Guarding Hearts and Minds from Digital Addictions: An Overview of Online Accountability Software

Accountability Software List for Pastors

Accountability Software List for Pastors

Important Notes on our Accountability Software List:

  • Accountability Software List information provided is for information purposes only. Today’s Pastor does not endorse or rate any of these products. Visit each product site for complete, up-to-date information.
  • You may find it helpful to study all features of all products to get an overview of the full range of technological capabilities available and make a list of the most important features for your particular situation. Then determine which product is able to provide the best combination of features for your needs. For situations requiring maximum reduction of risk, consider using more than one product, as no single product may provide all the features you need. Consider that in the long run, the long-term cost of not monitoring adequately — in terms of ruined lives and damaged relationships — may be very high compared to the monetary cost of subscriptions.
  • Not all services are necessarily available for all versions of all platforms and devices. Thoroughly research compatibility.
  • Because of compatibility conflicts, you may have to deactivate certain antivirus and antispyware applications in order to run some monitoring software. Also, some services may require unlocking (rooting) of devices, which may void their warranty. Research these limitations by carefully reading terms and conditions and consulting with the company’s customer service department to clarify any questions.
  • Check online reviews to identify relative strengths, weaknesses, feedback, and complaints.

PC Tattletale (

Computer Monitoring

  • For home or business use
  • Invisible operation in background
  • Full remote monitoring
  • Watch activity from PC, Mac, iPhone, tablet, Android, smartphone, Kindle Fire
  • Keystroke recorder
  • 2 minute installation
  • Free 24/7 support


KidsWatchTM (

(Some features only available with Professional level)

Computer Monitoring

  • For home use
  • Create custom schedules for each family member to limit time and reduce conflict
  • Monitor chat sessions
  • Block website access
  • Block web content
  • Web filtering software
  • Customize settings
  • Predator alerts
  • Email alerts and reporting
  • Two levels of service: Time Management or Professional
  • 5 minute setup
  • 15-day free trial


Silent Viewer (

Computer Monitoring

  • For home or business use
  • View PC activity live from anywhere
  • Record activity to view later from anywhere
  • Monitor for cyber-bullies and cyber-predators
  • Take control of keyboard and mouse
  • Remain completely invisible (if desired)
  • 14-day free trial, no credit card needed
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Unlimited access to software updates and free tech support by email


Net Nanny® (

Computer Monitoring

  • Works with Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS
  • Alerts and reporting
  • Internet filtering
  • Pornography blocking
  • Profanity masking
  • Social media monitoring, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, and LinkedIn
  • Time management
  • Personal accountability
  • Remote management
  • Free trials on selected apps


SentryPC (

Computer Monitoring

  • For family or business use
  • Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, NT, 200x (both 32-bit and 64-bit OS supported)
  • 24/7 remote Cloud access allows you to view account from any device with a web-browser from anywhere in the world
  • Centralized management of multiple PC’s and users so you can see all computers and users at once
  • Real-time activity viewing and management to view keystrokes, chats, websites, programs, games, and more as they occur
  • Activity monitoring and recording
  • Alert logging, including application, website, and keystroke
  • Chat blocking, filtering, and logging
  • Keystroke logging
  • Location (IP) logging
  • Screenshot capture at set intervals
  • Extensive content filtering and restrictions, including games, chats, keywords, and websites per user
  • Alert notifications by email
  • Keyword and phrase filtering to ensure confidential information can’t be shared
  • Security options to enable or disable access to various activities for each user
  • Website category filtering, including adult, dating, drugs, file sharing, gambling, gaming, porn, profanity, racism, sex, shopping, social, and weapons
  • Website user-defined filtering to allow or block specific websites during specific hours of each day of the week
  • Time management and scheduling
  • Remote installation and stealth operation
  • Free updates allow you to download the latest version of SentryPC from within your online account


Phone Beagle (

Smartphone Monitoring

  • For Android and BlackBerry phones, but some features available only for Android
  • Remotely view your child’s smartphone screen from a web app or your smartphone
  • Hidden icon, uninstall protection
  • Access website history and call history
  • Access phone address book
  • Identify dangerous/illegal behavior such as texting while driving, bullying, sexting, conversing with predators, participating in online gambling, and viewing pornography
  • Remotely block apps, calls, and SMS text messages
  • Identify spyware
  • Record activity
  • Track location
  • Choice of service plans: month-by-month subscription (more expensive) or 6 and 12 month fixed terms (less expensive)
  • Money-back guarantee


Covenant Eyes® (

Computer and Smartphone Monitoring

  • For personal, family, or group use (churches, leadership teams, small groups, schools, businesses, and non-profits)
  • Choose accountability (user reports), filtering, or both (Android is accountability only)
  • Send reports to accountability partners of your choice
  • Unique username for each user
  • Separate report for each user
  • Internet use tracked on every device for each user, including iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Kindle Fire HD
  • Customized web filtering based on age appropriateness
  • Block Internet access at certain times of day
  • Flat monthly fee per month for family plan, regardless of family size
  • 30-day money back guarantee



Computer and Smartphone Monitoring (accountability reporting, but no filtering)

  • Reports cover Windows, Mac, Android and Chromebook and includes iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch®
  • Unlimited devices per account
  • Adjustable settings per computer/device
  • Alerts report generated hourly for all questionable activity
  • Instant text alerts for highly questionable activity
  • Alerts easily identified and classified in dashboard
  • Unlimited accountability partners
  • Set accountability partners for each device
  • Simple installation
  • No interference with network settings


