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Cyber Patrol vs PC Tattletale

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CYBER PATROL

Cyber Patrol is one of the most feature-rich Internet filtering products in our review, blocking websites, newsgroups, search engine images, and even objectionable words and phrases used while chatting or instant messaging.

This product uses a layered filtering technology that involves the CyberList database and a dynamic filtering technology. This combination makes a very powerful filter that is capable of capturing sites that are not yet in its database.

Cyber Patrol gets high ratings for all of the extra features it offers. Some of these include

  • a "Yes List", which is good for families with young children, only allowing them onto pre-approved sites
  • Setting up allowable times for internet and application usage
  • Controlling program downloads

CyberPatrol makes use of categories to group potentially objectionable material. These categories can be turned on or off for individual user profiles. A couple of the more interesting categories include:

  • Spyware - This protects the computer by preventing access to sites that promote potentially malicious software that can debilitate a computer
  • Criminal Activity and Phishing is another category that is set up to protect the user from giving out personal passwords or log in information

Updated material is available for download on a weekly basis.

Free technical support is available online, and by email and fax. However, no phone support is offered.

One drawback to Cyber Patrol is its interface. It is one of the more complex interfaces in our roundup; being technically savvy is definitely a plus when configuring this program. Another drawback lies in its reporting; the reports are simple but should be improved.

In spite of these drawbacks, Cyber Patrol delivers on its promise of a feature-rich internet filter. The layered filtering technology and range of blocking capabilities give this product high marks.

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PC TATTLETALE

PC Tattletale's website takes a real scare tactic approach towards parents. While there are plenty of dangers lurking in cyberspace, there are many solid reasons to purchase an internet filter that aren't based on fear alone.

Built primarily to monitor and capture a user's whereabouts while online, PC Tattletale has rather limited filtering capability. Simply supply a list of keywords that you find objectionable. If the child tries to go to any web site that contains the targeted keywords, PC Tattletale intervenes and displays a "Page not found" error instead. The theory is that your child will soon tire of trying to display that page and move on to something else.

Unfortunately, this level of rudimentary filtering is severely lacking when compared with the other products in our review. First, you must maintain the list of keywords yourself; no one else is monitoring this list for you. Second, a keyword may be objectionable in one context, but not another.

For example, health-related sites may contain keywords that would be objectionable if used on adult-oriented websites; but the method used by PC Tattletale will block all sites regardless of how the word is used. Third, no attempt is made to filter emails, chat rooms, or other forms of communication.

On the monitoring side, PC Tattletale provides some useful features, such as screenshot captures and color-coding different chat personalities for ease of recognition.

PC Tattletale has features that make it more appealing to monitor, or review, the activity that takes place on your pc, rather than stop it from happening in the first place.

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Internet Filters

To help you find the Best Internet Filters, TopConsumerReviews.com provides you with an in-depth comparison of Cyber Patrol and PC Tattletale.

Internet Filters are needed now more than ever before. Since the dawn of the internet, pornography and other potentially offensive material has made its presence felt. Today, porn is a $10 billion industry, greater than the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball - combined.

Over two million porn sites exist on the internet today, with 2,500 new ones added each week. And with all the other violent and offensive websites out there, the problem is not going to get better anytime soon.

Against this backdrop, internet filter programs work hard to block objectionable material from innocent eyes. Each offers a unique approach or feature set to meet this pervasive challenge.

When evaluating the different internet filter programs, there are certain factors you want to consider. Some of these include

  • Features. Does the internet filter only block websites? Can it also filter chatrooms, emails, and file-sharing services?
  • Support. Support for internet filters range from toll-free telephone service to 3-day email answers. Make sure you understand the level of commitment you're signing up for.
  • Cost. Pay attention to the full cost of the internet filter program; some services may make you pay to answer your questions.

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best internet filters available today. We hope this information helps you protect you and your family right away!



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