Having access to the internet is a necessity for many families including my own. It’s a great tool to have the ability to utilize on a daily basis. We use it for more than just checking our emails. Some of those uses are: my husband goes to school online, we pay bills or purchase things, but we use it mostly for educational purposes. Even though the internet can be useful for good things there are also many potential dangers on the web for parents of children to be on the lookout for. This is why I would like to share with you about this next product we reviewed.
Action Alert is a parental control software that provides internet safety for families. It comes with “everything needed to create a safe environment on the family computer”. Action Alert helps you:
* create a kid safe PC (by using website blocking/filtering)
* control time spent on the computer
* view any suspicious activity (through alerts sent to your phone/computer email)
There are currently two versions of this downloadable software to choose from. It comes in a free or maximum protection for $29.99. With the free version you’ll have “everything you need to set up a kid-safe computer”. The maximum protection comes with the ability to have multiple user protection, full social network monitoring, ect. Action Alert offers these 8 internet safety tools:
Be sure to read and familiarize yourself with the dangers that can come with using the internet. This page tells you all about the parental control features. For our review we received the Maximum Protection. The software was easy to install and comes with a manager page that has a user manual (tutorials) for whatever help you may need. I highly recommend reading that once you get the software installed. Just click on the icon on the tool bar at the bottom of your desktop screen to take you there. If you have questions about the software there is a FAQ section on their website. After I installed the software I noticed Action Alert automatically sets itself as the "home page" on all the browsers in my PC. You will want to take note of this in case you already had something else set up previously as your home page. As you can see below Action Alert has been recognized and received awards for providing a safe way for your family to enjoy the internet.
We didn’t get a whole lot of use out of the software. My son is not mature enough yet for dad and I to let him independently use the internet on his own. He only uses it to do online educational sites for kids that we already have set up for him to go to. When he wants to look up something on Google we’re always setting near him to see what he’s doing at all times. He doesn’t know our passwords to get past the startup screen on our laptops nor does he use a computer anywhere else but at home so what we’re doing for now is all the precaution needed.
My husband and I did test the program to see what would happen if you did type in certain words you don’t want your kids looking up. It did send me an email about the activity and my computer locked me out of being able to do anything. I just had to type in the password in order for me to get back on to use it. I didn’t like the fact it kept locking me out though. I ended up having to disable Action Alert so I could use my laptop. You can also view recent activity via a video when you click on the Action Alert icon and select the viewer option. For what I’ve seen it looks like a good software program to use. For updates on what’s new with Action Alert be sure to like them on their Facebook fan page. My other crew mates had a chance to use this in there homes. Click here to see what they thought of this program.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. I was not paid to write this but received the maximum version of Action Alert free of charge to review, and give my honest opinion.