Qustodio

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 31 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.160.9.131
  • Total Downloads:
    25,565
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 09, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (Some features disabled after 3 days); $44.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    1.13MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    20
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Qustodio helps parents keep their kids safe online by leveling the playing field against the biggest threat: your tech-savvy kids, themselves. Even the cleverest little minds will find it all but impossible to bypass Qustodio's constant monitoring of their online activity: What sites they visit, who they visit with, and what they say and do. It covers social media sites, e-mail, and the sites kids visit, not to mention the ones they shouldn't; Qustodio blocks access to those sites, and you know which ones we mean, plus any you deem inappropriate for the progeny. You can configure separate accounts with different settings for each child, so the 13-year-old doesn't have to share the 8-year-old's security levels, even if you think they should. And even Little Einstein will have a hard time cracking Qustodio's shell. Here's another break: Qustodio is free.

When you install Qustodio, you must close all your browsers to enable the program's security features and toolbar icon. Next comes an extensive but easy, wizard-based setup process that involves creating a password, entering some personal and family information, and setting up separate accounts for each child. But don't fret; it's one of the friendliest wizards we've encountered, with each step explained and even nicely illustrated, and the whole setup process is topped with a video tutorial. In setting up an account for each child, we accepted the default settings, though it's easy to change them later and customize each account's settings, avatar, and other options. We could also choose to hide Qustodio; something that will appeal to parents of older children. Once we'd set up and activated Qustodio, it didn't take us long to find sites for it to block! Of course, we'd have to spend a lot of time online to generate the sort of activity reports Qustodio depicts in examples; but not to worry: your kids have that part covered, as you'll see when you access their log files.

Parents who want to know what their kids do online should try the easy-to-use (but hard to bypass) Qustodio.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Very buggy, incomplete, and bad customer service"

November 07, 2014  |  By jlfreund

 |  Version: Qustodio 1.150.3

Pros

Good reporting of websites visited on the PC

Cons

- Extremely poor iOS support. They could but choose not to do any time tracking of overall device usage, instead limiting their support to tracking websites visited on their proprietary web browser. The web browser is not usable, as it cannot open certain types of links (which are necessary for my daughter's homework)

- Extremely poor customer support. A complaint on the problem above went completely unanswered after 1 week.

- Very poor black listing. Their website advertises the capability to filter based on category (entertainment, adult content, drugs, violence, etc). But in reality, they seem to ignore content and seem to reject all websites they "don't know about". This includes rejecting: "pbs.org", Google Classrooms, and many other educational sites with no possibility of intersecting restricted categories. It is a huge headache to have to white list websites a day after they are needed to complete a school assignment.

Summary

This app was a huge disappointment. I can use it to monitor PC web content, but cannot rely on it to restrict content, which means I must disable the content restriction feature. I cannot rely on it to limit time usage since my daughter needs an iPad for school and time limits on the device are not supported outside their buggy browser.

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5 stars

"Really helpful program"

June 16, 2014  |  By blindtoto

 |  Version: Qustodio 1.150.3

Pros

I installed it on my son's laptop and mobile phone and his navigation is now restricted to non-pornographic websites, which is great.

Cons

Can't think of any

Summary

Got kids? Install it

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5 stars

"Happy Customer"

May 21, 2014  |  By ssosotte

 |  Version: Qustodio 1.150.1

Pros

I've 4 kids at home in different age groups but all sharing the same computer. Qustodio helped me create separate accounts with separate restrictions and it all works seamlessly without any kinds of issues.
I also love the fact that I can set time limits on their online adventures and that even the brand new pages get blocked in real time categorization. For all that the app offers, I am happy to be a premium user.

Cons

Price might be a bit expensive but worth it

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5 stars

"Has improved by many miles in the last few versions"

May 21, 2014  |  By healthette

 |  Version: Qustodio 1.150.1

Pros

I decided to try Qustodio after reading through some of the positive reviews and must say that Qustodio, as it stands today, is one of the best in the business. I was pleasantly surprised by their support for 5 devices and being able to control all of them through the very intuitive Dashboard. Being able to set time restrictions on applications is yet another killer feature. The biggest of them all though, is the ability to see what my kids do on Facebook.

Cons

None, I m happy with this App so far.

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5 stars

"A nice promising app!"

May 09, 2014  |  By pikkakelly

 |  Version: Qustodio 1.150.1

Pros

Qustodio was recommended by a friend who mentioned some of the features like advanced Facebook monitoring, activity logs, and single dashboard for all devices. So I was tempted to try it. A couple of months down the line, I now own the premium version and couldn't be happier.

