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Zoodles Premium

Inquisitive Minds, Inc.

Devices supported
Alternative Tool
Operating system
Mac OS X
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Price *
55.86 €
Language of interface
chinese, dutch, english, french, german, italian, japanese, korean, spanish
Test date
SIP Bench III, 4th test cycle, Summer 2016

*Prices might change according to the latest company offers


Installation of the tool: An initial configuration - the creation of a child’s account - is necessary before downloading and installing the tool. The installation is guided by explanations on the website. It requires Adobe Air to be installed on the device.
Configuration of the tool: Configuration is web-based. There are no context-sensitive explanations, whose absence makes parts of the configuration process confusing.
Usage of the tool: The alert message is neither context-sensitive nor worded with regard to children. Basic reporting is available for the visited websites and games.

Usability of the installation process: 2.8
Usability of the configuration process: 2.7
Usability of the usage of the product: 1.9

Overall score for usability: 2.1 out of 4 points


Zoodles Premium is a ‘walled garden’ environment. It allows creating up to six ‘playgrounds’. Parents can choose the kind and the amount of content the children are able to see and use. Content can be added to the black and white lists. White-listed games can be blocked, as well as limited via a violence rating scale from 0 to 5. Time limits can be set.


Too easy to exit from application killing it from task manager or pressing ALT+TAB selecting the app from the task bar and closing it. A presence of a parent is required.
Overall score for security: 2 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 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 Yes
Usage Restriction Web Block Access No
Monitor Access Yes
Safe search Availability No
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 usersNo

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 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


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 ManagerNo
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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Cybion Online Business Intelligence

Stiftung Digitale Chancen

coordinated by:
Innova - Technology Transfer and Valorisation

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