Safe Browser

Company
Google Inc.
Version
1.1.2
Devices supported
Mobile
Operating system
Android
Price *
free of charge
Language of interface
english
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 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: 1.2
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: 1.4
Effectiveness score with other harmful content filtering for users 13 years and older: 0.0
Effectiveness score for users up to 12 year old: 0.6 out of 4 points
Effectiveness score for users 13 years and older: 0.7 out of 4 points


USABILITY

Installation of the tool: The installation process is comprehensible and similar to other mobile apps. Additionally, after accepting the terms of use you have to agree use a VPN connection for internet access.
Configuration of the tool: The configuration is very simple and easy to understand. The process is generally conform with user expectations but content criteria aren't explained.
Usage of the tool: The design of alert message is appealing. But there is no option for redirect. There is no explanation why the access is blocked. The blocking message isn't really appropriate for children. The app provides no reporting function.

Usability of the installation process: 2.8
Usability of the configuration process: 2.8
Usability of the usage of the product: 1.1


Overall score for usability: 2.3 out of 4 points


FUNCTIONALITY

Safe Browser is a very basic software for mobile devices. There are basic content categories to filter web pages accordingly but there are no further options, no user profiles, no black/white lists and so on. It is possible to block the access to Social Networks via web access .


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 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 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 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 lessNo
I: choice of installation for beginners or advanced usersNo

C: different degrees of strength for the filteringNo
C: different content criteria for the filteringYes
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 browserYes
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


Funded by
Logo: EUEuropean Commission


Partners:
Cybion Online Business Intelligence

Stiftung Digitale Chancen

coordinated by:
Innova - Technology Transfer and Valorisation



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