CYBERsitter, from Solid Oak Software, is internet filter software with loads of features and capabilities. The program creators bring a lot of real-world experience in protecting kids online. You can customize your filtering with almost any program that connects to the internet, including instant messaging programs and email accounts.

The parent has almost complete control over what kind of content is viewable and the program does an excellent job of foiling attempts to change the settings by unauthorized people. It is unlikely that your kids will be able to get around this protection program. CYBERsitter offers excellent ways to track and monitor surfing on the computer discreetly. The program creates reports about visited sites and records of IM conversations. It emails all of the information to the parent administrator on a daily basis. If you are looking for this kind of discreet monitoring, you will especially like this feature because you can monitor the program from a remote location (anywhere with an internet connection) and change the settings on the filter from outside your home.

There are 35 available categories of content that the package can monitor and filter. These include the standards such as sex, drugs and pornography along with quite less common ones: gambling, cults, file sharing and free email sites. You select the ones you are concerned about and the trust the program to do the rest. Beyond the typical filtering capabilities, this program is unique in that it can scan hard drives for objectionable material. It will also find any spying programs that may have been installed on your computer.

CYBERsitter is a little tricky to get the browser to work in conjunction with the internet filter software.

CYBERsitter puts all the features to good use and provides a solid defense against objectionable content. The program will only block the specific categories of content that you select, so you don’t have to worry about it accidentally blocking content that you want to flow freely. The program uses a database of objectionable sites and word patterns to filter the sites you visit. Just a database of URLs can be inadequate, so the word-pattern identification keeps the filtering up-to-date and dynamic. The program relies on actively identifying content rather than just comparing information to already known problem areas.

This program is especially useful for instant messaging and email. Instead of blocking anything that doesn’t meet expectations, there is an option to simply blank out bad words or offensive phrases so you can still read the rest of the email or conversation.

Ease of Use
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6.9/10
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Ease of Installation
Compare
7.5/10
Net Nanny
McAfee Family Protection
PureSight PC
CYBERsitter
CyberPatrol
Profil Parental Filter
imView
10
9.8
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5






CYBERsitter Summary:
7.4/10

This is one of the most effective programs you will find for filtering offensive content on the internet, in emails or in IM conversations. The package takes an impressive list of features and combines it with superior customizability and effective filters to create an effective internet filter for your home.

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CYBERsitter

Pros
CYBERsitter filters web browsing, IMs and email. It scans hard drives for objectionable material.

Cons
Configuration with web browsers is a bit complicated.

The Verdict
: 7.35/10

CYBERsitter is among the most effective internet filter programs, especially for email and IMs.