In my home:
- There's a Windows 8 laptop, which I use often.
- And there's a Samsung Galaxy S Relay cellphone, running Android 4.1.2, which I use sometimes.
I want to help prevent myself from viewing pornography. (I've already joined a twelve-step program for sex addicts, but I still want a second layer of protection.)
I've installed some Web filtering software called Qustodio on the laptop. I chose Qustodio because it allows me to filter one Windows user account (mine) and leave the other account unfiltered (someone else's).
I want to install some filtering software on my cellphone too. The free version of Qustodio has some limitations built in, so as to encourage users to upgrade to the paid version. It looks like the free version originally used to work on a maximum of two devices per household, but that the limit has since been reduced to one device per household. I've done a bit of experimentation. I've found that this limit means that I can't install the free version of Qustodio on the cellphone unless I first either:
- upgrade to the paid version, or
- remove the software from the laptop.
I would rather not pay for filtering software.
Perhaps there exists some good multi-user alternative to Qustodio for Windows. Or perhaps there exists a good alternative to Qustodio for Android.
(Dansguardian is no longer maintained, but a fork, called e2guardian, is maintained. If e2guardian works on Android, I could root my phone and install it — either atop Android, or atop GNURoot Debian atop Android. But I'd rather not bother. Plus, a few years ago, I looked into the matter. At the time, I read that it wasn't a good choice on Android at the time. It's really designed to be run on servers, not on cellphones, and it hasn't yet been packaged to be easily installable on cellphones.)
Do you have any suggestions, tips, ideas, or random thoughts?
[Edit: TopAttack isn't a fancy website, and the English skills of the author(s) aren't perfect, but their comparison of parental control software is useful because it includes information about freeware options. Judging from the screenshots at the bottom of each full review, it looks like they use the Windows version of each product. Fine. Anyway, I learned from their comparison chart that the free option which they liked second-best was Norton Family. I did a Google search and it looks like Norton Family includes multi-user support for Windows. Because WebChaver point out that mobile-device filtering is harder to do reliably than desktop-PC filtering, I think I'm going to try running Qustodio (the best free product) on Android, and Norton Family (the second-best free product) on Windows. TopAttack do point out that Norton Family can't hide its UI, but maybe the Windows "Notification Area Icons" control panel will help me. If I end up not liking the Android version of Qustodio, maybe I'll instead try Mobile Fence, which has good Google Play store reviews.]