Panda

Company
Panda Security
Version
2014 7.01.01
Devices supported
Computer
Operating system
Mac OS X
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Price *
71.99 €
Language of interface
bulgarian, chinese, czech, danish, dutch, english, estonian, french, german, greek, italian, japanese, korean, norwegian, polish, portuguese, romanian, russian, slovak, slovanian, spanish, suomi, swedish, turkish
Test date
SIP Bench III, 3rd test cycle, Summer 2014

*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: 2.6
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: 2.2
Effectiveness score with other harmful content filtering for users 13 years and older: 0.0
Effectiveness score for users up to 12 year old: 1.3 out of 4 points
Effectiveness score for users 13 years and older: 1.1 out of 4 points


USABILITY

Installation of the tool: The installation process is well comprehensible. The installer does not provide advanced options, except for the language choice. The process has some language inconsistencies .
Configuration of the tool: The tool is embedded in a security suite, but only the parental control features were subject of this test. The configuration process is easy to learn, but not always comprehensible. The process is mostly conform with user expectations. There are barely any options to individualize or influence the process.
Usage of the tool: The tool provides no options to react, when a website has been blocked, they are mainly addressed to parents and not to children. The alert message cannot be customized, but it is generally adequate. The reporting is comprehensible and the information provided is adequate.

Usability of the installation process: 2.4
Usability of the configuration process: 2.7
Usability of the usage of the product: 1.4


Overall score for usability: 2.2 out of 4 points


FUNCTIONALITY

The Parental Global Protection tool is part of an all-in-one security suite. The software works on various devices and different OS (PC, Mac). The user can set up several profiles. The tool has basic functions so that parents can create URL black/white lists and adjust filter categories to decide what topics should be filtered. It is possible to block and monitor web content. Furthermore the access to Social Networks/ P2P applications and the email client and/or webmail access can be blocked.


SECURITY

The low rate results from the possibility for the user to uninstall the tool without a password.
Overall score for security: 0 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 Yes
URLs White List Restrict Browsing to White List No
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 No
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 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 Yes
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 lessNo
I: choice of installation for beginners or advanced usersNo

C: different degrees of strength for the filteringYes
C: different content criteria for the filteringYes
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 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 reportingNo

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*No
Closing the filtering tool trough the Task ManagerYes
Using a proxy instead of a direct connection to the InternetYes
Accessing the web-pages through the Google CacheYes
Reaching a website through translation sitesYes
Renaming a blocked applicationn/a
Using Safe ModeNo
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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