We tested WebWatcher on a PC with
Windows XP as a platform.
Webwatcher Advanced Contextual Blocking Feature
WebWatcher's blocking feature is uniquely their own. In addition
to allowing you to block certain web sites by URL, contextual
blocking allows parent's to block web sites by keyword or key
phrase. It was very easy to setup, we simply entered the keyphrases
in which we thought were offensive.
Blocking by web site category (pornography, gambling,
shopping, etc.) is a great tool since there are many web site
which parents are not aware of. No other parental control software
features contextual blocking.
Alternatively, WebWatcher lets you block all web site
and only allow access to the specific web sites you choose.
We Knew that Webwatcher's email recording technology was powerful,
but were we surprised! Webwatcher recorded all emails that were
sent and received during our tests.
Information such as every email
that is sent or received, who sent it, who received it, the
date and time, the email subject and attachments (if any).
When testing WebWatcher with our own personal web-based
email accounts, we found that WebWatcher's still managed to
record the email contents with their Smart Camera monitor
- now that's powerful!
Instant Message Recording
We had a great time chattin' away whist testing WebWatcher's
IM and CHAT monitoring features. WebWatcher IM and chat monitoring
recorded both side of the following IM services; AOL Instant
Messenger (AIM), MSN Messenger, Windows Messenger and Yahoo
IM and chat details recorded were the date of the chat,
start & end time, the chat participants, and the entire
contents of the chat (instant message) conversation.
When testing with other (less popular) IM software, again,
WebWatcher was still able to capture chat information by using
their unique Smart Camera monitor.
There are many software products for parents, and they
all do the job. WebWatcher however seems to combine all parental
control software features and bundles it into one.
More importantly, WebWatcher software support is like
no other. You can get help help at any time directly from your
control panel. They provide a toll free number and live chat
for instant answers. The support a company offers reflect their
work (product or service). In that case, WebWatcher is hands
down the most advanced parental control software available today.
George La Rosa
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