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Magic Desktop

Easybits Software AS
Devices supported
Alternative Tool
Operating system
Windows 10
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, 4th test cycle, Summer 2016

*Prices might change according to the latest company offers


Effectiveness score for users up to 12 year old: 2.5 out of 4 points
Effectiveness score for users 13 years and older: 2.5 out of 4 points


Installation of the tool: Magic Desktop is delivered as an application which is installed nearly automatically.
Configuration of the tool: The configuration starts with an obligatory assistant, but can also be adjusted at a later point. The software offers general default settings related to children’s age. The tool mirrors the Windows operating system, making it easy to navigate for parents familiar with Windows.
Usage of the tool: The software offers various functions, but there are barely any possibilities for the user to influence or expand the filter function. Options like time limits, remote control and safe search are provided and function well.

Usability of the installation process: 3.8
Usability of the configuration process: 3.3
Usability of the usage of the product: 1.7

Overall score for usability: 2.1 out of 4 points


Magic Desktop is a learning and entertainment program, which is built like a Windows alternative for children. It is intuitive and easy to learn, if parents are familiar with Windows. With this software children learn how to use the computer and how to search in the internet. It is possible to set up user profiles and time limits for internet usage, and also to configure black and white lists. The tool also offers an e-mail program specifically designed for children.


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 No
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 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 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 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 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 blockingn/a
U: overall easily operable and comprehensible reportingn/a


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 usern/a
Filtering Content evolving through timen/a
Filtering Multimedia contentn/a
Filtering outbound contentn/a

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Innova - Technology Transfer and Valorisation

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