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Various Internet Filters, Monitors, and the Like
Filter Cost Platform Audience Features Description
Accountable2You
Accountable2You
$7 / month android, ios, linux, macosx, windows addict, parent accountability, monitoring, timer Accountable2You originated as a personal replacement for other, slower, accountability software and has since blossomed into a product in its own right. The product site and product interface are quite nice.
ActivityLogger $199 authority
ActivTrak free to $15 / month / user macosx, windows authority filtering, monitoring, screenshots
Adblock Plus browser antiad
Adguard $2.50 / month android, browser, ios, macosx, network, windows antiad, parent, general biglist, filtering Run by a large company
AhnLab SiteGuard
AppLock
Archangel free icap
Astaro - Parental Control for Wii
Atlas Web Browser android antiad, hermit Can optionally use AdBlockPlus filters and optional low bandwidth (no-image and no-javascript) mode.
AVG Family Safety $3 / month windows parent antivirus
baconreader
bark $7.50 / month android, ios parent monitoring, social
BitDefender Internet Security $70 windows general antivirus
BlockerX android addict filtering
Blocksi browser, chromeos authority, parent biglist, cloud, filtering Blocksi is a Chrome and Chromebook product targeted at schools where control and monitoring of Chromebooks is needed. It offers filtering, time management, and trend analysis. It can also be installed as a standalone Chrome extension.
Blocksi Router $60 upfront + $30 / year after 2 free years network parent, general, authority biglist, cloud, filtering, hardware, monitoring The Blocksi router is a physical device intended to be installed as the network router at home for families.
BlockSite browser general, slacker, parent filtering, keyword, password
Boomerang Parental Control $16 / year to $31 / year android parent filtering
BrowseControl $80 windows authority filtering, monitoring
BullGuard Internet Security antivirus
Canopy $8 / month to $15 / month android, ios parent filtering, imagerecognition, location
Cedar Creek Filtering $15 / month network authority, parent biglist, dns, filtering, gateway, hardware The product is a physical router that "plugs in between your WiFi Router and your internet provider's modem".
Cenzor
Child Control $30 windows parent filtering, monitoring, timer
Circle $129 / year android, ios, network parent filtering, hardware, monitoring, timer Circle is a network device that filters all the devices on the network. It is also an App on Android and iOS.
Clean Internet $3-$5 / month android, windows parent, general, addict A Christian company that began in 1998.
Clean Router
Clean Router
$10 - $15 / month network parent, general dns, filtering, hardware, monitoring, smarts, timer
CleanBrowsing free to $60 / year android, ios, linux, macosx, network, windows parent, general dns, filtering, monitoring Similar to the more well known OpenDNS, CleanBrowsing says their filters are more strict and better for kids. Monitoring and custom filtering is available with the paid plan(s).
Cleanfeed authority
clearOS $108 / year to $588 / year network authority filtering, gateway, other Aimed at businesses, governments, and schools, ClearOS is designed to be installed on a router. clearOS sells switches with ClearOS installed and calls them "appliances". It is very similar to DansGuardian.
ClearPlay $8 / month android addict, parent ClearPlay is a service that filters out violence and sexual content from content purchased or rented on GooglePlay, or from special Blu-ray or DVD players.
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 for families free network parent dns, filtering Malware and/or Adult Content Blocking by Cloudflare.
CloudVeil $5 / month android, ios, macosx, windows
Cold Turkey free to $39 windows addict, slacker dns, filtering, timer Cold Turkey is a relatively simple filter designed to support self-control by allowing the end-user to configure times of the week during which to block access to certain websites.
ComputerTime $40 windows parent timer
Content Protect Pro $40 android, macosx, network, windows authority filtering
ContentProtect $40 / year android, windows authority ContentProtect is Net Nanny for businesses.
