Astaro - Parental Control for Wii

Company
Sophos
Version
na
Devices supported
Gaming Console
Price *
50.00 €
Language of interface
dutch, english, french, german, spanish
Test date
SIP Bench III, 1st test cycle, Summer 2013

*Prices might change according to the latest company offers

EFFECTIVENESS

According Nintendo's support Astaro is discontinued and no longer maintained. Unfortunately there is no hint on the website about this!

Effectiveness could not be tested due to the inavailablity of the Astaro server.



USABILITY

Installation of the tool: Web filtering for the console's internet access is possible with help of the external application ""Astaro"". Installation of the application works nearly automatically; therefore the installation hasn't been tested with regard to usability. "
Configuration of the tool: Astaro for Wii provides barely any options for configuration; therefore the configuration of the settings for youth protection on the consoles themselves was included in the test: Especially using Wii together with Astaro is incomprehensible. Context sensitive explanations are missing. Finding the Astaro service and learning how to use it, is very difficult. The configuration with regard to web filtering is very poor and provides barely any options. "
Usage of the tool: There is barely any usage concerning Wii's youth protection tool. The alert message is not worded with respect to children's capability of understanding. The product provides no options to react when a web site has been blocked. There is no reporting of URL filtering. Filtering mechanism is not working and the product has been discontinued but there is no note about this nether in the installation process nor in the usage.

Usability of the installation process: n/a
Usability of the configuration process: 1.4
Usability of the usage of the product: 0.5


Overall score for usability: 1.1 out of 4 points


FUNCTIONALITY

The filtering function does not work! In the most cases you get "no Connection to Server". According Nintendo's support Astaro is discontinued and no longer maintained. Unfortunately there is no hint on the website about this!

Parental control functionalities provided by the external tool Astaro:

Web filtering: Nintendo has included a bookmark in the Wii Browser which links to the Astaro Wii Content Filtering Portal. This external, not free of charge tool provides web filtering features. Astaro Wii Content Filtering makes use of a proxy which filters web sites requested to the Internet channel.

Parental control functionalities device embedded:
The console is provided with a family security functionality which allows the parent to determine the settings both for the OFFLINE and the ONLINE features. Here are presented only the online features managed by the embedded tool. The parent can restrict the CHILD/TEENAGER uses of the console via the settings of a four-digit PIN.

Internet access: It is possible to block the access to the internet channel if desired.

Online communication:

Online communication and user created content: The parents can control messages communication of the Wii console in online games where open communication is available, as well as controls the exchange of user created content in compatible games and channels.

Content download or purchase:
Purchase and download activity: The parent can control the use of Wii Points, which are used to acquire downloads from the Wii shop channel. If this setting is on, users will be required to enter the 4-digit PIN in order to use Wii Points to download items from the Wii shop channel.

Other

News channel: The ADMIN can control access to the news channel. If this setting is on, users will be required to enter the 4-digit PIN in order to enter the channel.



SECURITY

Security could not be tested due to the inavailablity of the Astaro server.



DETAILED FUNCTIONALITY

Area of needFunctionalitySpecific issuesAssessment
Management Management of User profiles Create several profiles No
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 No
Default White List No
Modification OR Creation No
URLs Black List Creation of User's own Black List No
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 No
Blocking Message Type Ask for unblocking by parents No
Redirect to safe resources No
Usage Restriction Web Block Access Yes
Monitor Access No
Safe search Availability No
Social Networks Block Access No
Monitor Usage No
Personal data Provision Block No
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 No

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 usersn/a
C: option to transfer filter configurations between devicesNo
C: overall comprehensible configurationNo
C: overall conformity with user expectationsNo
C: overall easy to learnNo

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

DETAILED SECURITY FINDINGS

The Tool prevents the user from by-passing the filter by:Yes / No
Using the IP address instead of the URLn/a
Using an alternative browsern/a
Changing time and date settings*n/a
Disabling or uninstalling the software without a password*n/a
Closing the filtering tool trough the Task Managern/a
Using a proxy instead of a direct connection to the Internetn/a
Accessing the web-pages through the Google Cachen/a
Reaching a website through translation sitesn/a
Renaming a blocked applicationn/a
Using Safe Moden/a
Filtering Content personalised by usern/a
Filtering Content evolving through timen/a
Filtering Multimedia contentn/a
Filtering outbound contentn/a


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Logo: EUEuropean Commission


Partners:
Cybion Online Business Intelligence

Stiftung Digitale Chancen

coordinated by:
Innova - Technology Transfer and Valorisation



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