Verity Parental Control Review

These days, the emphasis on parental control software is a matter of prevention rather than punishment. Verity is an effective website blocker that can ban specific sites from being accessed by certain users, but it does not work well as a pornography filter.

Our Verdict

Verity performs well as a monitoring program by taking screenshots of computer activity but falls short in features that can help prevent certain activities from taking place.

For

  • It can take screenshots of computer activity at programmed intervals.

Against

  • There is no feature for filtering websites by category.
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Verity image: When you install Verity, you can choose to run the program in stealth mode, or you can opt to show a popup warning for all users.

Verity image: When you install Verity, you can choose to run the program in stealth mode, or you can opt to show a popup warning for all users.
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Verity image: The administrator dashboard lets you view all recorded activities, including screenshots. You can also access usage reports and make changes to parental controls.

Verity image: The administrator dashboard lets you view all recorded activities, including screenshots. You can also access usage reports and make changes to parental controls.
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Verity image: Parental control preferences allow you to run Verity for all users or specific users.

Verity image: Parental control preferences allow you to run Verity for all users or specific users.
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Verity image: The program administrator can define prohibited activities and what the system does when those activities take place.

Verity image: The program administrator can define prohibited activities and what the system does when those activities take place.
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Verity image: The time limit feature enables you to set limits on how many hours your child spends online, as well as what hours they are able to access the computer.

Verity image: The time limit feature enables you to set limits on how many hours your child spends online, as well as what hours they are able to access the computer.
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Verity image: Activity log settings let you choose what activities to track and how often the system automatically snaps screenshots. Chat monitoring activation can also be set here.

Verity image: Activity log settings let you choose what activities to track and how often the system automatically snaps screenshots. Chat monitoring activation can also be set here.
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Verity image: Help documentation is accessed through the program dashboard.

Verity image: Help documentation is accessed through the program dashboard.

These days, the emphasis on parental control software is a matter of prevention rather than punishment. Verity is an effective website blocker that can ban specific sites from being accessed by certain users, but it does not work well as a pornography filter. This doesn't mean it's not a program worth looking into, as it has a number of monitoring features that many internet filter software programs don't offer.

One thing Verity has that few other programs do is the ability to record keystrokes. While this feature may seem to be a bit far reaching, it doesn't record password or login data. The ability to turn screenshot capture on is another important feature that can literally show you what your child is doing online. Verity also has an effective chat monitoring feature.

When combined, these monitoring capabilities can be used to seek out evidence of cyberbullying or sexual harassment – or worse. Unlike some internet filter software programs, Verity doesn't have the ability to automatically identify instances of cyberbullying or sexual harassment. Instead, you are required to root out evidence on your own; however, it is possible to do so. There are other programs, such as Surfie, that makes tracking and stopping cyberbullying and sexual harassment easier without having to setup any filters or look deep for the information.

Reporting and notification features can tell you how much time your child spent online, what websites were visited, if any prohibited websites were attempted, online searches performed and can present you with all screenshots taken during a given timeframe. Additionally, Verity has a time management feature that allows you to set certain off-limits hours during the day and even gives you the option to set maximum daily time limits.

Help and support channels are numerous, with certain exclusions. There is no live chat option offered and telephone support costs extra; however, you can communicate with tech support via email and there is an online user guide that is accessed through the dashboard. Verity is compatible with PC computers running Windows Vista, XP, 7 and 8 but is incompatible with mobile devices and Mac computers.

Verity internet safety software has a number of highly usable features that could make it an attractive child monitoring option. However, its lack of basic features like category-driven content filtering makes it less effective than other available programs.