MobiCIP free to $40 / year android, chromeos, ios, kindle, macosx, windows filtering, monitoring
Mobiflock
Covenant Eyes
Covenant Eyes
$16 / month android, ios, macosx, windows addict, parent, general accountability, filtering, monitoring, timer CovenantEyes has a beautiful website with a lot of articles about pornography. The site seems to target porn addicts and concerned parents with roughly equal emphasis. The focus (and strength) of the software is accountability rather than filtering.
CurrentWare Suite $500 for 5 computers, variable authority biglist, filtering The suite includes Includes AccessPatrol, BrowseControl, BrowseReporter, and enPowerManager. The products are sold to employers who want to control and monitor employees.
CustomBlocker browser general CustomBlocker filters any element on any web site with any condition with XPath and RegExp.
Cybersieve
CyberSitter $40 windows authority, parent filtering
Cyclope-Series authority
Davide
DETOXIFY $5 / month android addict filtering
Disconnect browser general
DNS Angel windows
dnscloak ios general filtering Can be used in combination with DNS filtering services such as CleanBrowsing, Norton ConnectSafe, nxFilter, OpenDNS, Safesurfer, and the like to provide filtering.
Dolphin Secure
E2guardian Web filtering authority, parent filtering, gateway, other, proxy, ratings, smarts e2guardian is a fork and continuation of DansGuardian. It is an open source web content filter that filters based on many methods including phrase matching, request header, URL filtering, etc. Unlike DansGuardian, e2guardian has some support for https filtering, if the necessary authoritative certificates are installed in the browser.
emypeople.net $2 - $20 / month A very small ISP with a mishmash of filtering services for the very conservative. The SafeSentryPro platform does html filtering.
Enologic Net Filter
eScan
ESET Smart Security authority antivirus
EverAccountable $7 / month android, windows addict, spouse monitoring
Family Link free android, ios parent monitoring, timer Made by Google. Works on Android Nougat 7.0 or higher.
FamiSafe $5 / month android, ios, kindle parent filtering, monitoring, timer
Filter Chrome free to $5 / month android addict, parent, slacker applock, filtering, timer Filter Chrome has free and premium (aka freemium) feature sets.
Filter Pak
FinFisher authority
FlashStart authority
Focus $20 macosx general, slacker timer
Focus 45 browser slacker
FocusMe $6 / month android, macosx, windows slacker filtering, timer
Forest android, browser, ios, windows slacker
Forticlient
Fortify
Fortify
free for youth, $39 for adults android, ios, macosx, windows addict education, friends, gamification Fortify is not a filter, but it is similar enough to warrant inclusion here. Instead of filtering or monitoring, it aims to educate and support a porn user as he/she moves toward that goal.
FoxFilter free to $15 / year browser parent, general, authority filtering, keyword FoxFilter is an add-on to Firefox and Chrome designed to "protect children and teens from inappropriate content on the Web." It only works in Firefox and Chrome.
Fragfinn.de
Freedom $2 / month to $7 / month android, chromeos, ios, macosx, windows slacker filtering, timer Formerly called Anti-Social Pro, the software is marketed towareds those seeking to avoid the distractions of the Internet.
RescueTime
FreeFiltering free to $20/month network parent dns, filtering The company offers dns-based filtering if one registers with name, email, mobile phone number, and agrees to receive telemarketing calls. In addition to blocking porn, it also blocks pro-LGBTQ and pro-abortion sites.
FSecure windows general, parent antivirus
Funamo android parent filtering, games, monitoring, timer
Gaggle network authority Intended for schools
GateSentry
Geringo
goguardian authority
Google Play Store Go to Play Store Settings. Select Content Filtering. Choose the maturity level as per you choice. -- http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/20-google-play-store-tips-and-tricks-you-cant-miss.html
Green Dam Youth Escort (Mainland Chinese Government mandated software)
Habitica ios accountability, gamification A to-do app that helps the user form good habits. Its tagline is 'gamify your life'
HostsBlock free to $5 windows
iBoss Home Parental Control Router network
Image Block browser
iNet Safety Bubble (Mobile)
Intego IS Barrier X6 (Mac)
Intent browser slacker timetracking
InternetOff free windows timer
iOS parental controls free ios parent, general filtering, monitoring Also known as Restrictions, iOS Parental Controls allow parents to limit what can be done on iOS devices. Similar to Mac OS X Parental Controls, the website filter can operate in unrestricted, automatic (no adult content), and whitelist-only modes.
