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Parental Control Tools

New and expecting parents have more things to consider when letting their children grow up in terms of what content they can be exposed to. Parental supervision is often only so finite when it comes to the nearly infinite content the Internet can provide. That’s where these apps come in to help. Software like K9 Web Protection implements content filtering so kids can only access the websites their parent or guardian approves.

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    1.  Built-in VPNUnified hosts file with base extensions has a built-in VPN feature that enhances your privacy and allows you to browse the web from anywhere.
    2.  Privacy focusedUnified hosts file with base extensions is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Root requiredRequires root to use Unified hosts file with base extensions, mainly relevant for Android apps.
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  2. Energized Protection icon
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    6 alternatives to Energized Protection 

    This Energized System is designed to be available for all OSs, systems. gets a list of domains that serve ads, tracking scripts and malware from multiple reputable sources and creates a hosts file that prevents your system from connecting to them.

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    1.  Privacy focusedEnergized Protection is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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  3. FlexiSPY icon
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    FlexiSPY is the original "phone spy" software - it's been on the market since 2005. FlexiSPY has been covered by multiple media outlets and has an extraordinary reputation for its unique features and excellent customer service.

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    1.  Root requiredRequires root to use FlexiSPY, mainly relevant for Android apps.
    FlexiSPY private dashboard: this what you see when you login to the portal.
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  4. Qustodio icon
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    Qustodio helps parents protect their kids online. See how they use the Internet, set healthy access limits, and protect against dangerous or inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and online predators.

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  5. Help your family create healthy digital habits Whether your children are younger or in their teens, the Family Link app lets you set digital ground rules to help guide them as they learn, play, and explore online.

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  6. iKeyMonitor icon
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    37 alternatives to iKeyMonitor 

    iKeyMonitor is a parental control app for kids' phones. It allows parents to protect their kids from online dangers by monitoring text messages, calls, installed apps, keystrokes, Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and more.

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  7. Norton Family icon
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    68 alternatives to Norton Family 

    Norton Online Family protects your kids from online predators by allowing you to understand what your kids are really doing online and spot potential dangers before they become problems

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  8. Spapp Monitoring is the next generation of smartphone surveillance software. This mobile tracker application records the incoming and outgoing phone calls, sms and surroundings. It tracks gps locations, the browser activity and messages from applications like Whatsapp, Facebook...

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  9. FamilyShield, powered by OpenDNS, blocks adult websites from home computers for free, with no software to install.

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    Not a separate product anymore, it's now part of the OpenDNS icon OpenDNS offer.

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  10. Micro Keylogger is an invisible keylogger for Windows system that records keystrokes, passwords, websites, clipboard text, downloads, applications and more. All the logged data will be delivered to preset Email inbox or FTP space for remote checking.

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  11. Netgear Genie icon
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    4 alternatives to Netgear Genie 

    NETGEAR genie App is an easy, way to manage, monitor and repair your home network--from the palm of your hand. While on your home network NETGEAR genie app allows you anywhere-in-the-house access to all the cool features on your router without having to boot up your computer:...

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  12. Remotely monitor your children's mobiles. TheTruthSpy allows you to secretly check the copy of their activities directly on TheTruthSpy application!

    Free functions:

    • Free 48 hours, for all function.
    • GPS locations (FREE) See the GPS locations of the mobile device on a map.
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  13. Spytm.com is an android app to monitor / spy mobile. Track location, read contacts, sms, whatsapp chats, keylogger, notification, call recording, screenshot, capture front & back camera picture, access photos & videos. Live sound recording, Apps.

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    1.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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  14. Mobile Tracker Free is a free application for monitoring your phone. Track SMS/MMS, Call logs/recording, Location, Contact, Photos, Facebook, WhatsApp, Application tracker and more features.

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  15. XNSPY icon
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    34 alternatives to XNSPY 

    XNSPY is also amongst those few spying apps that offer a spy solution without jailbreaking iPhone/iPad. The app comes with an affordable price tag and lots of features.

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    1.  Root requiredRequires root to use XNSPY, mainly relevant for Android apps.
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