you can view Call History and Web History.

All of the Android devices I have for testing are tablets, not phones, so I couldn't see call history.

And, strangely, the Web History page only showed pages visited last November. Other items on the menu aren't precisely reports. Rather, they duplicate choices from Settings.

Tapping Contacts gets you the same list you'd see if you were aiming to edit the contact watchlist, and you can edit it here too. Looking closely, you can see that watched contacts have a blue icon, unwatched contacts, a grey one.

Tapping the icon changes its status. In the same fashion, the Installed Apps item under Reports displays the same interminable list of apps, each with an open padlock icon if it's allowed, locked padlock if it's locked. Here, too, you tap the icon to toggle its state.
I don't see any point in these duplicate user interface elements. A Different ApproachI've had parents tell me, "Why should I filter Internet content? My kids watch Game of Thrones, for Pete's sake!" It's a valid point.
In the mobile era, parental monitoring includes keeping track of where kids are more than what they're viewing, and responding to calls for help, not notifications that Billy's looking at naughty pictures again.

FamilyTime Premium (for Android) clearly supports this new approach. Note that content filtering is in the works for the iPhone edition, awaiting review by Apple. FamilyTime also quite visibly a work in progress.
If you page through the list of features, you'll find quite a few that are marked as coming soon.

And in testing, I found that a number of features didn't work quite right. When FamilyTime has had a chance to work out the kinks and add those not-yet-present features, it could be pretty impressive.

For now, though, Norton Family Parental Control remains our Editors' Choice for Android parental control. Back to top PCMag may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page.

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Familoop Safeguard

A number of parental control companies I used to follow have closed up shop, but I'm also seeing new ones popping up.

Familoop Safeguard is one of this new crop of parental control products, and it's definitely aimed at the modern multi-device family, with support for Windows, Mac OS, Android, and (to a greater extent than many competitors) iOS.

Familoop boasts an impressive feature set on the PC, but it may be a little bit too new; not everything worked as designed in my testing.For $39.99 per year, you can install Familoop on three devices.

There's no limit to the number of child profiles you can create, and a Mac OS or Windows device still counts as just one device even though you can associate a child account with each user account.

For $69.99 per year you get 10 device licenses. ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 swings the other way, with unlimited devices and a fixed number of child profiles.

A $79.99 per year subscription gets you 10 child profiles. Qustodio Parental Control 2015 costs $44.95 per year to protect five children on five devices.

And Symantec Norton Family Premier, at $49.99 per year, doesn't apply any limits to the number of devices or child profiles. Kids and DevicesAs with Net Nanny, Qustodio, Symantec Norton Family Premier, and other modern parental control systems, Familoop's configuration and reporting take place entirely online.

To get started, you sign up for an account. Note that there's also a 10-day free trial available. Next, you configure a profile for your child.

After you specify name, gender, and date of birth, Familoop sets the initial configuration to match the child's age. You can also choose one of nine built-in images or upload a photo of your own. With the child's basic information in place, you now start adding devices. On a Windows or Mac OS device you simply download the tiny local agent and log in to your Familoop account. On a mobile device, you get the app from the appropriate app store. In testing, I found that the devices appeared quickly in the online console. Like most of the competition, Familoop assumes that a mobile device belongs to just one child.

The unusual Circle with Disney gadget necessarily assigns even Windows and Mac OS devices to one child as well, which may be problematic for some households. Like Qustodio, Familoop gives you a choice. You can identify the entire device as belonging to the child, or just choose one user account. Once you've added all the child's devices, you proceed to configure protection rules.
It's important to add the devices first, because some of the rules differ on different platforms. Familoop selects a default set of rules based on your child's age: Kids under 13, Teens 13-15, or Mature 16-17. You can also choose Accountability, described as "Limited monitoring without blocking." And of course, if you change the defaults you'll have a Custom protection level. Content Filtering With a HitchFiltering out gross and inappropriate Web content is a priority for most parental control programs, and Familoop is no exception.

