Parentsaround (Mobile)

Company
ARS Nova Systems
Version
2.19
Devices supported
Mobile
Operating system
Android
iOS
Price *
free of charge
Language of interface
english, french
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.
The tool performs better in underblocking on the web than on 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: 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: Parentsaround 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 main configuration is based on the web browser. Some adjustments as creating profiles, age set up, block/allow apps and enable Safe Search can be done directly in the application. The process is mostly comprehensible but context sensitive information are insufficient and could be more detailed. The general principles of use are similar to many other applications
Usage of the tool: The tool provides an alert message but it is not appropriate for children. It offers some options to react: asking for allowance to see the website, safe search option. There is a detailed reporting function.

Usability of the installation process: n/a
Usability of the configuration process: 3.1
Usability of the usage of the product: 2.2


Overall score for usability: 2.8 out of 4 points


FUNCTIONALITY

Parentsaround mobile is an application, consists of a web browser that restricts users from visiting inappropriate sites. The filtering tool offers a remote control access to the configuration and to the reporting. The software generally fulfills users’ expectations, but could be optimized at some points. The tool allows the parents to create URL black/white lists and to decide what topics need to be filtered. Parents can set up time limits for internet usage.


SECURITY

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 No
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 Yes
Redirect to safe resources No
Usage Restriction Web Block Access No
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 filteringNo
C: different content criteria for the filteringNo
C: option to transfer filter configurations between target usersNo
C: option to transfer filter configurations between devicesYes
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 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 userYes
Filtering Content evolving through timeNo
Filtering Multimedia contentYes
Filtering outbound contentYes


Funded by
Logo: EUEuropean Commission


Partners:
Cybion Online Business Intelligence

Stiftung Digitale Chancen

coordinated by:
Innova - Technology Transfer and Valorisation



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