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15 thoughts on “How does the Covenant Eyes iPhone Filter Work?

    • Your Accountability and Filtering settings aren’t handled in the app itself…so if you reset your iPhone or install the app on an iPad, you’ll just need to sign into the browser app, but your Filter settings won’t change. Does that help?

  1. Do you anticipate it being possible in the future to click on a link in an email or text and have it launch the CE browser app?

    • That will depend more on Apple, not us. Until they allow other browsers to be default browsers, we are stuck with what we have.

      We are planning other tools for iOS devices that might provide long-term solutions. We hope to change our overall strategy for iOS, which may solve the problem you are talking about.

  2. I saw under instructions you said, “using your device’s restrictions, lock down Safari, YouTube, and other apps that access the Internet.”

    Can you give me instructions on how to lock Safari?

    Thank you-

  3. The code to lock out safari (that a friend or partner can set so that it can’t be accessed) must be the same code as the unlock for the phone. This would keep the user from even unlocking the phone. Is there an answer to this? Otherwise it’s useless.

    • It depends what sensitivity your filter is set to. We have several age-based settings and Craigslist is currently rated T for Teen. That’s a base level rating, of course. Specific pages can rate much higher depending on the content.

  4. So an app that uses it’s own in-app browser when a link is clicked (like say a TOA link for a Chase mobile app) and pulls up a browser that can be clicked is not tracked even after the restrictions are put on the iphone. Is that what you are saying that the app only monitors itself and actually not all internet activity from the phone.

    • Right now the iOS 7 Restrictions allows you to filter content on the iPhone, regardless of browser, even if it is a built in browser for another app. If you set those Restrictions correctly (in theory) the iPhone should block inappropriate content, even if you click on a link in the Chase mobile app. How well that filter works is another matter altogether, but it is certainly much better than nothing.

      Our app was specifically built not to replace these built-in Restrictions but to work hand-in-hand with them. We give you a monitored browser to use as your primary Internet browser. You use the Restrictions to lock down other apps and filter content that might come through other apps.

    • System wide coverage is something that we are looking into, jailbreak or not. There is still a lot of work to be done before we can move away from Covenant Eyes as a web browser app, but the groundwork has begun.

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