The protection rules page summarizes what sort of Web content protection your child experiences, but you'll want to click to open the Web content protection panel for full details. Familoop displays over 30 content categories initially.
If you click Show all categories, the list expands to nearly 80.

Each category is marked Unsafe (red), Iffy (yellow), or Safe (green). When your child tries to visit an Unsafe site, Familoop blocks the attempt and notifies you by email immediately.
Iffy sites don't get blocked, but you receive a daily summary of visits to those sites. In testing, I couldn't find a pornographic or otherwise unacceptable site that Familoop didn't block. However, I had no trouble connecting to a secure anonymizing proxy.

Doing so let me surf anywhere without control or monitoring by Familoop.

Digging deeper, I found that the Proxy category was merely marked Iffy.
I pointed out this loophole to my contacts at the company and they quickly changed the Proxy category to Unsafe. A simple three-word command that disables Alvosecure Parental Control and a few others didn't faze Familoop when I tried it. However, this product has one great big flaw—it is not browser-independent.
It only supports Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

All your kid needs is an unsupported browser, perhaps Opera or Vivaldi, to evade content filtering. I do like the way Familoop displays Web activity in its console.

Each domain visited or blocked gets a rectangular card that displays the domain, the relevant categories, and time of the most recent visit. You can click for details of all the pages visited on that site.
Some products, Alvosecure among them, just list all URLs visited, directly or indirectly, which can be overwhelming. Each card features a star icon and a bell icon. You can click the bell icon to turn off notifications for a particular site.

The star icon doesn't mean it's a favorite. Rather, you click the star for items that you want to discuss with your child. When you're ready for that discussion, you can bring up a page that simply contains all of your starred items. Manual Screen Time ControlFamiloop's online console offers a chart of your child's device usage, but it doesn't attempt to set a daily or weekly time limit, or set a schedule for Internet time.

The company plans to add a feature that would let parents allow or ban certain actions during school time and bedtime, but that's not in place as yet. You also won't find the usual weekly grid for scheduling use of the Internet, nor the daily or weekly cap on screen time. Instead, Familoop offers parents a button that puts the child on electronic time-out. On the Android tablet I used for testing it did prevent all activity. However, on Windows 8.1, it was less effective.

The time-out window filled about half the screen, and covered up any other program windows, but I could still run programs and interact with them around the edges of the cover-up window.
In addition, any modern Windows apps simply covered up the time-out window. My company contact confirmed the problem with modern Windows apps; they're working on it. As for iOS, the timeout portion of the app behaved strangely in my testing.
Sometimes it did nothing, other times it made the icons for browsers vanish. My company contact confirmed this as a bug. iOS devices should display the timeout warning just the same as Android devices.

They're working on this as well. Search ControlFamiloop can force Safe Search in Google, Yahoo, Bing, and YouTube.
Inappropriate searches just get filtered out. Of course, a smart child could switch to DuckDuckGo, StartPage, or another unsupported search portal. Back in the online console, you can choose to view online searches.
In this view, each search site displays as a card, and clicking for details lets you see what your child searched for. In testing, I found this feature lacking.

For example, it correctly identified ChaCha as a search engine but did not record my searches.

DuckDuckGo got categorized as Other, and it placed IxQuick's StartPage in the Iffy category Occult. Only my Google and Bing searches actually got recorded. Fooling Program ControlBack in the online console, in the settings dialog for each child, there's a page for Time & App restrictions.

As noted, the time part isn't here yet. Your only choices for blocking particular programs or program categories are currently Always and Never. Familoop lists over two dozen program categories that you can choose to block, among them Books/Comics/Reference (an odd collection), Messengers, and Social Networks. Perhaps more useful, you can switch to blocking programs by name.

This could be a solution for the fact that content filtering doesn't work in off-brand browsers. Just block them, right? Alas, this feature is easily duped.

As with McAfee Family Protection 2.0, Alvosecure, and a few others, all your clever child needs to do is copy the browser application and give it a new name, say, copying chrome.exe to cheeseburger.exe.