iProtectYou windows filtering
Jusprog
Kapersky Internet Security antivirus
Kaspersky antivirus
Kaspersky Pure
Kaspersky Safe Kids $15 / year android, ios, macosx, windows parent filtering, monitoring
KidoZ parent
KidRocket browser parent
Kids Place android parent, addict, general filtering, monitoring
KidsWatch parent
Kinderserver
Knas Based Accountability free android, ios, macosx, windows addict accountability, consequences, monitoring Knas Based Accountability monitors your Internet use. If you watch porn, the staff charge a penalty to your credit card. You choose your penalty when you sign up; the minimum penalty is $100.
LeechBlock browser
LG Gate android authority
Lightning Web Browser $1 android antiad, hermit An Android browser with built-in ad-blocking.
Limit browser slacker Made by freedom.to
Little Web Browser android Little Browser reduces data utilization by displaying only readable content from webpages and by not downloading extraneous contents like scripts and images.
Live Free $5 / month android, ios addict friends
livigent network filtering, hardware, mimetypes, smarts, timer
Mac OS X Parental Controls macosx parent filtering, monitoring, ratings, smarts Mac OS X Parental Controls can operate in three modes: unrestricted, automatic, and whitelist.
Magic Desktop
ManicTime free to $67 android, linux, windows slacker timetracking
McAfee Antivirus $20 / year
McAfee Family Protection windows filtering, monitoring
McAfee IS
Meine Startseite.de
MMGuardian android, ios
Mobile Parental Filter
Mybee.nl
Net Angel $15 / month network parent, spouse, addict dns Net Angel sells home routers that have e2guardian pre-installed. Whenever a website is blocked, a text message is sent to a phone number. As of 2016-11-11, the company also has beta-quality iOS and Android apps that will feature similar techniques.
Net Nanny $13 to $40 / year android, macosx, windows parent accountability, biglist, filtering, monitoring, social, timer
NETBLOX network
NetDefend
Netgear Live Parental Controls network
NetGenie network parent
Netintelligence
Netsanity
Netsanity
free or $7 / month android, ios parent, authority applock, cloud, filtering, games, imagerecognition, keyword, location, monitoring, smarts, timer Uses machine learning to try and classify websites into categories such as porn, gambling, social media, image search, et cetera. The free version just filters porn; the paid version also offers other parental controls. Supports Apple and Samsung mobile devices only.
netsentron $75 / month network authority, parent
Netspark $9 / month android, ios, windows parent filtering, games, smarts, timer
Netsweeper network authority
Ninja Adult Porn Blocker Made by ixstudio.net. Fallaciously claims to be the most powerful adult porn websites blocker.
NoFap Panic Button browser
Norman
Norton Family
Norton Family
free to $50 android, ios, macosx, windows parent, general, addict accountability, monitoring Norton Family has free and paid offerings, both of which are aimed at parents who want to know what their children are doing online.
NX Filter free to $$ network authority, general, parent biglist, dns, filtering, monitoring A DNS-based filter and monitor, similar to OpenDNS, but with user-authentication capability for user-specific rules.
opendium authority
OpenDNS free to $20 / year android, ios, linux, macosx, network, windows general, parent dns, filtering, monitoring Free for home use, OpenDNS is both easy-to-use and popular.
Override DNS $2 android general
Panda
SpySure
Pause browser slacker Made by freedom.to
PC Tattletale authority, parent monitoring
Pearl Echo $30 windows authority filtering, monitoring
pfSense network authority opensource
PorNo! free android, browser addict filtering
Privoxy free linux, macosx, network, windows hermit, general, parent proxy Privoxy is a non-caching web proxy designed to enhance privacy, control access, and remove ads.
