What is CYBERSitter?
CYBERsitter is an Internet filtering product made by Solid Oak Software, a family-owned company that has been making filtering products for 15 years. CYBERsitter blocks inappropriate sites and is able to detect sites that might give your computer viruses, spyware, and other bugs. It keeps a record of all sites your child visits so that you can look over the record and detect any dangerous patterns early on. Reviewers are especially complimentary of its ability to record chat and IM conversations.1
As of August 2010, the newest version of the product is CYBERsitter 11. It is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. It costs $39.95 for a 1-year subscription for 3 computers. You may purchase licenses for additional computers and years for an additional cost (you can see pricing by clicking here).
Cybersitter 11 offers the following features: 2
- Internet history log that remotely monitors the activity on your computers
- Facebook chat conversations and posts monitoring/recording
- Twitter posts monitoring/recording
- Https filtering
- Customizable filter settings (have different filter settings for each user)
- Internet time limits/scheduling
- Block and override options
- DNS server integration
- Pick and choose which applications you want to filter/block
Top Ten Reviews
Top Ten Reviews ranked Cybersitter 11 three out of eight on its Internet filter software list.
They didn't like the complicated browser configuration and its image efficiency.
PCMag editors gave Cybersitter 11 a rating of fair (2 1/2 out of 5).
They liked that it was browser independent, easy to set up, and customizable. The also liked the website log, automatic DNS configuration, new filtering technology, and lower price.
They didn't like the filtering efficiency during testing, the lack of other features (besides filtering), and that children with Admin access could modify the website history log,
In February 2009 CNET editors gave Cybersitter 9 three out of five stars.