Mobile Filtering


Your options for filtering on mobile devices are quite a bit different than your options on PC. There are apps available for Android and iOS, which work in a couple of different ways.

There are filtered browsers available for iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), and while they don't automatically disable Safari, the built in unfiltered Apple browser, it can be disabled via the iOS Parental Controls. There are also VPN (Virtual Private Network) based filters becoming available which result in a much nicer user experience.

On Android there are filtered browsers or parental control/filtering apps that can lock down the device more tightly.

BlackBerry is pretty much a lost cause, as the only filtering options come from integration with BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which most consumers aren't using.


Note, the following options are not the only options, or necessarily the best solutions available, but they are presented here as a starting point for you to find what fits your situation.


iOS


Umbrella
Price: $20-$50/year
Homepage: umbrella.com
App Store: View in iTunes
Umbrella is a product from OpenDNS that sets up a VPN connection so you can filter all internet enabled apps. It works to block malicious content in addition to objectionable content.

Umbrella is the IntegrityOnline First Choice for iOS filtering


Mobicip
Price: Free (Premium Features Available)
Homepage: mobicip.com
App Store: View in iTunes
Mobicip for iOS is a filtered browser app which has a very Safari-like experience.
Note: On iOS Mobicip cannot disable Apple's built in Safari browser, and all links in emails, etc, will try to open in Safari.
Works on iPad and iPhone.

Mobicip currently offers the best free solution for iOS


k9 Web Protection
Price: Free
Homepage: k9webprotection.com
App Store: View in iTunes
k9 for iOS is a filtered browser app.
Note:on iOS k9 cannot disable Apple's built in Safari browser, and all links in emails, etc, will try to open in Safari.
Works on iPad and iPhone.


AVG FamilySafety for iOS
Price: Free
Homepage: avg.com
App Store: View in iTunes
AVG also offers a free filtered browser for iOS.
Works on iPad and iPhone.


Android


Mobicip
Price: Free (Premium Features Available)
Homepage: mobicip.com
App Store: View on Google Play
Mobicip for Android is a filtered browser based on Firefox Mobile which restricts other browsers* and can be set to restrict access to any app (such as the Play Store).

k9 Web Protection
Price: Free
Homepage: k9webprotection.com
App Store: View on Google Play
k9 for Android is a filtered browser based on Firefox Mobile which restricts other browsers*.
NOTE: k9 Web Protection for Android is currently incompatible with Android 4.4 KitKat. Please use Mobicip (above).

Funamo Parental Control
Price: $20 (Free Trial)
App Store (Filtered Browser): View on Google Play
App Store (Control App): View on Google Play
App Store: View on Google Play
Funamo is a Parental Control package for filtering web traffic, restricting apps, and monitoring device usage. Content filtered browsing requires both the Filtered Browser app and the Parental Control App.

Trend Micro MobileSecurity
Price: $30/year (30 day free trial)
Homepage: trendmicro.com/androidsecurity
App Store: View on Google Play
The premium version of Trend Micro MobileSecurity includes content filtering for web browsing.


*Depending on your choice of filtering solution for Android, you may also want to use an app locker such as the free App Lock - Smart App Protector to lock down the built in Chrome browser.


More Resources


There are sites out there that do much better than me at keeping up with the new tools and reviewing all the options. Read the reviews and comparisons and make an informed choice.
Also, I'd love your feedback. Email me at feedback@integrityonline.org with your experiences with different products.

-netsafetyresources.com
-pcmag.com
-ikeepsafe.org
-www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-parental-Filter.htm


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