Optenet PC Review

Optenet PC

 

 

Summary
Optenet is a good overall product, with aggressive filtering and a good selection of features.  While Optenet’s heuristic filtering is prone to some overblocking and it isn’t as secure as some competitors, Optenet provides solid parental controls.
Buy: http://www.optenetpc.com
Price: $39.99

Manageability
Installation of Optenet was straightforward, but we found the interface not as smooth as some of the best parental controls.    We were able to quickly create user profiles and add categories and sites to block or unblock.  Optenet has work to do to catch up with competitors in Internet activity reporting, as Optenet only provides a list of URLs that aren’t parsed down to domain name.

Accuracy
Optenet’s porn blocking was very accurate at 99%, but like many programs that rely heavily on heuristics, this comes at a price.  Optenet blocked 23 percent of the sexual health sites, high enough to likely cause some noticeable interference with normal surfing.  Optenet did well with the violent sites, blocking 87 percent.

Security
Like most parental controls, Optenet blocks proxies one at a time, and Optenet blocked most of the proxies we found, but several proxies we found weren’t in Optenet’s database.   Optenet also failed to block Google cache and translation sites, allowing me to use these sites to access blocked content.

Features
Optenet has a good set of features, including time management, the ability to block applications such as, Instant Messaging, e-mail and games.  Missing are automatic alerts to warn parents of inappropriate activity, and more detailed reporting.

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  2. The best review of this software I found thus far. Especially the comments about domain names and security. Thanks!!

    • saying I am a very mature girl doesn’t means anntihyg in particular because 99% thinks that they are mature and in reality they are not. We have examples of 50 years old person who will never get mature enough.Parents are parents with different ideas and not the same as in other families than ours,For now the only you can do is to keep talking with them about it from time to time and possibly they will realise that trully you are mature enough.If you do not listen and you insist in your opinion it doesn’t show maturity.Another fact is that even though many 12 years old have fb accounts this it doesnt mean that is the right thing to do.Fb will put you in trouble in the future and especially when you are grown up and prospect emplyers will have access to all the foolish things you was doing as a kid,Many people are suffering because all they did in their lifes is public knowledge and now they regret about that.Keep that in mind and you will see that it doesnt give you any advantages a fb account.

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