The Net Nanny 6 interface, shown on a computer running Windows XP.
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Net Nanny provides a content-control software marketed primarily towards parents as a way to monitor and control their child's computer activity. The software allows a computer owner to block and filter Internet content, place time limits on use, and block desktop PC games.
The original version of Net Nanny was released in 1995 by Gordon Ross, who became inspired to create an internet protecting service for children after viewing a sting operation on a pedophile soliciting a child online. The software allows parents to block certain websites and control their children's amount of screen time. Websites are blocked by content rather than URL. This prevents children from accessing blocked websites through proxy websites. In addition, Net Nanny allows parents to receive a warning if their child searches a flagged topic.
Late 2002, Net Nanny 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. In 2016, Zift, a digital parenting company, acquired Net Nanny from Content Watch.
Net Nanny was rated first by TopTenReviews.com in "Internet Filter Software" and fourth in "Parental Control Software" in 2017. PCMag also posted an online review stating that "Net Nanny is fully at home in the modern, multi-device world of parental control, and it still has the best content filtering around."
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