Staying safe online is about much more than just ensuring that you manage to steer clear of viruses and malware, there are plenty more things to consider – particularly in a family environment in which children are making use of the internet. AVG Family Safety 2012 is a comprehensive safety suite that can be used to ensure that your children stay safe online and don’t view inappropriate content.
The suite includes a number of tools including a keystroke monitoring utility that can be used to monitor your children’s online chats, emails and web usage looking out for keywords that might be indicative of unwanted activity. Should any of your chosen trigger words be detected, you can be alerted via SMS or email so you are aware of what is going on.
If you have more than one child, it is possible to set up profiles for each child who can have different settings and restrictions in place – as younger children grow up and learn more about using the internet, the settings you have in place can be relaxed as appropriate. It is possible to not only block the content of a list of known web sites, but also to monitor searches that are performed using a number of popular search engines to prevent unsuitable content from being displayed.
Protection is provided when browsing the internet, using social networks, and it is possible to restrict the amount of time that can be spent online. The purchase price for AVG Family Safety is a annual subscription fee, and the software can be installed on up to three computers at the same time. For the average home, which is likely to have two or more computers, this is ideal and a great way to keep your family safe online whilst saving money.
Note that there is a separate version for iOS.