The renamed browser is free of Familoop's blocking. Program control in Microsoft Family Safety for Windows 10 and Qustodio can't be fooled by that simple trick. Back under the protection rules, there's an option to set the maximum allowed rating for apps and games on Windows, Mac OS, and Android. Under iOS, you can also set a maximum rating for movies and TV shows.
I didn't find a way to fool this feature. Capturing CommunicationsYou can see on the configuration page that Familoop is designed to monitor Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. My contact at the company pointed out that the connection to social media needs to happen first on a Windows or Mac device before it will work on a mobile device. I dutifully logged in to Facebook and made a few posts and comments.

They never showed up. Over the course of several days I tried this again and again, on Windows, Android, and iOS.
I also logged in to Twitter and sent a few tweets.

The Social Feed report eventually showed my tweets as well as a video I watched on YouTube, but nothing from Facebook.
In my experience, this feature doesn't work, and Familoop tech support couldn't figure out why. When I first looked at Familoop, the settings page indicated that it could capture the child's Web-based email messages on Gmail, Hotmail, AOL, and Yahoo.
In my testing, it never did. My company contact confirmed that feature wasn't working, and the designers removed it from the settings page.
I appreciate the quick response, but it would be better not to make unsupported claims in the first place. Familoop also claims to capture instant messages, specifically those using Skype, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger.
In my testing, it did not. Note that these communication-capture features are not present in the mobile editions. However, the Android edition logs calls and texts. Detailed ReportingWhen you log in to the Familoop console, the first thing you see is a summary of your child's recent activity. Like Circle with Disney, Familoop calls this report Insights, but it's vastly more detailed than the minimalist report you get from Circle. At the top, you see an hourly bar graph of today's device usage, color-coded to flag any Unsafe or Iffy activity. You can click on a bar segment for details.

There's also an option to see data for the last week, 15 days, or 30 days. Oddly, when I selected one of these I saw activity reported several weeks before I ever installed Familoop, all of which linked to a tweet I posted. Familoop reports total screen time on all devices, and also breaks down the total into time spend in Web browsing, social activity, messaging, games, and time spent talking on the (Android) phone. You can also choose to see activity for just one device, rather than all of them. Note that for iOS devices Familoop shows only the total time, not the detailed breakdown. The websites summary panel reports the number of websites visited, as well as the number that were blocked and the number that were considered suspicious. You can click the panel to see details, or flip it over for a breakdown by category.

Another panel reports the number of searches made, and the number that were considered suspicious or unsafe. There are panels (called widgets) for social activity, videos watched, recent contacts, location, and recent apps used.

A few of these aren't present initially, but you can click the Add widget button to add them.
If your configuration includes mobile devices, you can add panels for camera photos, calls and messages, and protection status. But there's more, much more.

The Feed page shows all activity in the form of cards, with red or yellow borders for Unsafe or Iffy activity. You can click for relevant details.

For example, clicking on the card for a website shows the pages viewed on that site, and clicking on a search card reveals just what search terms were used.

And you can narrow the feed to just show websites, social media, messages and calls, or applications. The Contacts page lists all of your child's contacts in the now-familiar card format.

Clicking for details lets you see the phone number, email address, and so forth.

Another click gets you recent contact history. On the Media page, you'll see videos the child has watched as well as any photos or videos taken using mobile devices.

As noted earlier, every card has a star that you can click as a reminder.

The Starred page brings all of these together so you can discuss them with your child. Places and GeofencingThe Places page shows all of your child's recent locations.
If you've only installed on desktop computers, this won't be a very interesting display.
I did find that it correctly located the stationary Windows PC I used for testing.

The Places tab gets more interesting when you've added a mobile device to the child's account. When a mobile device is present, the child's configuration dialog gains a new page called Geofences.

To add a geofence, you simply click a location on the map and drag to define a circle. Name the geofence, identify it as safe, iffy, or dangerous, and you're done. When the child crosses into or out of the defined area, you get an email notification. Don't miss the Data Transfer settings link at the bottom of the page. Here you can define how often Familoop reports the child's location.

