Net Nanny For Android

Company
ContentWatch Inc.
Version
2.2.2.0
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 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.
The tool performs better with content in other languages than English for the overblocking functionality.
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: 0.7
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: 0.9
Effectiveness score for users up to 12 year old: 1.4 out of 4 points
Effectiveness score for users 13 years and older: 1.8 out of 4 points


USABILITY

Installation of the tool: Net Nanny 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 provided as web-configuration. The appearance is adapted to the smartphone design, so that the configuration is comfortable on Smartphone/Tablet and PC. The process is consistent and context sensitive explanations are used sufficiently. The configuration fulfills the users' expectations and the handling is easy to understand and enjoyable. The overall look and feel is appealing.
Usage of the tool: In case of a blocked website the tool does provide a redirect to safe resources and an option for the administrator to unblock the website. The alert message cannot be customized and is not worded with respect to children's capability of understanding.

Usability of the installation process: n/a
Usability of the configuration process: 3.4
Usability of the usage of the product: 2.9


Overall score for usability: 3.2 out of 4 points


FUNCTIONALITY

Net Nanny for mobile devices is a standalone application. The web filtering customization provides the parent with different options with respect to the content topics: block, allow, warning. There is also the "profanity" category that the parent can choose to mask: this will replace "profane words" with symbols. The parent can create black- and white lists and applications can be blocked. The software offers detailed reporting in various views.


SECURITY

The low rate is due to the possibility for the user to uninstall the tool without a password.
Overall score for security: 4 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 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 Yes
Blocking Message Type Ask for unblocking by parents No
Redirect to safe resources Yes
Usage Restriction Web Block Access Yes
Monitor Access No
Safe search Availability Yes
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 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 learnYes

U: alert message in a child friendly languageYes
U: option to customise the reaction in case of blockingYes
U: overall easily operable and comprehensible reportingYes

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 timeYes
Filtering Multimedia contentYes
Filtering outbound contentNo


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Logo: EUEuropean Commission


Partners:
Cybion Online Business Intelligence

Stiftung Digitale Chancen

coordinated by:
Innova - Technology Transfer and Valorisation



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