Mobicip Safe Browser

Company
mobicip
Version
2.0.1
Devices supported
Mobile
Operating system
Android
Price *
free of charge
Language of interface
english
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.
The tool performs better with English content.
Effectiveness score with adult content filtering for users up to 12 year old: 0.0
Effectiveness score with other harmful content filtering for users up to 12 year old: 1.1
Effectiveness score with adult content filtering for users 13 years and older: 0.0
Effectiveness score with other harmful content filtering for users 13 years and older: 1.2
Effectiveness score for users up to 12 year old: 2.2 out of 4 points
Effectiveness score for users 13 years and older: 2.4 out of 4 points


USABILITY

Installation of the tool: Mobicip is delivered as an application which is installed nearly automatically. Therefore, the installation process was not tested with regard to usability.
Configuration of the tool: The configuration is generally comprehensible but information about the interaction between the application and the web-based configuration is not highlighted well, so it is sometimes confusing. There are no options to individualize or influence the process. The process contains some inconsistencies and it does not meet the to users' expectations. The overall look and feel is appealing, but could be optimized with regard to the common standard.
Usage of the tool: The tool provides barely any options to react when a web site has been blocked. The alert message is quite adequate taking into account the small device but it is not worded appropriately to children's level of understanding. The basic version offers no reporting function.

Usability of the installation process: n/a
Usability of the configuration process: 2.8
Usability of the usage of the product: 1.2


Overall score for usability: 2.2 out of 4 points


FUNCTIONALITY

Mobicip Safe Browser is as it named a browser app for Android and iOS devices. The tool allows the parents to customize the management of different profiles. It is possible to choose among three different default age-based profiles: Elementary, middle, and high school. Many features are only available in the premium version as create URL black/white lists and topics to be filtered. It is possible to block apps. So you can limit the access to social networks, streaming services or Skype. The filtering tool customization interface is accessible online (remote control). Important: The tool does not filter the websites accessed through the Safari browser provided by the iPhone: the access to the Safari browser must be blocked by the embedded parental control.


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 Yes
Remote Management Manage on various devices Yes
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 Yes
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 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 filteringNo
C: different content criteria for the filteringNo
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 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 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 userNo
Filtering Content evolving through timeNo
Filtering Multimedia contentYes
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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