WatchDog Review Chico CA

WatchDog performs dual roles in Chico, one as a time controller and the other as a monitor. If you are primarily interested in time control, but would also like a bit of monitoring ability at a reasonable price.

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(530) 532-1790
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Oroville, CA
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Computer Zone
(530) 224-7291
PO Box 1104
Chico, CA
 
Favor Software
(530) 899-8878
30 Independence Cir
Chico, CA
 
Effortless Information Systems
(530) 892-1798
1830 Mulberry St
Chico, CA
 
Gaynor Telesystems Inc
(530) 895-8442
669 Palmetto Ave Ste J
Chico, CA
 
Staples
(530) 533-1718
2150 Feather River Blvd
Oroville, CA
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Help-U-Plan
(530) 894-2872
660 Manzanita Ct
Chico, CA
 
Cybered Inc
(530) 899-1212
375 Airpark Blvd
Chico, CA
 
Computer Learning Center
(530) 345-4444
2201 Pillsbury Rd Ste 108
Chico, CA
 
Garden Walk Mall
(530) 345-2820
225 Main St
Chico, CA
 
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WatchDog Review

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TopTenREVIEWS - Silver Award - Awarded for excellence in design, useability and feature set

Guard your computer with a feisty, professional WatchDog. Our “TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award” winner not only manages computer user times but also performs basic monitoring.

This software includes more control features than any other product we reviewed; this product can regulate time as well as program and Internet use, and includes numerous Microsoft Windows restrictions.

Although this program offers a high level of control, it is harder to use than our #1 choice, KidsWatch Time Control.




Feature Set:  Excellent

WatchDog Parental Control contains many more features than a typical time control program. WatchDog could actually be featured on our Monitoring Review site because a large part of the program is geared towards monitoring the activities of users. The time control and monitoring features combined allows parents to set time limitations as well as determine what users can do while they are using their computer time. For example, computer use can be blocked when parents are not home or late at night and access can be limited to programs appropriate for homework or approved entertainment.

In terms of time control, this program can limit time by day, week or month and has the ability to allow unlimited, restricted, session limits or one time use. You can also set specific time of day limitations, enable users to carry over unused time and pause times. Restrictions can also be placed upon program titles and game playing time. Web pages and system settings can be blocked or locked.


Ease of Use:  Very Good

We gave a lower rating in ease of use because this program includes so many features, computer novices could easily become overwhelmed or confused. Seasoned computer users, on the other hand, will like the high level of control available.

Although to simplify things, they do provide a Normal Security setting, which computer novices may feel more comfortable using, and a High Security setting for advanced computer users.


Ease of Installation/Setup:  Excellent

We had no problems installing the program, though after installing and setting up an account, the main screen does not automatically load. You have to click on a tiny icon that WatchDog places on the task bar; this confused us for a moment.


Technical Support/Help:  Excellent

WatchDog offers good inter–program help through detailed instructions with screen shots and a user guide. They also offer online a FAQs page, help and an email form for technical questions.


Time Control Effectiveness:  Excellent

WatchDog does a solid job of controlling and monitoring time limitations.


Summary:  

WatchDog performs dual roles, one as a time controller and the other as a monitor. If you are primarily interested in time control, but would also like a bit of monitoring ability at a reasonable price and you have more than 1 computer that you need to control – this is a good choice. (You can install Watchdog on 3 computers in your home with the purchase of 1 license.)

However, if you are mostly interested in a monitoring program, see Monitoring Software Review.










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