Net Nanny

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Net Nanny
The Net Nanny 6 interface, shown on a computer running Windows XP.
Developer(s) ContentWatch, Inc.
Stable release
7 (Windows) 3.0 (Mac)
Operating system Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, iOS and Android
Type Content Control
License Proprietary EULA
Website Net Nanny Homepage

Net Nanny is a brand of content-control software marketed primarily towards parents as a way to control a child's computer activity. The flagship product allows a computer owner to block and filter Internet content, place time limits on use, and block desktop PC games.[1]


The original version of Net Nanny was released in 1995. It was developed, created and branded by Gordon Ross in mid 1994 after viewing a sting operation on a pedophile soliciting a child in a chat room, which led Ross to believe that society would need an internet protecting service in the new age of the internet. The software was designed as a means to keep families and individuals relatively safe when surfing the net, but more importantly it was designed so freedom of speech and choice would be kept alive on the internet. Late 2002 it was sold to BioNet Systems who in turn sold it to Looksmart technologies in April 2004. In January 2007, it was purchased by ContentWatch, Inc.[2]

Reviews[edit] rates Net Nanny as #1 in "Internet Filter Software",[3] and "Best Parental Software".[4] ranks it amongst the top 3 best Parental Control Software.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Internet Safety with Net Nanny Content Filtering Software". Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  2. ^ Rubenking, Neil (2008-02-01). "11 Critical Security Apps - Net Nanny". Ziff Davis, Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  3. ^ 2014 BEST Internet Filter Software Review - Product Comparisons
  4. ^ 2014 Best Parental Software Reviews and Comparisons
  5. ^ Top 3 best reviewed

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