Magic Desktop

Company
Easybits Software AS
Version
8
Devices supported
Alternative Tool
Operating system
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Price *
39.00 €
Language of interface
danish, dutch, english, french, german, greek, hungarian, italian, japanese, norwegian, polish, portuguese, romanian, russian, spanish, suomi, swedish, turkish
Test date
SIP Bench III, 3rd test cycle, Summer 2014

*Prices might change according to the latest company offers

USABILITY

Installation of the tool: Magic Desktop 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 starts with an obligatory assistant but the menu for the configuration is flexible. The software offers general default settings related to children’s age. The process has some inconsistencies that might confuse the user but the general handling is enjoyable.
Usage of the tool: The software seems to offer various functions, but there barely are possibilities for the user to influence or expand the filter functioning. But the options like time limits, remote control and safe search are provided.

Usability of the installation process: n/a
Usability of the configuration process: 2.9
Usability of the usage of the product: 1.4


Overall score for usability: 2.2 out of 4 points


FUNCTIONALITY

Magic Desktop is a learning and entertainment program. With this software children learn how to use the computer and how to search in the internet. Parents decide what programs are allowed. To set up time limits for internet usage is possible also to configurate black and white lists.


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 Yes
Default White List Yes
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 Yes
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 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 devicesNo
C: overall comprehensible configurationYes
C: overall conformity with user expectationsYes
C: overall easy to learnYes

U: alert message in a child friendly languagen/a
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 usern/a
Filtering Content evolving through timen/a
Filtering Multimedia contentn/a
Filtering outbound contentn/a


Funded by
Logo: EUEuropean Commission


Partners:
Cybion Online Business Intelligence

Stiftung Digitale Chancen

coordinated by:
Innova - Technology Transfer and Valorisation



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