Trend Micro Kids Safety - PS3

Company
Trend Micro Inc.
Version
OS 4.46
Devices supported
Gaming Console
Price *
15.95 €
Language of interface
chinese, danish, dutch, english, french, german, italian, japanese, korean, norwegian, polish, portuguese, russian, spanish, suomi, swedish, turkish
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: 1.4
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: 1.8
Effectiveness score with other harmful content filtering for users 13 years and older: 0.0
Effectiveness score for users up to 12 year old: 0.7 out of 4 points
Effectiveness score for users 13 years and older: 0.9 out of 4 points


USABILITY

Installation of the tool: URL filtering for the console's internet access is possible with help of an external application. Installation of the application works nearly automatically; therefore the installation has not been tested with regard to usability."
Configuration of the tool: Trend Micro for PS3 provides barely any options for configuration; therefore the configuration of the settings for youth protection on the consoles themselves was included in the test: The configuration process is partly incomprehensible especially with regard to abbreviations. Context sensitive explanations are not provided, but would be necessary at some points. Especially concerning the fact, that game consoles might not be familiar to everyone, the configuration is rather difficult to learn. Finding the Trend Micro service and learning how to use it, is rather difficult."
Usage of the tool: There is barely any usage of PS3's youth protection tool. The alert message cannot be customised and is not worded with respect to children's capability of understanding. The product does not provide any options to react when a web site has been blocked. There is no reporting of URL filtering.

Usability of the installation process: n/a
Usability of the configuration process: 0.7
Usability of the usage of the product: 1.2


Overall score for usability: 0.9 out of 4 points


FUNCTIONALITY

Parental control functionalities provided by the external tool Trend Micro Kids Safety:

Web content filtering:
Sony has included a bookmark in the PS3 Browser which links to Trend Micro Kids Safety Web Service for PS3 which allows web filtering features. There is no detailed customisation possible.

Parental control functionalities embedded with the device

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. Most online features are enabled by the PlayStation Network. The parent can determine his/her own child/teenager levels of protection through
  • the set-up of a MASTER ACCOUNT (PARENTS) and its related SECONDARY ACCOUNTS (USERS: CHILDREN/TEENAGERS) within the PlayStation Network
  • the configuration of the Security Settings (mainly related to locally stored content and to CD and DVD that can be played on the consoles) protected by a password (different from the Master account used for the PlayStation Network)
Internet Access:
The Internet access is free (no pay-for subscription needed)
The Security Settings allow the PARENTS to restrict the users’ access to the PS3 Web browser: block/allow. The restriction applies to all users. If blocked, only the users knowing the PARENTS password will be able to access the Web.

Online communication activity
Through the MASTER Account (the PARENT) can restrict the Voice/Video Chat usage by the SECONDARY Account: block/allow. Even if blocked, the user can receive messages and invitations to chat

Content download or purchase
Through the MASTER Account the PARENT can define if and how much budget the CHILDREN/TEENAGERS can use to buy contents from the PlayStation Store The content of games and video accessible through the PlayStation Network will be filtered according to the secondary account age for those content that are labeled

Online gameplay
There is not a specific functionality to block this issue. The PARENTS can prevent the USER to play online indirectly by blocking the access to the Internet or “not creating'' a secondary account for the PlayStation Network. Filtering of online games is possible indirectly: through the Security Settings it is possible to define the level of the game that can be played offline: the higher is the level the higher the restriction. Some games have features that can be played online: these games will be played if they are consistent with the level set by the PARENTS.


SECURITY

The tool allowed us to access some blacklisted webpages using a proxy.
Overall score for security: 2 out of 4 points


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 filteringNo
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*Yes
Closing the filtering tool trough the Task Managern/a
Using a proxy instead of a direct connection to the InternetNo
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 userNo
Filtering Content evolving through timeNo
Filtering Multimedia contentNo
Filtering outbound contentNo


Funded by
Logo: EUEuropean Commission


Partners:
Cybion Online Business Intelligence

Stiftung Digitale Chancen

coordinated by:
Innova - Technology Transfer and Valorisation



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