Verity Parental Control Software Review

Verity child monitoring software includes many of the important features and tools you need to protect your kids online. You can block specific programs and websites as well as track online searches and chat messages. You can also look at all the websites your child views.

Our Verdict

Verity could be easier to use and lacks some recording tools, but it helps you monitor you children’s online activities.

For

  • You can purchase Verity on a physical disc, so you can protect your children without having to renew a monthly or yearly subscription.

Against

  • This parental filter software doesn’t monitor smartphones.
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Verity’s setup wizard helps you through the installation and setup process.

Verity’s setup wizard helps you through the installation and setup process.
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You must configure each setting based on your own standards since Verity doesn’t have any presets.

You must configure each setting based on your own standards since Verity doesn’t have any presets.
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Parental control preferences allow you to run Verity for all users or for specific users.

Parental control preferences allow you to run Verity for all users or for specific users.
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You define prohibited activities and what Verity does when those activities take place.

You define prohibited activities and what Verity does when those activities take place.
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Verity’s time limit feature lets you determine how many hours your child spends online or on the computer period.

Verity’s time limit feature lets you determine how many hours your child spends online or on the computer period.
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You can set how often Verity takes snap shots of the computer screen while it is monitoring so you have a visual report of exactly what your child is viewing online.

You can set how often Verity takes snap shots of the computer screen while it is monitoring so you have a visual report of exactly what your child is viewing online.
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You can access help documentation through Verity’s dashboard.

You can access help documentation through Verity’s dashboard.

Verity child monitoring software includes many of the important features and tools you need to protect your kids online. You can block specific programs and websites as well as track online searches and chat messages. You can also look at all the websites your child views. This internet tracking program is just a little less intuitive to use than other applications we tested, and its recording features are less sophisticated than its competitors’.

Verity lets you whitelist and blacklist applications, but you need to know the executable file names, which could be challenging if you’re not very tech savvy. In addition, you can schedule usage times for your children, but you need to do so in military time. This child monitoring software doesn’t have preset filters, age restrictions or category controls, though similar programs do. Instead you must manually set all restrictions and controls yourself. Some of these are minor inconveniences, but compared to other parental monitoring software, Verity makes keeping your kids safe a little trickier.

The software includes a keylogger tool, which captures what your child types and displays it in the parent reports. This lets you see the exact terms your children search for and what they say to their friends in chat programs. You can also set the program to capture screenshots at various time intervals so you have a visual report of exactly what your child sees when they use the computer.

You can check reports about your child’s computer use from any internet-connected device, but you can only set filters and use other monitoring features on the PC you have Verity installed on. It also doesn’t have cell phone monitoring tools to help track your child’s internet use on their phone. If smartphone monitoring is an important feature for you, as it is for many parents, Qustodio is a great program with cell phone monitoring among its many features.

Verity is sold as either a download or CD. The program installs directly on your PC and doesn’t require a monthly or yearly subscription to use, though this also means you don’t get regular software updates as with programs that charge a subscription fee.

Installation is straightforward, and Verity’s telephone support is decent overall. It only comes with a single license, so you have to purchase multiple copies of the program if you want to monitor more than one computer.

Verity child monitoring software is missing a few tools that would make it much easier to use, but most of the basic ones are there. This software filters out many of the dangers your child may encounter on the internet and records their activities online. After you purchase the program, you own it outright, so there is no need to pay a monthly or yearly subscription fee to continue to use it.