The default is once per hour; you can set it as low as every 15 minutes.

A separate setting determines how often Familoop transfers data other than geolocation from mobile devices, and whether or not it uses cellular data when Wi-Fi isn't available. In testing, this feature worked well.
I set up a safe geofence around my home neighborhood and defined the grocery store as dangerous.
I took a mobile device along to go shopping, and received notification that my imaginary child had left the safe zone and entered a dangerous zone. Support for iOSFamiloop on an iOS device behaves quite differently from on a Windows PC.
I've reviewed Familoop Safeguard (for iPhone) separately. Please read that review for full details; I'll summarize here. Many parental control systems give iOS short shrift, figuring it's too difficult to perform their tasks in Apple's tightly-controlled environment.

Familoop takes an approach I've never seen, installing a configuration profile, a remote management tool, and a VPN. Yes, this pretty much gives Familoop total control of the phone—good thing the designers aren't using this power for evil. This setup gives Familoop the ability to filter all Web traffic on any browser or app. Most competitors force use of a proprietary browser. Qustodio Parental Control (for iPhone) can also filter all traffic by use of a VPN, but installing the VPN is awkward, while Familoop's installs effortlessly. Familoop tracks time spent on an iOS device but doesn't break it down by activity.
Social media and other communications aren't tracked on iOS.

There's no time control for apps on iOS, but parents can choose to allow or block a wide variety of activities and features. When you choose to block, say, the App Store, or iTunes, that application's icon vanishes.
It's more powerful than most iOS parental control tools. Support for AndroidFamiloop on an Android device is more similar to the desktop version than on iOS. One nice difference—its content filter handles any browser, where the Windows version supports only Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. My review of Familoop Safeguard (for Android) gives the full details. As noted, Familoop tracks calls and SMS messages on Android devices, and breaks out the time spent on the phone in the Insights report.
It also captures photos taken using the device.
Installing it requires you to make it a Device Administrator, but that's true of just about every Android parental control system. As with the iOS edition, Familoop on Android provides geofencing.
If your child enters an area that you've defined as dangerous, you'll get an email notification right away. An Ambitious EffortNewcomer Familoop Safeguard offers an impressive array of parental control and monitoring features, especially on mobile devices.
Its online console handles all management of child profiles, and also offers impressively detailed reporting on the child's activities.

There's no time scheduling of device or Internet use, though parents can remotely impose a timeout.

And for mobile devices it offers location tracking and geofencing. That's all very well, but I ran into quite a few problems in testing.

The timeout feature doesn't work right under iOS and proved only partly effective on Windows.

The social media tracker never caught anything I posted on Facebook, even after several days. On a Windows device, the content filter only works in three browsers, and the program control feature is easily fooled.

