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Panda Global Protection (2016)

Panda Security

Devices supported
Operating system
Mac OS X
Windows 10
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Price *
41.99 €
Language of interface
chinese, danish, dutch, english, french, german, greek, hungarian, italian, norwegian, polish, portuguese, russian, slovak, slovanian, spanish, suomi, swedish, turkish
Test date
SIP Bench III, 4th test cycle, Summer 2016

*Prices might change according to the latest company offers


Effectiveness score for users up to 12 year old: 1.6 out of 4 points
Effectiveness score for users 13 years and older: 1.6 out of 4 points


Installation of the tool: The tool is embedded in a security suite, but only the parental control features were subject of this test. The installation process is comprehensible. The installer provides a choice of language for the tool. A process bar and timer show the progress of the installation.
Configuration of the tool: The configuration process is easy to learn, but not always comprehensible. The process mostly conforms to users’ expectations, however, there are barely any options to individualise or influence the process.
Usage of the tool: The tool provides no options to react when a website has been blocked. The alert message is addressed to parents and not to children. It cannot be customised, but it is generally adequate and context-sensitive. The reporting is comprehensible and the provided information is adequate.

Usability of the installation process: 3.0
Usability of the configuration process: 2.8
Usability of the usage of the product: 1.6

Overall score for usability: 2.5 out of 4 points


The Parental Global Protection tool is part of an all-in-one security suite. The user can set up a profile for each Windows account. The tool has basic functions such as URL based black and white lists and adjustable filter categories. Filter categories can be set according to age or customised personally. The language of the software can be adjusted at any time.


Access to harmful content throught Google translate site
Uninstalled without asking credentials or pin.
Overall score for security: 1 out of 4 points


Area of needFunctionalitySpecific issuesAssessment
Management Management of User profiles Create several profiles Yes
Remote Management Manage on various devices No
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 No
Blocking Message Type Ask for unblocking by parents No
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 No
Personal data Provision Block No
Streaming Block Access No
Monitor Access No
P2P Block the application Yes
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


Yes / No
I: installation in 3 steps or lessNo
I: choice of installation for beginners or advanced usersYes

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 learnNo

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


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*No
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 sitesNo
Renaming a blocked applicationYes
Using Safe ModeYes
Filtering Content personalised by usern/a
Filtering Content evolving through timen/a
Filtering Multimedia contentn/a
Filtering outbound contentn/a

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