The fact that I can pull off reports just when I want, control all my 4 devices (laptop, 2 phones and a tablet) through a very easy to use Dashboard, and view what my two sons do online, and particularly on Facebook, I see a great value for money. Some call it expensive but considering what I was paying for my earlier app, this one is well worth the money.

Cons

My only suggestion is to make the app cover more devices within the price range. That will perhaps ward off the high-price tag criticism.

Summary

Free or Paid version, win-win for you and your family

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5 stars

"Happy user!"

May 09, 2014  |  By blindtoto

 |  Version: Qustodio 1.150.1

Pros

I've 4 kids at home in different age groups but all sharing the same computer. Qustodio helped me create separate accounts with separate restrictions and it all works seamlessly without any kinds of issues.

I also love the fact that I can set time limits on their online adventures and that even the brand new pages get blocked in real time categorization. For all that the app offers, I am happy to be a premium user.

Cons

Price for Premium might be a bit expensive but worth it

Summary

A must download if you have kids

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4 stars

"FREE!!! It's very important!"

February 14, 2014  |  By Michelle_001

 |  Version: Qustodio 1.140.1

Pros

Free and easy. Protect all browsers.

Cons

Can not limit PC by time at all... Does not works without internet connection... So it is only Internet filter.
I use it together with Time Boss Pro - 100% result!

Summary

I recommend to use it together with classical parental control program

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5 stars

"100% free is the best feature"

December 31, 2013  |  By Narciso23

 |  Version: Qustodio 1.140.1

Pros

I have tried so many employee monitoring softwares. Nothing comes close to the user-friendliness and cloud based system of

Qustodio. What's more? It's 100% free.

You can limit the time to use the Internet. Put it in each device, email notifications, it's not needed to be techie.

Qustodio all day. Give it a try. Highly recommended for parents and employers.

Cons

There is no restricted time limits for example only at 6pm-8pm facebook, but it limits the domain all day without exception.

Printing and email scanning is not included. That's all.

Summary

It's 100% free for 1 user or device what more can you ask for? Download it and give it a try, you will never regret it.

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1 stars

"Good intention, Bad implementation"

October 24, 2013  |  By thatcreepergamer

 |  Version: Qustodio 1.130.5

Pros

It does its job to a tee. It does everything it says on the website video to an excellent extent. Now, you may ask, why the crap does this suck.

Cons

As a user of the application (I'm in high school) on my school computer, I certainly understand the value of such an application, since I have a gaming computer without any restrictions. The problem: Its the slowest application on my computer. I'm running a Macbook Pro with a 2.4ghz 8 hyper threaded core Intel i7. The second I installed qustudio my computer speed dropped by 1/4 or half the speed. Having built my own computer I find this terribly unbearable. Today I found my RAM to have maxed out (I was running on virtual memory). True, I haven't shut down the computer in a week, but considering my Dad's iMac (which is barely faster, and the RAM is slower, although the same amount) has run for months at a time without shutting down, this is bad. I am now searching for a better application.

Summary

Despite 'working', the slowness of the app makes it unusable until its optimized. I know most parents won't care about the speed of their child's computer, but I ask you to consider at least looking for a different, faster, application. This is terrible!

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4 stars

"Excellent tool needs a couple enhancements"

September 25, 2013  |  By dorsalmo

 |  Version: Qustodio 1.130.3

Pros

Can filter by content, but also allows for exceptions. Monitors by child *and* device. Generates daily and/or weekly reports on internet and social activity. Works like a charm on both PC and Android devices. Some features are limited in the free version, but it is usable even if you don't pay. A big plus is that the program doesn't crash all the time and screw up internet access. Other monitoring software I've used was a constant source of annoyance in this regard.

Cons

The biggest problem is that Qustodio doesn't monitor iPhone internet use through Safari. You have to get your kids to use their browser. This just doesn't work. They say the set up they take you through will prevent another browser from being installed, but my son managed to do it.

A really helpful enhancement would be a link on the "this page is blocked" screen that allows a parent to add an exception right there (after entering the password) instead of having to go to the Qustodio family portal page and enter it.

Summary

Notwithstanding a couple issues, this tool is better than any other free parental monitoring software I've found. Check it out!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.160.9.131
  • Facebook contact discovery fix
  • Disable SSL for non-protected users
  • Java apps monitoring & blocking
  • New Komodia Engine
  • Full ModernUI app monitoring and blocking
General
Publisher Qustodio
Publisher web site http://www.qustodio.com
Release Date November 03, 2014
Date Added November 09, 2014
Version 1.160.9.131
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Parental Control
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.13MB
File Name QustodioInstaller.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 25,565
Downloads Last Week 20
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Some features disabled after 3 days
Price $44.95

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