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Mobicip is an integrated browser with deep parental controls that can replace the browsing tools on your child's iOS device. Because it actively replaces Safari, YouTube and the App Store, it allows parents to more strictly monitor and control what children can access from their mobile devices, a tool that while not lacking in iOS, is often underused in most apps.
When you start Mobicip for the first time, you'll be prompted to create an account, which will allow you to monitor and control access to content through the app. After creating the account, you are prompted to turn off access to other apps in the system like YouTube, Safari, and the App Store, making it so users can only access the Web through Mobicip. Once this is done, you have full control over the access restrictions, and the interface is not only intuitive, it's deeply integrated with iOS, making it possible to control a lot more than the straight iOS options ever allowed you to.
There are a lot of parental control apps on the App Store. Some of them offer more features and tools, but they are much more complicated to operate. Mobicip is a well-designed app, it is easy for you to manage, and it offers fairly solid tools to control what children can access and do inside the app. This makes it a powerful tool in your parenting toolkit and a great replacement for the controls offered by default on iOS.
Safe Browser is the most popular parental control app for the iPhone, iPod touch & iPad. The optional web-based dashboard allows you to monitor browsing history remotely and setup a custom internet filter across tablets, smartphones and computers.2013 PARENTS' CHOICE AWARD WINNER2012 TECH & LEARNING AWARD OF EXCELLENCE WINNERAPP STORE TOP 100 FOR OVER 3 YEARSFOR FAMILY, SCHOOL & BUSINESS"I'm sold" - CNET"A Fabulous Product" - The iPhone Mom"Best App" - iPhone Apps Plus"Must Buy" - App Advice"Works Exactly Like Safari" - New York TimesMobicip is built by a team of parents like you. We believe that every student and family deserves a safe online experience on their favorite mobile devices and computers.YOUTUBE FILTERThe filtering engine scans every YouTube video and filters it based on the title, description or keywords.WiFi HOTSPOTSMobicip encrypts all Internet traffic for over-the-air protection at unsecured WiFi hotspots.BUILD YOUR OWN FILTERUpgrade to a Premium subscription at Mobicip.com and build your own customized internet filter. CUSTOM FILTERING FOR MULTIPLE USERS FILTER BY CUSTOM PHRASES AND KEYWORDS BLOCK/ALLOW CATEGORIES BLOCK/ALLOW WEBSITES SETUP TIME LIMITSMONITOR BROWSING HISTORY REMOTELYUpgrade to a Premium subscription at Mobicip.com and view detailed browsing history reports online or via email. Reports show activity by USER DEVICE TIME OF ACCESS ALLOWED SITES BLOCKED SITES BLOCKED REASONSAFARI-LIKE BROWSERMobicip offers the richest Safari-like interface and user experience among alternate iOS browsers. FULLSCREEN MODE (iPhone & iPod touch) AUTO-HIDE TOOLBARS (iPhone & iPod touch) TABBED BROWSING (iPad) PINCH & ZOOM LANDSCAPE MODE BOOKMARKS BOOKMARK FOLDERS URL HISTORY URL SUGGESTIONS MULTIPLE WINDOWS PERSISTENT COOKIES COPY & PASTE SAVE IMAGESDisable Safari, YouTube and the App Store (Settings > General > Restrictions) and setup Mobicip as the default browser.AGE-BASED FILTERINGSet your filtering level at Elementary, Middle or High School, or at the 'No Filtering - Reports Only' level.The school filtering levels apply filtering standards used by K-12 school systems. The filter uses a combination of methods to keep your child safe, including strict safe search, categorization, and intelligent real-time content analysis.STRICT SAFE SEARCHKids most often encounter inappropriate content by accident through search. Mobicip enforces strict safe search on all popular search engines.CATEGORIZATIONMobicip categorizes every accessed website against a master category database. Database updates are pushed out constantly behind the scenes to stay ahead of threats.INTELLIGENT REAL-TIME ANALYSISMobicip's intelligent real-time content filtering engine uses advanced heuristic algorithms to dynamically analyze and rate every single website, blog, or web content as it is accessed.SUPPORTS 3G, EDGE, WiFi NETWORKSFREQUENT BROWSER UPDATESONLINE TECHNICAL SUPPORThttp://www.mobicip.com/helpdeskTESTIMONIALS"The look, feel and performance are terrific. I have noticed no difference between using this browser and Safari using both 3G as well as WiFi."App Store Review by LaertidesThe icky possibilities of the internet are endless and if Santa manages to put an iPod Touch on his sleigh for my kids this will be one of the first apps that I install.TheiPhoneMom.comMobicip LLC is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.Recommended Ages: all, parentsCategories: Parents
What's new in this version: - Support for upcoming iOS upgrade- Other bug fixes
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"No change from paid service v. free"
Version: Mobicip Safe Browser With Parental Control 3.4
Basic (free) services work as advertised.
Paid services only give you access to more menus; however, any changes you make on those menus MAKES NO DIFFERENCE on the device. It behaves the same as the free version. Custom phrases to block don't get blocked, white/blacklisted websites don't get updated. All you end up with is a $9.99 charge on your credit card and access to the free services.
Save your money.A short time after submitting a ticket the premium/paid features started working.
Updated on Jun 8, 2013
"Great filtering for my iPads and Windows 7 laptops"
Version: Mobicip Safe Browser With Parental Control 3.2
- Filtering works very well
- Excellent Safari replacement in ipad
- Good customer support
- Does not slow the system( both ipad and Windows)
- Nothing much to mention here
- Does not support Mac books. One of my kids uses a Mac book and I have to shop around for a different filter. It will be great if Mobicip works on Mac too!
"No protection here. Save your money."
Version: Mobicip Safe Browser With Parental Control 3.0
The only Pros are the positive reviews which must be put out by people at Mobicip.
The Support Team is incompetent. It is near impossible to speak with an actual person. They are happy to take your money and provide nothing in return.
Support Team is incompetant. Brought a problem to their attention-Mobicip was not sending a report for the activity on the phone-and asked for a resolution. Had to follow up to actually get a resolution. Then, they said the problem was "fixed." What they actually did is remove Mobicip from the phone and unblock everything. My son had a field day with YouTube once again. I have never seen anything like this poor level of customer service. There is no quality control.
Incidentally, even when Mobicip was on the phone, YouTube would work intermittently meaning the block was not always working. Save your money.
Will pursue a refund and buy something that actually works.
"Expensive, support is paainful"
Version: Mobicip Safe Browser With Parental Control 2.8.2
filters some websites - was able to easily see google images.. pointless.
Charges you to buy the app, then charges you again for a yearly subscription (credit card).. frustrating!
Took over an hour to finally get setup on the browser .. once setup it was OK, although it took 3 days to hear back from support, and when I did, it was just a canned response (and the website I sent *still* wasn't blocked) - Installed mobsafety instead, still waiting for a refund..