K9 Web Protection

Computer and Smartphone Monitoring

  • Free download
  • Works with Windows, MacOS, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android
  • Block web sites in more than 70 categories, including pornography, personals/dating gambling, drugs, violence/hate/racism, malware/spyware, phishing
  • Easy pre-set levels to choose from depending on children’s age
  • Force SafeSearch on all major search engines
  • Set time restrictions to block web access during designated times
  • Configure custom lists for “always allow” and “always block”
  • Override a web page block with parent password
  • Enhanced anti-tampering that children can’t break
  • View easy reports to monitor and control web activity
  • Real-time categorization of new adult and malicious sites
  • Time restrictions, including NightGuardTM to prevent Internet access during designated times
  • Reports showing activity to categories of web sites



Web Watcher (

Computer and Smartphone Monitoring

  • For home or business use
  • Windows, Mac, Android, BlackBerry, iOS, iPhone, iPad
  • Record PC and Mac activity
  • View texts, photos, screenshots, and keystrokes
  • See email, IMs, web, and more
  • See call and web history as well as Instagram and app usage
  • Location tracking of Android smartphone
  • Discrete/tamper-proof
  • 5 minute installation
  • Money-back guarantee
  • No “rooting” (unlocking) of Android devices required. Rooting voids Android warranty.
  • Individual license required for each device


McAfee Safe Eyes

Computer and Smartphone Monitoring

  • For Windows and Mac (not all services available for both)
  • Websites

—Category blocking

—Custom allowed/banned lists

—Enable Safe-Search on all search engines

  • Videos

—Clip-by-clip YouTube® filtering

—Filter online TV by rating

—P2P and media player blocking

  • Music

—Block explicit downloads through iTunes

  • Social Networking

—Record when sensitive info is posted

—Block social networks

  • Instant Messaging

—Log both sides of IM conversations

—Block popular IM programs

  • Gaming

—Block online play

—Block gaming sites

  • Email

—Control email contact

—Block web-based email

  • Time Limits

—Limit Internet access by total time spent online

—Schedule Internet access by time of day

—Different schedules for weekends and weekdays

  • Reporting and Monitoring

—Receive instant alerts on banned sites

—Real-time access to reports

—Daily or weekly activity summaries through email

  • Service and Support

—One license works on three computers, PC or Mac

—30-day money-back guarantee

—Free customer support

—Toll-free support


Qustudio (

Computer and Smartphone Monitoring

  • For family, school, or business use
  • Free and premium versions (premium features indicated with *)
  • Time limit controls
  • Internet filtering
  • Search filtering
  • Chat/messaging monitoring
  • 24×7 online reporting
  • Online child activity dashboard
  • Advanced monitoring for Facebook*
  • Block games and applications you choose*
  • Location tracking*
  • Panic button*
  • Calls and SMS monitoring and blocking*
  • Monitor multiple children*
  • Monitor multiple devices (PC, Mac, Mobile)*
  • Priority help and support*
  • Supported platforms: All Windows, including Windows 10, Macintosh, iOS, Android


X3Watch by (

Computer and Smartphone Monitoring

  • Email Notification- Notify your accountability partners with an email the moment questionable websites are visited
  • Weekly Reports- Includes questionable sites visited, date and time emailed to accountability partners
  • Blocking- Block sites you know need to be off-limits
  • History- Archive up to two months of reports
  • Works on All Devices- Download on your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android phone, and Android tablet
  • Up to 10 Accountability Partners- Choose as many as 10 people with whom to share reports on your Internet use
  • Single Report for All Devices- Data from laptop, desktop, and smartphones merged into one report
  • Send Reports Now- Get reports anytime you choose, as often as you want
  • Unlimited Mobile Devices- Link every smartphone, iPad, tablet and iPod touch in your house with just one account
  • Notify Uninstalls- Receive real-time notification if your spouse, child, or friend removes X3watch from any device


Circle (

All Device Monitoring (Through Home Wi-Fi)

  • One-time purchase, no subscription
  • Manage all of your home’s connected devices. Automatically recognizes every device you own.
  • Create unique profiles for each family member
  • Filter content and set a bedtime for every device in the home
  • Limit daily screen time for platforms, apps, and categories
  • Pause the Internet for dinner or homework for one child or the whole family
  • Compare time online by day, week, or month, per site or by interest. Find out where you waste time
  • Highly secure using end-to-end encryption to keep your data safe.
  • Setup and management of settings requires an iOS 8 or later device

Open DNS (

All Device Monitoring

Whitelist and blacklist domain blocking service. Protects every device within your home. Settings apply to laptops, smartphones, tablets, DVRs, game consoles, TVs — anything that connects to the Internet.

Family Shield Version

  • Prefigured to block adult content — set it and forget it
  • Free
  • Built-in fraud and phishing protection
  • Parental controls that protect every device in your home
  • Customizable filtering and security

Home Version

  • Customizable filtering and identity theft protection
  • Free
  • Built-in fraud and phishing protection
  • Parental controls that protect every device in your home
  • Customizable filtering and security

VIP Home Version

  • Home package plus one year of usage stats and optional white-list mode
  • Subscription
  • Built-in fraud and phishing protection
  • Parental controls that protect every device in your home
  • Customizable filtering and security
  • Retain the past year of Internet stats on your home network
  • Restrict Internet access to specific white-listed domains for a “locked-down” environment

Umbrella Prosumer – Protection for all devices on any network even outside your home

  • Prices variable, get quote at