Profil Parental Filter 2
Public Fox free but prompts user to install AdBeaver adware browser filtering, password Public Fox can block downloads, prevent browser changes, lock down addons, bookmarks, and more, block unwanted web sites.
Pure Browser android, ios addict, parent filtering It is described as a "Christian browser", it's patron verse is Phillipians 4:8.
PureSight $2 / device / month android, windows parent filtering, monitoring, timer
Purge
Purity Browser $5 / month android, browser, ios addict, parent accountability, filtering
Qbserve $29 macosx slacker timetracking
recoveryBox ios Designed for accountability, recoveryBox, the iOS Mobile App for Addiction Recovery, is an iOS app toolset that facilitates tracking of daily life activities and gaining insight into why you do what you do. Similar to R|Tribe.
Remojo $4 to $5 / month android, ios, macosx, windows accountability, filtering, screenshots
Rescuetime free to $9 / month android, linux, macosx, windows slacker filtering, timetracking
Router Limits free to $20 / month network parent filtering, monitoring
R|Tribe free to $499 / month android, ios addict, general accountability, counseling, friends R|Tribe is an app for keeping track of your emotions and staying accountable to other pepole. For a fee users can connect with coaches via messaging or video.
Safe Browser
SafeDNS $20 / year network authority, parent filtering
SafeSquid $10 / user / year or $5 / CPU hour network authority gateway Designed for organizations, the minimum system requires for SafeSquid are 2GB of ram and 2 CPU cores.
Samsung Knox android authority
Screen Time android parent monitoring, timer
Screen Time by Apple free ios, macosx parent filtering, games, monitoring, timer Apple's Screen Time is on macOS and iOS and it's free. While some have been glad to see Apple beef up parental controls on their devices, Apple has also been <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/27/technology/apple-screen-time-trackers.html" target="_blank">criticized</a> and <a href="https://ww.9to5mac.com/2019/08/08/another-antitrust-investigation/" target="_blank">is being investigated</a> for <a href="https://www.kaspersky.com/blog/apple-fas-complaint/26017/" target="_blank">antitrust behavior</a> for creating Screen Time while also making it difficult or impossible to create competing products.
ScreenRetriever parent
SecureTeen $40 / year android, ios, windows parent filtering, games, monitoring
Security Shield
SelfControl for Mac
SelfControl for Mac
macosx general, slacker filtering, opensource, timer SelfControl is an open source project, the purpose of which is to allow the user to block access to websites (or mail servers) for a predetermined period of time.
SelfRestraint linux, macosx, windows general, slacker filtering, timer SelfRestraint is a cross platform application which blocks access to websites for a predetermined period of time. It was inspired by SelfControl.
SPIN Safe Browser free android, browser, ios parent, addict filtering SPIN is a browser with built-in filtering. It has 4.2 stars in the Android store.
SquidGuard free network parent, general, authority biglist, gateway A URL redirector that can be used with the Squid proxy and that supports large blacklists (altough DansGuardian claims to be significantly faster). It has seen very little modification in recent years.
StayFocusd browser general, slacker filtering, timer StayFocusd is a Chrome plugin that can block "time wasting" websites. It only works in Chrome.
Stop-it free or donate browser
Streaks ios A to-do app that helps the user form good habits.
Strict Workflow browser
SureLock android
Surfgarten
SurveilStar authority
Techlockdown free to $10 / month network addict dns, filtering
Telekom Kinderschutz Software
TFK Internetfilter Plus
the Web Blocker free windows filtering, monitoring The Web Blocker offsers extremely basic filtering. The publisher is hard to find. Use this software at your own risk.
thejnet isp
tinyFilter browser
Trend Micro antivirus
Trend Micro Kids Safety - PS3
Trend Micro Mobile Security
Trend Micro Online Guardian
Triggered $5 / month android, ios addict Triggered is an app that offers a button to help addicts connect with supporters when temptation strikes.
True Vine Online $8 - $10 / month android, ios, macosx, windows parent Originally founded as a dial up ISP back in the late 90s, True Vine now offers the TVO Blockit kit to filter the Internet from a "Christian perspective." The company formerly used FilterPak.
