iPhone, iPad, iPod (Apple)
|Price||FREE||$89/year or $9.50/month||$140/year or $13/month|
|Internet Block (prevent website browsing or searching)||YES||YES||YES|
|Whitelist Filtering (allow specific websites only)||YES||YES||YES|
|Block App Store (prevent installing apps)||YES||YES||YES|
|Remote Management (settings can be adjusted from anywhere)||NO (any changes need to be done in-office.)||YES||YES|
|Category Filtering (filters websites based on categories)||NO||YES||YES|
|Content Filtering (actively scans websites in real time)||NO (has an adult content filter that tries to block the worst of the worst and is NOT recommended)||YES||YES|
|Image Filtering (scans images in real time)||NO||YES||YES|
|Safe Search (filters Search results within Google)||NO||YES||YES|
|Time Control (turn off all data on a schedule)||NO||YES||YES|
|YouTube Filtering||NO||YES (YouTube is still NOT recommended)||YES (YouTube is still NOT recommended)|
|Skin-tone Shading (fills in the various shades of skin with other colors)||NO||NO||YES|
Q. How come a couple of years ago the filters were free?
A. A few years ago we did not have reliable filters. Now we do. Products used in the past did not actually filter the internet. Some tried to limit categories of websites, relying on massive lists of “clean” websites. Any website was fully accessible – regardless of content. So when a website like Amazon was available, the entire website was available, including images and content that were inappropriate. The filters TAG installs operate like a water filter. A water filter gives you the water and filters out the harmful items. So too, you get the websites and the harmful items get filtered out.
Q. I don’t even want internet – just my apps. Do I even need a filter? Why can’t I just use an Applock like before?
A.You absolutely need a filter! Since the majority of apps contain access to Facebook, Google and Youtube, even people who do not want any internet (websites) still have access. In addition, the newer updated operating systems rendered the use of an Applock useless as they created significant loopholes.
Q. What is the difference between Apple Restrictions and GenTech/NetSpark?
A. There are major differences.
- Apple Restrictions doesn’t actually filter. Apple restrictions limits access to whatever is set up. And whatever is left is fully accessible. For example, if Google is available, the entire Google is available and nothing is restricted.
- GenTech/NetSpark are filters that can remove questionable content from search results, and inappropriate images from web pages and filters the apps themselves.
- All Apple restriction settings are on the device itself. Meaning all changes have to be done within a TAG office. GenTech/NetSpark settings and adjustments are done remotely meaning you don’t have to be in our office.
- Again Apple restrictions do NOT filter images.
GenTech/NetSpark have a full customer support division beyond TAG’s service.
- GenTech/NetSpark filters content within apps. Meaning it will filter images and content within Amazon for example.
Q. What is the difference between Netspark and GenTech?
A. There are a couple of differences between Netspark and GenTech.
- GenTech uses a proxy to filter.
- Netspark uses a VPN.
Q. Which one should I choose?
A. That depends on you and your device. The following questions are designed to guide you.
- Is price a big deal? GenTech/NetSpark aren’t free.
- Do you need the full internet or Google? If no, then you can use IOS Restrictions with internet blocked or a small whitelist.
- Do you look up everything on Google? IOS restrictions isn’t a filter so you need to go with GenTech or NetSpark.
- Do you only use your phone for talk and text message? Use IOS Restrictions.
- Do you have a lot of apps on your phone or might need significant customer support? Consider GenTech