ContentBarrier X9
ContentBarrier X9
10.9.5

4.0

ContentBarrier X9 free download for Mac

ContentBarrier X9

10.9.5
19 April 2019

Smart and intuitive parental controls (was Family Protector).

Overview

ContentBarrier X9 (was Family Protector) knows that the Internet is a double-edged sword: it's a great resource for kids, but strangers and inappropriate websites lurk just a click away. Intego ContentBarrier acts as your children's digital guardian whenever they go online. It allows you to set up customized profiles that monitor Internet habits and restrict adult content. Your kids are given a world that's age-appropriate and you're given peace of mind.

  • Blocks objectionable web content, including categories of content, specific web sites, sites with specific keywords, and access to sites requiring https
  • Whitelist functionality allows users to access only sites you permit
  • Access restrictions custom tailored per user (e.g., one account for yourself and a more restricted account for your child)
  • Browser-embedded UI allows for overriding parental controls and allowing sites so long as the user has the necessary security credentials
  • History of websites visited for each user account and the ability to easily block/allow a site from the history list
  • Time of day restrictions on network access (restrict access to specific times of day/week, a maximum amount of time per day, or temporarily block a user for a set period of time or until you unblock them manually)
  • Anti-Predator chat monitoring for all standard chat protocols to watch for objectionable chat content and block inappropriate chats (receive email alerts whenever objectionable content is detected)
  • View history of recorded chats, including the content of the chat and the ID of the chat partner
  • Takes screenshots and includes a Time Machine-like control that lets you easily view recorded screens
  • Records keystrokes
  • Restricts application network access only to applications you allow
  • Blocks inappropriate emails
  • Blocks connections to game servers or streaming music and video
  • Blocks peer-to-peer activity (e.g., BitTorrent)
  • Contains a "monitor only" mode that records a user's activity but does not provide any protections/perform any blocking
  • Periodically updates filters to provide ongoing protection against objectionable content
  • Web Administration Console allows anytime/anywhere access to ContentBarrier (view web activity and block/allow access to specific sites, allow exceptions to permitted network access times, and view blocked network applications and allow exceptions)
  • Email activity reports (e.g., websites that were blocked, blocked chats via AntiPredator or keyword triggering, attempts to access encrypted sites)

