McAfee Family Protection

McAfee Family Protection is offered by one of the largest computer security companies in the world. In 2010, McAfee acquired Safe Eyes, which was a leading parental control program, and has leveraged that into McAfee Family Protection.
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Features

McAfee Family Protection is available for Windows and Mac computers:

  • Website blocking in up to 35 categories
  • Monitor social networking activity by recording when personal information is posted, and when profane or sexually explicit terms are used
  • Manage the amount of time your children spend on the Internet
  • Block file sharing programs and access to inappropriate programs
  • Use encrypted site blocking to stop your kids from accessing secure websites that might have inappropriate content
  • Manage online TV and movie viewing based on MPAA ratings
  • Block inappropriate YouTube content with unique filtering technology
  • Stop your children from previewing and downloading explicit music and videos on Apple iTunes
  • Monitor and record instant message conversations, and detect cyber bullying and improper conversations with strangers
  • View and understand your children’s online activities
  • Receive instant email or text alerts when your children attempt to access a blocked website

Performance

McAfee Family Protection offers some unique features, such as monitoring for online TV, YouTube video, and iTunes. Configuration is Web-based so you can easily configure all of the computers in your household. Because so many children and teenagers use mobile devices, Macs, and tablet computers, the lack of support for these devices puts McAfee Family Protection at a disadvantage.

Pricing

A one-year subscription is $49.99 for up to three Windows PCs. They offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. They also offer a bundle with McAfee Antivirus Plus for $74.98.

Technical Support

McAfee provides technical support by phone from 8am to midnight EST 7 days a week, along with email support.

Conclusion

McAfee Family Protection is a good choice if your child uses only a Windows PC, but not if they use a Macintosh or also have a smartphone or tablet computer. For Windows PCs, McAfee offers excellent value, performing expected parental control tasks efficiently and also providing additional features not included with many parental control packages.

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