Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The state of iOS parental mobile device management is bad

I recently reviewed Qustodio and found it unusable because the mandatory VPN doesn’t handle the https protocol. Since then I revisited MMGuardian and found they still haven’t implemented password security on their MDM profile. That’s essential, without it any parental control won’t last long.

In my 2016 review Qustodio and MMGuardian were the only candidates to meet basic requirements.

This isn’t rocket science. If MMGuardian implemented password security they’d be crude but effective - but they haven’t. There’s something broken in this marketplace.

If you’re a billionaire and want something working give me a call.

Otherwise we’ll have to see if Jana Partners and the California State Teachers Retirement System can push Cook to add remote MDM to iCloud. If they can’t then I suppose it’s up to the EU.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Qustodio parental control software for iOS is obsolete.

I did a review of Qustodio’s parental control product for iOS on my special needs blog. It wasn’t a positive review. The product routes all traffic through their VPN — and the VPN can’t handle SSL traffic. That might have been acceptable in 2010, but it won’t work today.

I’m feeling grumpy about the time I spent finding this out — not to mention the $10/month subscription I paid for. The lost time was the bigger deal though. The reviews I’d read led me to think the base product worked, so I spent time checking out other features.

Qustodio must know about the SSL issues, but they’re continuing to sell the service. That’s not nice.