PROS / It runs invisibly on the device.
CONS / You have to pay extra if you want to keep and review any monitored data beyond the default seven-day period.
VERDICT / You can track and see reports on a variety of details, but this software doesn't give you much in the way of alerts or restrictions.
WebWatcher can help you monitor your kids' cell phones to make sure they aren't viewing any inappropriate content or talking to unsavory people. It is slightly limited in what kind of alerts and restrictions it can set, but it is decently compatible and has a few plan-length options. However, it doesn't store your monitored data for long, and you have to pay to keep it for longer.
Depending on your needs, you can opt for either the month long or yearlong plan. The software enrolls you in a recurring subscription plan when you buy it, so you need to remember to either cancel in advance or budget the renewal cost into your budget. It's compatible with iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices. The iOS version of the software doesn't require you to jailbreak the device, but you must have iCloud access and up-to-date credentials. However, iCloud is easy to delete or sign out of, which stops you from monitoring.
You can view basic activity with this cell phone parental control software, such as calls and texts, along with what apps your kids have installed or their GPS location and history. However, it doesn't let you view their existing contacts or calendar events. It does show you low-resolution versions of any photos taken on the device, though.
In our tests, we were disappointed to see that WebWatcher is quite limited in its capacity to set limits and alerts for the monitored device. Typically, the best cell phone spyware lets you set a myriad of restrictions on apps, internet browsing and usage time but this program simply does not have that kind of functionality. The only real perk this software has, as far as alert setting goes, is that it lets you create a simple keyword alert, which notifies you if your child searches for certain keywords online or uses them in a conversation.
Despite its limitations, this cell phone spyware is reasonably easy to install and use. Navigation on the interface is simple, though it's not the most intuitive or visually appealing. Something worth noting is that you won't necessarily be done spending money on the product after purchasing it: If you want to keep and view your data beyond the default seven-day period, you have to pay handsomely to keep your data for 14 or 30 days. It also limits you on the quantity of screenshots you can take on the monitored device, and if you need more, you have to pay more. Aside from this, the software provides simple reports on collected data, and it runs invisibly on the device, so your children won't notice it at work.
You can connect with WebWatcher's customer support representatives via email, phone or live chat, and they can answer your questions or concerns about the product. For more information, you can also check out the FAQs and blog on its website.
WebWatcher is limited in what kinds of alerts and restrictions it can set, and in how long it can store your monitored data. However, it offers decent device compatibility, plan-length options and a variety of data it can track. Backed by quality customer service, it can monitor an array of your child's data and activity for up to a year at a time, with renewed subscription.