We all know how important parental control software is to help keep children safe on the internet, but it can be a large expense – especially for families on a budget. Fortunately, there are some affordable solutions out there that not only offer low prices but even include totally free versions. Two great examples of this are KidLogger and Qustodio. Both solutions offer some great ways of keeping kids away from online dangers. However, they both go about it in different ways. KidLogger uses keylogging and screenshot captures to show you exactly what your kids are up to, while Qustodio focuses more on blocking content that you don’t want them to see. But how do they stack up against each other and, importantly, is it worth investing in their premium versions?
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Moldova-based KidLogger has been going since 2001, making it one of the oldest parental control solutions out there. As you may have guessed from the name, KidLogger’s primary function is to work as a keylogger, recording whatever your child types into their device. On top of that, the software also takes periodic screenshots to show you exactly what your child is doing. With KidLogger’s desktop versions, there’s also the (somewhat intrusive) ability to see images taken discreetly by the webcam and listen to ambient noise from the microphone. From the KidLogger dashboard, you’ll see how much time is spent on an app and websites visited, although there’s no way to filter content.
As well as working on desktops, KidLogger has mobile apps for Android and iOS. But while the Android app allows you to set up schedules, block apps, and even see photos, the iOS version only gives you GPS tracking. KidLogger’s free version works for up to five devices with nine days of log history and 9MB of disk space. Parents can pay to upgrade to larger capacity, with low prices compared to the rest of the market – even working out cheaper than Qustodio.
Although Qustodio launched more than a decade after KidLogger, the Spanish software has made a huge name for itself. When it comes to monitoring your child’s online activity, Qustodio has similar features to KidLogger, like showing you time spent online and websites visited. If you’re uncertain about how suitable a website is for your child then you can use the helpful Web of Trust integration, which will give you a breakdown of the site’s content. Anything that is flagged by Qustodio as being inappropriate will be reported to you immediately by email, allowing you to act quickly.
Qustodio is available on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire tablets. The mobile apps are particularly polished making use of GPS tracking, with the addition of a panic button that when pushed sends an alert to the parent’s phone with the child’s exact location. Like KidLogger, Qustodio has a free version, although you don’t get the full range of features. And while Qustodio isn’t the cheapest solution on the market, you can test out the full version with the free 3-day trial.
Although KidLogger and Qustodio offer free versions of their software, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot to offer. KidLogger’s keylogging and screenshot capturing will let you know exactly what your child is up to online. Meanwhile, Qustodio is a polished solution that allows you to filter what content is shown. However, when it comes to saving money KidLogger offers its full product for free, with payment only needed to upgrade its capacity. Whereas to use Qustodio to its full potential you’ll need to upgrade to a not-so-cheap premium edition. However, since both are available completely for free – including a trial of Qustodio’s premium features – it’s well worth testing each out yourself to see which is more appropriate for your family.
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