Truple
Truple
$14 / month android, chromeos, kindle, linux, macosx, windows addict, parent accountability, filtering, screenshots Truple captures screenshots at random times.
Trustwave SecureBrowsing free browser
UBhind android, ios addict, slacker applock, monitoring, timer Track your life and/or addition.
uBlock free browser antiad, general biglist, filtering
UserGate network authority filtering Provides an easy way to comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
Verity $70 windows parent screenshots
Victory App android, ios addict journal The Victory App is a combination electronic journal, calendar, and book intended to help the user quit porn.
Vise
Vocatech network isp
WanSecure network authority The site is in German.
WasteNoTime browser slacker
Web Filter (from Lightspeed Systems) authority filtering
WebBlock windows filtering
WebChaver $5 - $7 / month filtering, monitoring, timer
WebCleaner free linux, macosx, network, windows general, parent opensource, proxy A proxy-based project that appears to be abandoned. It was last updated in 2010.
Webconverger linux authority, general opensource Lock your computer to a Web application. Converts an ordinary computer to a kiosk.
Webroot antivirus
WebSafety free android, ios parent monitoring
Website Blocker (Beta) browser
WebTitan $850 / 50 users / year authority filtering, monitoring
Wefisy free with advertizements windows parent filtering, timer
Whitenet
Whitespace ios filtering Removes images from Safari.
Windows Family free windows filtering, games, timer Windows Family Safety may have noble intentions, but it can easily lure a parent into a false sense of security if the Chrome browser is on the computer. In particular, on Windows 8.1, even with the maximum protection settings that indicate a child will only be allowed to access the sites specifically allowed by the parent, Google Chrome allows google.com and youtube.com regardless (albeit with safesearch enabled but that is far different than the no sites setting a parent might try to select). The editor of this site just tried to use Windows Family Safety to prevent his 5 year-old from using the Internet and was appalled to discover the child would be able to watch Shakira's half-time show, contrary to the implied settings. Whether Microsoft or Google are to blame is unknown. Perhaps both.
WOT free browser general biglist, filtering WOT is a browser plugin that displays a trust-level icon next to sites, based on input from users from around the world. It works in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Opera.
xBlock $50 ios, macosx addict filtering
Xbox 360
Xooloo
Zone Alarm Security Suite
ZoneAlarm windows parent antivirus
Zscaler network authority
Geder $9 - $16 / month android, macosx, windows
Telochat android, macosx, windows addict, slacker
ADAMnetworks
ADAMnetworks
$8 / month network parent, spouse, authority, addict dns, filtering ADAMnetworks aims to keep people safe as they live and interact onlilne.
Plucky
Plucky
free to $15 / month android, linux, macosx, windows addict, slacker changedelay, filtering, mimetypes, monitoring, timer Customizable, but blocks all images from the Internet by default. It offers a delayed configuration feature for self-control.
Safesurfer
Safesurfer
free to $5 / month android, ios, network parent dns, filtering, monitoring A freemium DNS service for families with children. The monitoring features require a subscription.

Audiences

addict
Internet (often porn or game) addict or compulsive Internet user who wants to quit. See also slacker.
antiad
A person who wants to avoid ads online.
authority
A school, library, government, company, business, or other corporate entity that wants to restrict Internet access of their students, patrons, citizens, employees, clients, or members respectively.
general
A person who doesn't have a strong leaning toward one of the other audience categories.
hermit
A person who is concerned about their privacy when using the Internet.
parent
A parent who wants to protect their offspring.
slacker
A person who finds themselves too often distracted or wasting time on the Internet. This is similar to but different from the addict.
spouse
A spouse who wants to monitor or limit their partner's activity on the Internet. This audience is not categorized on this page. See instead products for parent or authority.

