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Veridium's Homeguard protects you and your kids online and offline by blocking offensive material, monitoring and recording activity, and limiting access time. It monitors and filters email, chat, and other social media; takes activity-based screenshots; and sends email notifications. It runs in the background, undetectable and inaccessible without the master password. It can't be closed, bypassed with proxies, or uninstalled without administrative permission. Homeguard is free to try for 15 days. We tried Homeguard's 64-bit version in Windows 7 Home Premium SP1.
Homeguard's installer prompted us to create a password, write it down, and save it in a safe place. We agree. Some say never write passwords down, but lost passwords sometimes can't be retrieved. We initiated system monitoring and started the Viewer, which summarized activity in an easy-to-read table on its home page. The toolbar accessed screenshots and other recorded data. The built-in keylogger recorded every keystroke in every open program in text files. Thumbnails and tree views made it easy to view and organize saved data. The Basic Settings are anything but basic: We could set exclusions, keyword triggers, blocked and allowed sites, printer access, removable devices, time limits, and much more. Extensive online help includes a full manual plus extra material on filtering, security issues, and related matters.
With Homeguard, you can see everything your kids are doing online. It's easy for you to use and hard for others to detect or remove.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of HomeGuard (64-bit) 1.8.3.
From Veridium Software:
HomeGuard is an advanced parental control and activity monitoring tool for family and child safety online and offline. Once installed HomeGuard will silently and automatically block all pornographic and inappropriate content online and record detailed website activity including time of visit and time spent on each website. Plus a built in keylogger, activity based screenshots, chat and email monitoring and filtering, program or games blocking and time restrictions, Internet and computer usage time restrictions, email notifications and more. HomeGuard is virtually impossible to tamper with, it cannot be bypassed using proxy servers and is unclosable and uninstallable unless the administrative password (provided during installation) is used.
August 14, 2017
Version: HomeGuard (64-bit) 3.1.3
Latest version can block groups of applications..very handy when you want to set a total time limit on all games instead of separately setting the limits for each game like most other program blockers do.
The new UI for choosing time limits is just perfect way better than having to manually enter the times.
Impressive performance, no impact on my machine's speed despite it being a 3 years old machine. Monitoring is very extensive, everything thing is logged! There are some features I didn't need so far, like the printer monitor/blocker but it is nice to know they are there if I need them. This is also very well hidden it is not listed in the task list or anywhere else and doesn't show any warnings when blocking something it just shows a regular system/internet error.