WatchDog Review Sacramento CA

WatchDog performs dual roles in Sacramento, 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.

Digital Web Dynamics
(916) 972-0355
5767 Haskell Avenue
Carmichael, CA
Services
Internet Products and Services, Computer Hardware and Supplies, Computer Software

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International Network Service
(916) 853-9263
2356 Gold Meadow Way
Rancho Cordova, CA
Services
Management Consultants, Computer Software, Computer Network Hardware, Computer Networks

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PEC Computer Services
(916) 725-9974
Citrus Heights, CA
Services
Computers and Equipment Repair and Maintenance, Computer Hardware and Supplies, Computer Software, Software Technical Support, Computer Cleaning
Payment Options
Personal Checks, Money Orders, Travelers Checks, Cash Only

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Staples
(916) 563-0580
1900 Howe Ave.
Sacramento, CA
Recycling Services
Recycling Desk
$3 Ink & Toner Credit
Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:00am-8:00pm Sat: 9:00am-7:00pm Sun :10:00am-6:00pm

OfficeMax
(916) 575-9003
3684 North Freeway Blvd
Sacramento, CA
Hours
M-F 8-9, Sa 9-7, Su 10-6*

Safe Systems
(916) 482-8240
4555 Auburn Boulevard # 4
Sacramento, CA
Services
Computer Software, Computer Systems Consultants and Designers, Business Forms and Systems, Hardware Dealers

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PEC Computer Service
(916) 725-9974
7329 Peony Court
Citrus Heights, CA
Services
Computers and Equipment Repair and Maintenance, Help Desk Services, Computer Hardware and Supplies, Computer Software, Computer Cleaning

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OfficeMax
(916) 979-0334
3120 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA
Hours
M-F 8-9, Sa 9-7, Su 10-6*

Staples
(916) 928-0890
3631 Truxel Road
Natomas, CA
Recycling Services
Recycling Desk
$3 Ink & Toner Credit
Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:00am-9:00pm Sat: 9:00am-7:00pm Sun :10:00am-6:00pm

Staples
(916) 395-9112
7551 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA
Recycling Services
Recycling Desk
$3 Ink & Toner Credit
Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:00am-9:00pm Sat: 9:00am-7:00pm Sun :10:00am-6:00pm

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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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