TopTenREVIEWS - Bronze Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

PureSight PC internet filter software is the TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award winner. As internet threats against children have evolved, PureSight PC internet filter software has placed particular emphasis on protecting kids while using chat and instant messaging programs because, unlike websites that draw a general audience, they aim directly at the individual child. While adult predators are always a concern, cyberbullying among kids is disturbing. Filtering of objectionable websites is central to any worthwhile internet filter software and PureSight PC has this issue covered with multiple layers. While using extensive databases and white and black lists, this web filtering software also incorporates artificial intelligence to recognize sites that are too new to be included in any database. The emphasis of this protection, as well as that offered in chat and IMs, is to prevent harm from occurring in the first place rather than simply reporting it after the fact. PureSight PC internet filter software is primarily a cloud-based application. The client that is resident on any protected computer is small and nimble.

Feature Set
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PureSight PC is a comprehensive internet filtering software package. You can access the application from anywhere that internet access is available. This lets you check the effectiveness of the rules and modify them if you like. Individual profiles can easily be set for up to 10 users so that you can adapt the internet filter software to each child’s needs. The PureSight PC program works exactly the same on Android-based cell phones as it does on computers, so kids remain protected even when they’re mobile.

There are multiple levels to the protection. PureSight always allows access to websites that have been placed on the white list and never allows those that have been blacklisted. These are added to extensive, frequently updated databases that provide a basis for web filtering. Parents have the option to add specific sites to either white or black lists. Though the black and white lists are pretty effective, they are fairly static in the fast moving world of the internet, so no database can ever identify all harmful sites. That’s where the artificial intelligence comes into play. It can identify problem sites that have yet to be screened for any database.

Similar artificial intelligence is at work in chat rooms, IMs and on social networking sites. Most internet filter software applications that address these programs can identify inappropriate words and screen them out or notify parents, PureSight can identify words and phrases that are not yet in databases. This is particularly significant because this sort of communication often contains acronyms, abbreviations and intentional misspellings. ACI identifies the offending terms and takes action based on rules that have been established by the parents. While internet filter software is well known for intercepting sexual terminology and profanity, PureSight places particular emphasis on the dangerous topics common in cyberbullying. This added level of protection has become critical as the schoolyard bully reaches over the internet into the home.

Ease of Use
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PureSight internet filter software allows you to make any adjustments from any computer with internet access, even if the program isn’t installed on it. Even if you choose to make no adjustments to the default settings, they’re likely to work well for most people – all you have to do is enter your child's age. On the other hand, the application strikes a nice balance between simplicity and customizability. It’s simple to impose additional restrictions or to ease a specific one that’s part of the default settings.

Ease of Installation
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7.5
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7.5

After downloading the installation file you can create a family protection profile. Then you add profiles to customize specific protections for up to 10 kids. While the default settings for the age range may well satisfy your needs, you can add or remove restrictions for each child.



 

Filtering Effectiveness
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PureSight internet filter software is browser independent. That’s important for a couple of reasons. First, protection is consistent regardless of the browser. Also, the program operates at the Winsock level so any attempt to thwart it will be ineffective. The program can’t be uninstalled from a computer without the parental password.

The actions taken by PureSight are completely adaptable based on parental choices. The most stringent control level is "block." It completely denies access to a site. In chat and IM applications, this setting blocks the entire chat session as well as further correspondence with the contact unless the parent overrides it. The "conceal" option masks specific words and expressions but allows the conversation to continue. Flagging doesn’t interrupt the conversation at all but reports misuse to the parent with the questionable content highlighted. Finally, you can “allow expressions” if you wish to only receive a periodic report of the usage. There’s also an option, with any of these settings, for the parent to receive alerts immediately rather than waiting for the periodic report.

PureSight’s detects web lingo, chat acronyms and misspellings that are so common online. The program has a remarkable capability to get to the real meaning of a term, regardless of the extent of the attempt to disguise it. When PureSight internet filter software makes its reports to parents, it provides a translation of what’s meant by the acronym or abbreviation.



 

PureSight PC Summary:
8/10

PureSight PC internet filter software protects children from online danger. Unlike some programs that notify parents when inappropriate behavior is encountered, it can be set to prevent it in the first place. This is particularly critical with regard to cyberbullying, where the results can be immediate and long-lasting for the victim.

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PureSight PC 2011

Pros
Protects against cyberbullies and online predators. Provides protection on Android phones.

Cons
Occasionally blocks benign sites.

The Verdict
: 8/10

Among the best internet filter software available. Makes great use of AI to protect kids.