Concerns raised over test of 15 web filters

BeWebSafe highlights the recent testing of popular parental controls by PC Pro magazine

The popular technology magazine PC Pro have conducted an extensive series of tests on the 15 most popular web filtering services regularly downloaded by concerned parents (both free and paid for) and only 3 out of the 15 managed to block out 100% of the pornographic websites.

As well as sites considered to be pornographic, PC Pro also tested sites classified as gambling, gore, pro-suicide and pro-anorexia, tasteless humour and hate. Over 150 websites were part of the test and (not surprisingly) not a single parental control package blocked every instance of inappropriate content.

The package which came out of top was Norton Family but the magazine also recommend the Blue Coat’s K9 Web Protection kit.

The worst packages tested were MetaCert and OpenDNS Basic. In all but the false-positives category, a higher score indicated better protection. False-positives are when a service believes a site is inappropriate when it isn’t and blocks it anyway.

BeWebSafe highlights the results found in recent study of parental control packages by PCPro

What does this information actually mean for parents. Web filtering packages can be costly and don’t always give you the complete security of protecting your child from inappropriate content online. The bottom line is that the best parental control on the market is … you, the parent.

Do you use one of these web filtering packages? Are you shocked with these findings?




Debbie Woodward

Debbie is a FETAC qualified trainer and delivers Social Media training for the Sligo County Enterprise Board in Ireland. Debbie also delivers talks on Internet Safety to parents and students in schools and also teachers in education centres. You can find Debbie on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.



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