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 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.
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?