WHS 49 – Mobile Internet Filtering and Accountability: Mobicip – The Wired Homeschool

It’s not often that you come across a filtered browser that supports nearly every major operating system.  I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon Mobicip Safe Browser which is available for  iOS, Android, Kindle, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

Not only is Mobicip available on several platforms, it’s also a great deal starting at $4.99 for multiple mobile devices.  

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I was unable to get a promo code in order to do a hands-on test of Mobicip for iOS. I do have a small budget for iOS apps but since I already use another browser on my iPhone I didn’t want to spend money for an app I wouldn’t be using. (Since the release of this podcast and article, I’m using Mobicip exclusively on my iPhone. -John) That being said, this will be an overview of the Mobicip Safe Browser rather than a functional review.

The standard disclaimer applies when dealing with third-party browsers on iOS: you can’t set it as a default, Safari should be disabled, and some features of Safari cannot be replicated due to the limitations of the iOS SDK.

Features

Age-based filtering – choose filtering a level at Elementary, Middle or High School. Mobicip uses filtering standards used by K-12 school systems. I think this is very handy and makes configuring Mobicip very simple.

Strict safe search enforced at all filtering levels. This helps prevent accidental discovery of inappropriate content.

Frequent updates to the Mobicip database. Sites visited are categorized and added to their database and updated often.

Intelligent real-time content filtering (not just URL-based) in the event your child comes across a site that hasn’t been categorized .

Encrypted traffic for added security over public WiFi. This is something I really like. No worrying about your kids being snooped on.

YouTube filter that filters videos based upon keywords, title, and description.

Premium features include: view your child’s Internet activity, customizing the filtering engine, and time limits. Premium features are available for an additional $9.99 annually per device.

Final Thoughts

I really would have liked to do a hands-on review of this product for iOS (Note: since the release of this podcast, I’ve done a hands-on review). On the Kindle Fire it functioned as expected. I didn’t encounter any trouble viewing sites, creating bookmarks, or using multiple tabs. Having the ability to choose a filtering level is very helpful. Mobicip Safe Browser is aimed directly at kids’ use of mobile devices. I’m very pleased with the encrypted connection over wi-fi and the enforced strict safe search features. This goes a long way in protecting your kids.

Mobicip Safe Browser - Mobicip.com
Mobicip Safe Browser
Cost: $4.99
Category: Education
Language: English
Rated: 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

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