Platforms

android
The software works on Android.
browser
The software works in one or more browsers such as Brave, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, Opera, Vivaldi, Safari, and the like.
chromeos
The software works on Chrome OS.
internet
The product is an Internet site.
ios
The software works on iOS.
kindle
The software works on a Kindle.
linux
The software works on Linux.
macosx
The software works on Mac OS X.
network
The software works on a network device such as a router.
windows
The software works on Windows.

Features

accountability
The software notifies an accountability partner, parent, or spouse regarding Internet activity or filter configuration, typically over email but sometimes using another means such as RSS.
antivirus
The software is part of an antivirus product. Most antivirus products come with some type of parental controls.
applock
The software can block user access to programs. See also games.
biglist
Filtering is accomplished through a large database of categorized resources.
changedelay
The software allows the end-user to configure it without a password, but will not allow the change to take effect for some amount of time.
cloud
The software interacts with data in the cloud. E.g., a list of websites to block are retrieved from a remote server.
consequences
A fine must be paid if the end-user views porn.
counseling
The software helps connect the user to a real-life counselor or coach.
countermeasures
The software will notice and respond to attempts to work around it. E.g., k9 can be configured to block all Internet access for a specified time if too many attempts to visit blocked pages are detected.
dns
The software filters or monitors DNS names.
education
The program consists of educational material that helps a user change behavior.
filtering
The software blocks some content. There are several kinds of filtering.
friends
The software helps the user communicate with a supportive community.
games
The software can block user access to other programs (typically this is used to limit game time).
gamification
The software motivates the user by helping the user track progress and get "rewards" (points) as in a game.
gateway
The software is meant to be installed on a network router separate from the end-user machine. In the case of a gateway filter on this page, the OS value lists all operating systems to reflect the fact that the end-user machine may have any operating system. Such software is typically created for schools and employers.
hardware
The software comes preinstalled on a device that connects to and filters for the local network.
imageless
The software supports an imageless mode in which no images or videos are rendered.
imagerecognition
The software uses image recognition. See also skin and pixelation.
isp
The service is marketed as an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
journal
The software is or includes a journal feature to help the user reflect. See also education and motivation.
keyword
Filtering is accomplished on the fly through keyword detection within web pages.
location
The location of the end-user is tracked and usually presented to another person (ostensibly the end-user's parent).
mimetypes
Filtering can be done on a mime type basis. E.g., Pluckeye can block all images from https://www.google.com/ , but still allow text.
monitoring
The software monitors Internet activity or filter settings for the purpose of allowing a parent, accountability partner, or other person to view. See also accountability.
motivation
The program, site, or software is designed to help motivate the end-user through messages, education, journaling, and the like.
opensource
The software is open source.
other
The software has other features that do not fit one of the other feature categories.
password
The software allows or requires configuration to be protected by a password or administrator login.
pixelation
The software uses computer vision algorithms to analyze images and pixelates ones that contain too much skin.
profanity
The software can detect profane words and replace them with #$@! characters.
proxy
The software is a proxy and requires browsers be configured to use it (note that this meaning is specific to this page). See also gateway for another kind of proxy.
ratings
The software uses self-identifying website ratings such as as <a href="https://www.rtalabel.org/">RTA</a> and <a href="https://www.safesurf.com/">SafeSurf</a> or the discontinued <a href="">PICS</a> or <a href="">POWDER</a> labeling systems.
screenshots
The software takes screenshots so that some other person can review what the user was doing.
self-control
The software has features oriented towards self-control.
skin
The software uses computer vision techniques to dynamically recognize skin in images. See also pixelation.
smarts
The software tries to determine whether content should be allowed or not by examining content. This is sometimes used in combination with biglist techniques and sometimes as an alternative.
social
The software specifically monitors interaction on social media sites such as Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter, etc., with the intent of informing a parent about how their child is interacting through these sites.
timer
The software can be configured to enable or disable access to the Internet or parts of the Internet for a specified amount of time or time of day.
timetracking
A variant of monitoring, timetracking emphasizes the amount of time spent on various activities. Many tools that have monitoring also have timetracking and vice-versa.
urls
The software filters or monitors urls.