What's new in ContentBarrier X9

Version 10.9.5:
  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

19 ContentBarrier X9 Reviews

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David-H-
20 June 2007

Most helpful

I have been using Content Barrier for several years now, and am extremely pleased with it. I use it to prevent myself from surfing inappropriate sites, and my wife has the password. I've found that it is very difficult to get into porn sites, as long as enough "key words" including body parts, and a few words like "amateur" are put into the application. Occasionally, a normal site will be blocked, but it hasn't interfered with my work in any way. I highly recommend it.
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Version 10.4.2
Lo17
17 March 2013
Piece of crab. Slow mac down terribly and configuation is a disaster: many times I had to force quit. Stay away if you can. I was using the previous version Contentbarrier. That one was ok. This one is as I said
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Version 10.7
DanoDano
30 April 2012
Nice software for all the parents.
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Version 10.6.4
gts-williams-1
29 January 2011
It appears that the methodology for determining website categories is such that many, many sites are blocked which do not meet the category. For instance, a site gets blocked and categorized as "racism", apparently based on the fact that the subject is or has been discussed there. Not because it's genuinely a racist site, like stormfront or something. I've been using K9, and it does reliably block sites you want it to, but it certainly doesn't block normal mainstream sites because they use the word "racism", or "guns", or "sex", or whatever. If Contentbarrier could employ the same kind of filtering methodology that K9 does, it would be great. It has many useful features (the free) K9 doesn’t have, one of which is the ability to apply different or no filters to different accounts on the Mac. With K9, it's all accounts or none. Unless of course I'm missing some preference or something, which is entirely possible. I'm assuming that one method is based on a computer scanning a site for words or references, and the other is based more on human inspection and determination, and a database built on that. As it stands, I can't justify spending 50 bucks on CB, when K9 is free. But it is nice other than having to spend a lot of time typing your password and exempting lots and lots of sites all the time.
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Version 10.5.5
Bobxa
28 July 2010
I've been using it for years and it works OK. But I don't think Intego puts the time (sales?) into it to make it a really great parental product. They have a quirk about it recording passwords (it won't) and it misses a lot of porn sites. Their excuses are there are too many new pornsites and that allowing password recording would make it spyware ! A good product until the kids reach 12 or 13,then they will be savvy enough to surf around it. The best (and really only safe) option is too set it up to allow only certain websites. Also with the words kids use chatting, the filters will interpret it as predatory language,thus if allowing chat they can swear and talk or setting predatory will exclude the other teen chatting. Still very useful and worth the money. Now if Intego would just add it as a mini iphone app.
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Version 10.5.5
anonymous-mule-4061
27 February 2010
ContentBarrier is okay, but I wish there was a better alternative. It does block sites well, and I would give it 5 stars on that point. Although sometimes it blocks things it shouldn't, that is easily corrected, and it doesn't happen frequently. The main problem I've had with it is that the websurfing activity log fills up quickly (within a week), and then it stops updating to the Intego site, where I like to manage it. To their credit, support tried to help me work through the issue, but in the end they told me I had to erase the logs on the computer that was being monitored, and restart the computer. I have to do this about once a week in order to continue using the web management.
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Version 10.5.5
Rickdees
06 May 2009
I've been using CB since version 3. It worked as advertised - blocked the sites I wanted blocked. I have a small issue with X4 on my son's PPC using most of the CPU cycles, but killing the process and restarting usually fixed that. When X5 came out I bought it immediately. They cleaned up the gui. Unfortunately, they also killed the ability to handle network clients (users with their home directory on another machine). This made the product completely unusable for me because my kids all have network accounts. I called tech support and their response was that they never "officially" supported network accounts. I finally got hold of a marketing person and tried stressing how important that feature was. I did get a refund. I've tried every new update since X5 came out and they still don't support network clients reliably. If they do I'll buy it again. Until then I'm sticking with X4.
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Version 10.5.4
rjung-1
19 April 2009
The program does a pretty decent job of filtering inappropriate website as well as adds more fine control access compared to Apple's Parental Controls. What it doesn't do is the check-box type allow/disallow applications like how Parental Control does so if you have a lot of applications you want to allow it's a bit more tedious (not a deal breaker IMHO). The one thing I'd wish they would add to this program would be the ability to limit time based on the application or type not just a general limit on Internet time. For example, limiting online games to one hour but still allow an overall Internet time of two. Overall, I'd give this program 4 out of 5 stars.
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Version 10.5.4
David-H-
20 June 2007
I have been using Content Barrier for several years now, and am extremely pleased with it. I use it to prevent myself from surfing inappropriate sites, and my wife has the password. I've found that it is very difficult to get into porn sites, as long as enough "key words" including body parts, and a few words like "amateur" are put into the application. Occasionally, a normal site will be blocked, but it hasn't interfered with my work in any way. I highly recommend it.
Like (4)
Version 10.4.2
1 answer(s)
Yakuzah
Yakuzah
09 December 2007
10.4.4 still crashes when under load. It consistently crashes when I download files that are high bandwidth or high utilisation. I can crash this program time and time again, yet Intego can never offer me a reason why, and have been promising to fix this for me since 10.4.0 in 2006!! Really poor! Don't buy it!
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Version 10.4.4
Spinraven
01 June 2007
I've been testing a demo version for a few weeks now and find that ContentBarrier X4 has all the features I was looking for and was very easy to use. I have a Intel Core Duo and have experienced none of the kernel panics described in previous reviews. The price is a bit high, but for solid performance with all the feautues I need and no annual 'membership' fee, I'm willing to pay the price.
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Version 10.4.2
1 answer(s)
Yakuzah
Yakuzah
17 August 2007
Thought I would post back and provide a further update on this program. After reading the more positive reviews on 10.4.2 Content barrier I decided to give my registered version one more test drive. Well guess what it is still a steaming pile of dung. If you transfer large files through your wireless or wired interface, it Kernel panics! Same problem as before. I can even repeat the problem, so all the diagnosis I supplied Intego was completely ignored, and this is still a very bug riddled piece of software... Tut Tut Intego!!!
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Version 10.4.2
Propadeutic
05 February 2007
After reviewing Content Barrier for the trial period my wife and I purchased the program. We have been making excellent use of it. I would highly recommend this program to anyone with children to protect or to adults who need it for themselves to limit their own surfing. (Especially those from xxxchurch.com or in a similar spot.) Since we purchased this software, the company has provided updates to the program's database of restricted sites in the first week of each month. Today was another update (February 5). My hope is that the developer increases the number of languages that are filtered. We use the program on our 867MHz PowerBook in 10.4.8 with no problems whatsoever - oh, and after it initially sets it self up I have noticed no speed hit on web pages loading. A great product!
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Version 10.4.2
1 answer(s)
Refusion
Refusion
09 January 2008
I don't need this crap. I live in China, the government here does a nice enough job of blocking stuff for us for FREE! Move here and you won't have to worry about xxchurch.com or anything else. Just 'HTTP 404' Error pages galore. LOL!
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Version 10.4.4
$39.99

4.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.8.0 or later
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