Installation and Usage
The features sound pretty good don’t they? Here’s the bad news – the tool doesn’t work.
The site lists the system requirements as the following:
- Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
- Internet Explorer 5.5+
- Firefox 1.5+
- New! - Safari 10.4+
Considering Safari is only on version 4 as of this writing, I’m assuming WRAAC’s reference to “Safari 10.4" refers to Mac OS X 10.4. Seeing as the WRAAC considers their support of a four year old OS X release"New" I should have realized the fun that was to come.
My test system is running Windows XP with Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.05. I started my testing using IE8.
Installing the toolbar worked fine – you’re presented with a wizard to help set up the parental access password. So far so good.
I started out in Parent mode – I was able to browse sites, add items to a site block list and change my password. The interface is easy to move through and pretty intuitive. The troubles start when switching over to Child mode. The filter ended up blocking nearly every site. Of the following sites I tested, only two were not blocked - Yahoo and Google.
Sites Blocked in Child Mode:
I thought maybe this was a fluke as IE8 has it’s own share of problems, so I decided to fire up FireFox. Unfortunately the browser wouldn’t even bring up my home page. It froze while loading. I did a few reboots and had the same issues in both browsers. I thought this time maybe it was my PC. I tested on another PC and had the same issues. After doing some searching, I found several people who have the same issues.