iOS Parental Controls (Mobile)

Company
Apple Inc.
Version
7.0.4
Devices supported
Mobile
Operating system
iOS
Price *
free of charge
Language of interface
chinese, czech, danish, dutch, english, french, german, greek, hebrew, italian, japanese, korean, norwegian, polish, portuguese, romanian, russian, slovanian, spanish, suomi, swedish, turkish
Test date
SIP Bench III, 2nd test cycle, Winter 13/14

*Prices might change according to the latest company offers

EFFECTIVENESS

The overall effectiveness score is fair 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: 2.8
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: 2.6
Effectiveness score with other harmful content filtering for users 13 years and older: 0.0
Effectiveness score for users up to 12 year old: 1.4 out of 4 points
Effectiveness score for users 13 years and older: 1.3 out of 4 points


USABILITY

Installation of the tool: iOS Parental Controls is part of the operation system. Therefore the installation process was not tested with regard to usability.
Configuration of the tool: It is easy to limit the access to some apps and even filter them to different ages. But the software offers unusual options that confuse the user. Especially there is no hint that basic parental control features as web filtering (based on different content criteria or age) are not supported.
Usage of the tool: Deactivated browser functions leads to disappearing of the Safari icon. The alert message is functional and offers the possibility to allow the selected website.

Usability of the installation process: n/a
Usability of the configuration process: 3.0
Usability of the usage of the product: 1.3


Overall score for usability: 2.4 out of 4 points


FUNCTIONALITY

The iPhone/iPad is provided with an embedded parental control tool that allows blocking action of some apps. It enables the PARENT to block e.g. Safari browser or iTunes application. There is now also a build in web-filter! iOS' parental control tool can also limit the use of films or other non www-based content as well as in-app-purchases.


SECURITY

The low rate results from the possibility for the user to reach a blocked website through translation sites
Overall score for security: 1 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 Yes
URLs White List Restrict Browsing to White List Yes
Default White List Yes
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 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 Yes
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 Yes
Block video chat Yes
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 usersn/a
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 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 URLYes
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 InternetYes
Accessing the web-pages through the Google CacheYes
Reaching a website through translation sitesNo
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


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Partners:
Cybion Online Business Intelligence

Stiftung Digitale Chancen

coordinated by:
Innova - Technology Transfer and Valorisation



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