Action Alert is another great product that I have had the privilege of reviewing as a TOS Crew member. It has been featured on NBC's Today show, was the winner of Disney's iParenting award, and is the only internet safety solution endorsed by the Child Safety Network!
There are several of the above features that I loved, some that I wasn't too crazy about, and some that didn't matter to me one way or the other. Let me explain:
What I Loved:
I think my absolute favorite tool is the Activity Video Recording that records 60 hours of ALL PC activity and lets you watch it in video format complete with pause, rewind, and fast forward.
Another was the Keystroke Logging tool that logs user names and passwords. One of my children has a bad habit of changing his passwords without telling me because he is constantly trying to keep his twin sister off of his computer. I don't appreciate not having access to my children's computers at all time and this tool assures that will not happen when I am running the program.
Content Filtering allows only "safe searches" to be performed and if a flagged word or phrase is searched, a notification is sent to your Action Alert Manager, your email, and can also be sent to a cell phone if you choose to set it up that way.
What I Didn't Like:
This program slowed down my system and made it freeze on numerous occasions. After using the program for several weeks, I finally had to remove it. Once removed, my computer ran like normal again.
I also did not care much for the Site Blocking because of constantly having to type the password in to access the blocked sites (and there were A LOT of blocked sites). I am not so naive as to think that my children would never ever access a website that they weren't supposed to, but for the most part, I trust them right now. Having said that, I do think that this is a feature that I could utilize in the future when my younger children are online more to ensure they will not accidentally access a website that they shouldn't and also when my older children reach their (rebellious) teenage years and have an itch to do something they know they aren't supposed to.
While there were some tools I was neutral about personally, I can see how they could be well utilized by other families.
Chat and Email Logging
As a homeschooling family, we are almost always home together and everybody usually knows what the other person is doing (and if not, believe me, there is always somebody willing to let everybody know). If I were a working mother, rather than a homeschooling stay-at-home mother, having something like the Access Control would be a great tool to have since it allows remote shut down of the computer that Action Alert it installed on.
I think that this program has everything, and more, that a parent could ever want in internet safety. I've never seen another program that can compare to all of these features.
If you are interested in Maximum Protection for your kids, Action Alert is currently offering 33% off their regular price making it $19.99 with a 30-day money back guarantee.
They also offer FREE Protection via download and sets up and is ready to use in seconds.
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Read what other TOS crew members thought about this product HERE.