Windows Family Safety

Company
Microsoft
Version
OS Win8
Devices supported
Computer
Operating system
Windows 8
Price *
free of charge
Language of interface
arabic, bulgarian, chinese, croatian, czech, danish, dutch, english, estonian, french, german, greek, hebrew, hungarian, icelandic, italian, japanese, korean, latvian, lithuanian, norwegian, polish, portuguese, romanian, russian, serbian, slovak, slovanian, spanish, suomi, swedish, turkish, ukrainian
Test date
SIP Bench III, 1st test cycle, Summer 2013

*Prices might change according to the latest company offers

EFFECTIVENESS

The overall effectiveness score is weak on adult content and very weak on other harmful content.
There is no major difference in effectiveness between teenagers and children.
There is no major difference in effectiveness between web and web 2.0.
There is no major difference in effectiveness among the different languages.
Effectiveness score with adult content filtering for users up to 12 year old: 3.0
Effectiveness score with other harmful content filtering for users up to 12 year old: 0.0
Effectiveness score with adult content filtering for users 13 years and older: 3.0
Effectiveness score with other harmful content filtering for users 13 years and older: 0.0
Effectiveness score for users up to 12 year old: 1.5 out of 4 points
Effectiveness score for users 13 years and older: 1.5 out of 4 points


USABILITY

Installation of the tool: The tool is included in Windows 8, therefore the installation has not been tested with regard to usability.
Configuration of the tool: The configuration process is mostly comprehensible. The process contains some inconsistencies and does not always meet users' expectations. Especially the absence of content categories may confuse user.
Usage of the tool: The tool supports a dialogue between children and parents, when a website has been blocked. The alert message cannot be customised, but it is worded with respect to children's capability of understanding. The reporting is well comprehensible.

Usability of the installation process: n/a
Usability of the configuration process: 2.8
Usability of the usage of the product: 2.5


Overall score for usability: 2.7 out of 4 points


FUNCTIONALITY

In Windows 8, web restrictions and activity reports as parental control is now included. Windows Family Safety allows the parents to create URL black/white lists but there is no topics related filtering option. It is also possible to restrict apps and on the PC installed games. Time limit settings for browsing are available. It is possible to block or allow online communication.


SECURITY

The tool resisted to the main hacking attempts to by-pass it.
Overall score for security: 1 out of 4 points


DETAILED FUNCTIONALITY

Area of needFunctionalitySpecific issuesAssessment
Management Management of User profiles Create several profiles Yes
Remote Management Manage on various devices No
Monitoring Remote access to monitoring No
Filtering Customisation Topics Customisation of Filtering Topics No
URLs White List Restrict Browsing to White List Yes
Default White List No
Modification OR Creation Yes
URLs Black List Creation of User's own Black List Yes
Keywords Keywords Default Black List No
Default White List No
Creation of a User's Black List No
Creation of a User's White List No
Time Time Limit Settings Set a specific time frame or web access duration Yes
Blocking Message Type Ask for unblocking by parents No
Redirect to safe resources No
Usage Restriction Web Block Access Yes
Monitor Access Yes
Safe search Availability Yes
Social Networks Block Access Yes
Monitor Usage No
Personal data Provision Block Yes
Streaming Block Access No
Monitor Access No
P2P Block the application No
Monitor Downloads No
Skype Block chat No
Block video chat No
Monitor No
Prevent new Contact No
Windows Life Messenger Block chat No
Block video chat No
Monitor No
Prevent new Contact No
Email Block email client and/or webmail access Yes

DETAILED USABILITY FINDINGS


Yes / No
I: installation in 3 steps or lessYes
I: choice of installation for beginners or advanced usersn/a

C: different degrees of strength for the filteringYes
C: different content criteria for the filteringNo
C: option to transfer filter configurations between target usersNo
C: option to transfer filter configurations between devicesNo
C: overall comprehensible configurationYes
C: overall conformity with user expectationsYes
C: overall easy to learnYes

U: alert message in a child friendly languageNo
U: option to customise the reaction in case of blockingNo
U: overall easily operable and comprehensible reportingYes

DETAILED SECURITY FINDINGS

The Tool prevents the user from by-passing the filter by:Yes / No
Using the IP address instead of the URLYes
Using an alternative browserYes
Changing time and date settings*Yes
Disabling or uninstalling the software without a password*Yes
Closing the filtering tool trough the Task ManagerYes
Using a proxy instead of a direct connection to the InternetNo
Accessing the web-pages through the Google CacheNo
Reaching a website through translation sitesNo
Renaming a blocked applicationYes
Using Safe ModeYes
Filtering Content personalised by userNo
Filtering Content evolving through timeNo
Filtering Multimedia contentNo
Filtering outbound contentNo


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Partners:
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Innova - Technology Transfer and Valorisation



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