What is NetNanny?

NetNanny is a filtering program produced by ContentWatch, Inc., one of the first participants in Internet protection. The NetNanny website also includes a learning center to help provide information to keep families safe online. ContentWatch is a Microsoft Certified Partner. ContentWatch was founded in March 2000.1

NetNanny products include:


The following are links and summaries of Net Nanny product reviews.


BrightHub gave Net Nanny 6.0 an "Excellent" rating (their highest rating) for system requirements, setup, interface, features, Help & Support, an Price to Value. They rated Performance as "Good" (the second highest rating possible). Bright Hub lowered the product's rating in performance because they found the program didn't work well with certain anti virus programs (causing an increase in boot time). Read the Full Bright Hub Review

CNET Review

CNET Editors gave Net Nanny 6.5 four out of five stars.

CNET liked the Content PRotect customizable filtering, the pop-up blocker, the blacklist / whitelist option, and the reporting feature. They tested the program to see if it was easily uninstalled (they couldn't do it) and felt the administrative password did a good job protecting the program. A few banned sits got through during their testing process, however they still felt that overall they felt that NetNanny was a "robust filtering application that should keep surfing clean." 2

Read the Full CNET Review gave NetNanny 6.5 a "very good" editor rating (4.5 out of 5). Overall they recommend the product.

Here are some of the pros PCMag listed: obscenities on otherwise ok pages were hidden, dangerous IM conversations were flagged, ESRB based game control, detailed activity reports, hacking resistant, can distinguish good and bad web pages within a site. 3

Here are some of the cons PCMag listed: Time control doesn't span more than one computer, and intrusive social network tracking. 4
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Star Reviews

Star Reviews gave NetNanny 6.5 their highest rating. They liked the inexpensive controls that covered a broad range of internet activity (social media, instant messaging, etc.) and the pre-loaded profiles customized for each family member. They weren't so crazy about the fact that if you forget to log off and your child gets to the computer within ten minutes, they can act like an adult user and access unrestricted content. 5 Read the Full Star Review.

Top Ten Reviews

Overall Top Ten Reviews would recommend this product and calls it "the best and most effective internet filter software [they've] found." 6

Top Ten Reviews listed the following pros and cons: 7

Pros: Comprehensive filtering and blocking. Regulates social media, proxy sites and games.

Cons: Sometimes blocks harmless news sites or forums requiring parental override to access.

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