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: www.opendns.com/enterprise-security/packages/
Direct sign up link: store.opendns.com/umbrella/prosumer
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.

Click here to view step-by-step setup instructions for Umbrella.


Qustodio
Price: Free (Premium Features Available)
Homepage: qustodio.com
Qustodio filters all iOS traffic via VPN including the default Safari browser based on the categories and whitelists/blacklists you define in your Qustodio account.
Qustodio also offers reports on internet/web and app use.

Click here to view step-by-step setup instructions for Qustodio.


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.



Android


Qustodio
Price: Free (Premium Features Available)
Homepage: qustodio.com
App Store: View on Google Play
Qustodio filters Google Chrome and the bundled Android Internet app based on the categories and whitelists/blacklists you define in your Qustodio account.
Qustodio also offers reports on internet/web and app use.
Qustodio does not offer app restricions on other browsers such as Firefox, so an app locking solution may be useful.

Qustodio is the IntegrityOnline First Choice for Android filtering

Click here to view step-by-step setup instructions for Qustodio.


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).

Click here to view step-by-step setup instructions for Mobicip.



*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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