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Puresight Owl

Puresight Technologies Ltd.
Devices supported
Operating system
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Price *
59.90 €
Language of interface
arabic, dutch, english, german, greek, hebrew
Test date
SIP Bench III, 2nd test cycle, Winter 13/14

*Prices might change according to the latest company offers


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: 2.2
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: 2.4
Effectiveness score with other harmful content filtering for users 13 years and older: 0.0
Effectiveness score for users up to 12 year old: 1.1 out of 4 points
Effectiveness score for users 13 years and older: 1.2 out of 4 points


Installation of the tool: The installation process is well comprehensible. The installer provides barely any options for advanced users and cannot be influenced with regard to kind or amount of information, except for the language. The process is consistent, but it does not fully meet users' expectations as, for example, there is no choice of destination folder. Some steps of the configuration are already integrated in the installation. The overall design is appealing.
Configuration of the tool: The configuration process is comprehensible and mostly easy to learn. The configuration contains some inconsistencies with regard to the navigation structure and it does not always meet users' expectations. The process offers several options for the individualization and possibilities to influence the amount of information about the process. These various options offers a joyful experience for the user.The design is appealing and joyful.
Usage of the tool: The tool provides barely any options to react, when a website has been blocked. The alert message is appealing and very child friendly, but it cannot be customized. The reporting is detailed and overall comprehensible, it even offers a pie chart.

Usability of the installation process: 2.7
Usability of the configuration process: 3.4
Usability of the usage of the product: 3.0

Overall score for usability: 3.2 out of 4 points


There are numerous customization options: It is possible use default filtering options based on age;Categories can be handled as: block - allow - filter - monitor only; it is possible to highly customize the reporting activity, also choosing to be alerted when specific bypassing attempts happen. Parents can create URL black/white lists and block Streaming contentand Skype. It is possible to block the social networks choosing to block this category of content or simply to monitor the user’s activity. The monitoring activity is customizable and detailed and the parent can also be alerted when the violations occurred.


The tool resisted to the main hacking attempts to by-pass it.
Overall score for security: 4 out of 4 points


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 Yes
Filtering Customisation Topics Customisation of Filtering Topics Yes
URLs White List Restrict Browsing to White List Yes
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 Yes
Creation of a User's White List Yes
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 Yes
Monitor Access Yes
Safe search Availability Yes
Social Networks Block Access Yes
Monitor Usage Yes
Personal data Provision Block Yes
Streaming Block Access Yes
Monitor Access Yes
P2P Block the application Yes
Monitor Downloads Yes
Skype Block chat Yes
Block video chat Yes
Monitor Yes
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


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 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 blockingYes
U: overall easily operable and comprehensible reportingYes


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*Yes
Disabling or uninstalling the software without a password*Yes
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 applicationYes
Using Safe ModeYes
Filtering Content personalised by userNo
Filtering Content evolving through timeNo
Filtering Multimedia contentNo
Filtering outbound contentNo

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Innova - Technology Transfer and Valorisation

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