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Covenant Eyes vs X3Watch Pro: Internet Accountability Software Comparison

Last Updated: November 13, 2017

Luke Gilkerson

Luke Gilkerson has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and an MA in Religion. He is the author of Coming Clean: Overcoming Lust Through Biblical Accountability and The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality. Luke and his wife Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com

The information in this post has been changed since it was originally published.

The software features mentioned in this post were outdated (for both X3watch Pro and Covenant Eyes), so we decided to take the information down to avoid confusion.

As a general rule, Covenant Eyes does not want to bash other products in the marketplace, talking about what we have that they don’t have. We believe the value of our product stands on its own.

Here are some of the main features our members love about us:

1. Web Rating System

Our unique website rating system looks a lot of like movie ratings or video game ratings. Every web address your device accesses is rated for inappropriate content, using ratings like T for Teen or M for Mature.

2. Easy-to-Read Reports

Our users often comment how much they enjoy the tidiness of our reports. They are easy to scan for questionable material.

3. Easy-to-Scan Subject Lines

When Accountability Partners receive a Report, an overall rating for the report is included in the subject line (phrases like “Report Looks Good” or “Close Review Recommended”). This helps Partners know at a glance how closely they need to look at the Report.

4. Report Accuracy

Because of our web rating system, Covenant Eyes doesn’t just catch the blatantly bad websites, but also the “gray areas.” Accountability partners can see if mature material was accessed, even if it isn’t pornographic.

5. Ability to Customize Reports

Internet Reports can be customized in several ways.

a. Partners can choose how frequently the Reports are e-mailed to them.

b. Partners can change the sensitivity of the Reports based on the age of the user.

c. Partners can choose specific information they want to be able to see on Reports (like web searches, highly rated websites, average hourly usage, etc.).

d. Partners can generate Reports online 24/7 with their own custom date ranges.

6. Difficulty to Bypass

Users can’t uninstall the software without their Accountability Partners being notified. Covenant Eyes also covers every browser on your computer and has its own browser for iOS devices. Plus, a complete list of every web address accessed is available online 24 hours a day.

7. Mobile Apps

Covenant Eyes has a monitored browser for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®. (Update for 2017: We just released our brand new, completely overhauled Covenant Eyes Accountability app for iPhone® and iPad®. Our patent-pending technology extends accountability coverage on the iPhone and iPad in ways that no one else can. Learn more about the new app.)

There is also an Android™ app that monitors your device’s stock browser and the amount of time other apps are used. (Update for April 2014: The Android app now has the ability to lock down other apps on the device.) Covenant Eyes apps are free, included as a part of your membership.

8. Fantastic Customer Support

Covenant Eyes has free phone technical support for all services on all devices. Our members regularly thank us for our excellent customer service. We are here to help however we can.

  • Comments on: Covenant Eyes vs X3Watch Pro: Internet Accountability Software Comparison
    1. Anyhony DeGeorge on

      I have a Nokia Lumia 521 Windows phone. I do not have a computer. Is your program compatible with my phone

      Reply
    2. Anonymous on

      This article fails to actually show the cons of Xwatch of the opposing pros of Covenant Eyes. Very biased.

      But seriously, my soul isn’t worth ONE CENT! This should be free!

      Reply
      • Luke Gilkerson on

        Yes. We used to have a nice little breakdown of features: us vs. them. We edited this article a few years ago, taking a lot of that stuff out, because (1) it really gets exhausting keeping up with every feature change for two rapidly changing and constantly updating pieces of software, (2) people expect us to think we are better, so our comparisons don’t mean much to them, and (3) we didn’t want to get stuck in the rut of slamming or putting down other software brands.

        As far as the software being free, please just let us know if you are going through some sort of financial hardship. We have a hardship program so we can give this service away for free for anyone who needs it and can’t pay for it, no questions asked.

        There are a lot of spiritual tools available today that people charge for. When I bought my study Bible, I paid for it, because I knew that the translators, editors, and interpreters all have families to feed. When I bought my new devotional book, I paid for it, because I knew the author and publisher all incur costs. When we invited a guest speaker to our church, we paid him an honorarium because we knew he incurred great cost in time and money to come to us. All of these things are instrumentally helpful for rescuing souls from sin and death, but we don’t flitch at the idea of people charging for such services. The money frees them up to do what they do better, more often, and with more commitment. The same is true for us.

      • Samuel Jimenez on

        This is the covenant eyes website man. Of course it’s bias. There is nothing wrong with that. They are trying to sell their product. And no… it shouldn’t be free. Someone put their capital, time and money to produce this. They should be recompensed for their product and their service. This is the Biblical way. It should not be free just because it helps you. If it is your soul you’re worried about… you should be willing to pay.

    3. Josh Orr on

      I could not agree more with this assessment. I started with CE a few years ago and made the switch to X3 Premium. I paid for the year upfront but realized that their software was VERY easy to get bypass. Both X3 and CE are out to accomplish something great but CE just does it better. To add to the problem, their support would only tell me that there are no refunds and I could never speak with a human.

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      • Luke Gilkerson on

        Thanks for your thoughts, Josh.

    4. Carolyn Skeen on

      Can you tell me what ocsp.globalsign.com is? My husband’s phone has the 3xwatch app on it. It came back with this website on it and said it failed device content check. How can I find out what that means exactly?

      Reply
      • Moriah Dufrin on

        Hi Carolyn!

        Although I am unable to answer that question for you, I would highly recommend you contact our amazing customer service team!

        Toll-free in the US: 877.479.1119
        Outside the U.S.: 989.720.8000

        Blessings!
        Moriah

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