The list goes on. Familoop has potential to be an impressive utility, once all the initial glitches are shaken out. Until then, stick to our Editors' Choice parental control utilities, Net Nanny, Qustodio, and Norton.
Apple’s tablet inspires devotion among users and it is often the first platform for which developers produce apps – but it is substantially more expensive than its competitors April 2014 marked the fourth anniversary of the release of Apple’s iPad, the device that created the modern tablet market. Tablets are transforming computing as IT departments, business units and workers buy the devices for work and personal computing. While it might sound odd to refer to a four-year-old form factor as "traditional", the pillars of the tablet market stand beneath the 9.7in Apple iPad and its mostly sub-11in competitors, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1in version) or the Microsoft Surface (10.6in Windows RT version). Many information workers today use tablets which typically contain an ARM-based microprocessor or, in some newer models, an Intel Atom processor. Generally weighing less than 2lb, these devices feature always-on operation and long battery life. They offer easy-to-use, hyper-portable productivity in a wide variety of environments. Why Apple? Certainly iPad users show a great deal of devotion to the platform. Among global information workers, a sub-segment use both a work-provided iPad and a personal iPad in a typical week. There are a number of reasons for Apple’s continued success in the tablet market. First, innovation often comes first to iOS. Developers target the platform for many of the most innovative applications. Partly, this is pecuniary: Developers reap higher revenue, in general, from iOS than from Android. Even though Android is also a key platform for tablets (as opposed to smartphones), the iPad is the first release choice for the most innovative apps. An example is the MindMeld application, which “listens” to multi-user conversations, takes notes, raises key themes of the meeting and brings in web content to form a radically new content-generating collaboration experience. While the system is now on Android, the earliest versions were all developed for the iPad. Second, service providers make iOS devices enterprise-friendly. An underrated part of the iOS ecosystem is the service provider categories. Mobile device management (MDM) suppliers such as AirWatch, Good Technology and MobileIron help IT professionals manage numerous endpoint devices, but all three of those suppliers say iPads are the most common tablets they manage. Apple-owned FileMaker provides a platform for developing applications, and an ecosystem of hosting service providers has sprung up to project FileMaker applications from the cloud. In addition, vertical industries are adapting iPads to their own uses. Each enterprise vertical tailors the iPad to its own needs. For example, in healthcare, providers have developed services for discharging patients and moving them to outpatient care on the iPad platform. As enterprises devote developer talent to proprietary iOS applications, vertical adaption will become even more widespread. A related trend is that enterprise apps take advantage of tablet features. These proprietary applications will take advantage of the tablet-specific features of the iPad, including sensors, gyroscopes, GPS and LTE wireless services. For example, field-service applications can location- and time-tag activities to track worker productivity. Not that iOS holds a monopoly here – it doesn’t – but many of these apps prove themselves on the iPad first. Finally, the iPad can be used as a hybrid device with external keyboards from Apple, Logitech and Zagg. Indeed, it’s not hard to find an author who has written an entire novel on an iPad. The flexibility of the ecosystem around the iPad extends even to peripherals that workers can employ as needed. The alternatives But, Apple’s iPad doesn’t win all the enterprise app battles. Logitech developed a proprietary app for its salespeople in China, who visit retail outlets to evaluate current inventory, sales trends, and inventory planning. They offered the app on iPad and Android tablets, but their Chinese salespeople overwhelmingly chose the latter. Further, Apple’s iPad doesn’t monopolise developers’ attention. Among mobile developers, iOS and Android run neck and neck in terms of tablet prioritisation. Among all mobile devices (including smartphones and tablets), 48% of mobile developers list the iPad as one of their top three priorities, while 45% list Android tablets. Then there is the question of cost. Compared with an entry-level iPad Mini in the US ($329), an HP Slate 7 Android tablet ($169) offers a significant discount. The open-source, multi-supplier nature of Android leads to a wide array of device form factors and price points. Samsung, in addition to other hardware heavyweights such as Lenovo and HP, joins Google in its advocacy of the platform. Samsung touts its S-Pen as a differentiator in the functionality and performance of its Android tablets, even as the Korean manufacturing giant leads the smartphone market as well. However, IT professionals should beware the complexity of Android. The fragmentation of the operating system continues to present a significant challenge, with so many devices on the smartphone-tablet spectrum employing disparate versions of Android, from 1.6 to 4.2. MDM suppliers report that managing Android complexity represents a substantial challenge for most of their enterprise customers who want to accommodate Android in their bring your own device (BYOD) programmes. We’re enjoying a period of great experimentation in the device market, offering workers and consumers unparalleled form factor diversity and choice. Some of these devices will succeed quickly, as Apple’s iPad did. Others will take time to develop, as witnessed by the first successful Android tablets. Still others will peak and fall quickly, like netbooks. Particularly in the diverse Windows 8 and Android device ecosystems, there will be mass die-offs in the competition for survival in the tablet market. This article is based on Forrester’s report: Orchestrating An Enterprise Tablet Strategy That Drives Business Value, by J P Gownder. Email Alerts Register now to receive ComputerWeekly.com IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox. By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy Read More Related content from ComputerWeekly.com RELATED CONTENT FROM THE TECHTARGET NETWORK This was first published in July 2014
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