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app4mac launches new secure web-browser for kids

updated 12:10 am EDT, Tue May 18, 2010

Control what content can be viewed

app4mac has launched Giddy Up, a new children's web-browser made for school and home use. Giddy Up is designed as a secure web-browser that allows parents and teachers to set limits to what users can do while surfing the web. The app utilizes Apple's Safari engine to help provide easy navigation and control; it offers a wide range of security and session management options. Features include a virtual keyboard option for touch-screens, and URL control management.

Through the program users can place restrictions on certain websites, the operating system, and system settings. Control is also provided over downloading any files or applications. Other functions can be used to prevent children from accessing e-mail addresses, and to filter sites based on specific adult content.

Giddy Up is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and currently priced at $50. The software is also made to be a replacement for KidBrowser and CutX, which means current users of either program can send the company their previous licenses in order to receive a free copy of Giddy Up.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Absolutely useless

    This application is utter c***. Not only does it NOT protect kids and can be easily tampered with but stability issues plague it to no end. The most effective way of protecting your kids online is to block access from the DNS level, NOT the browser. This is not the first time this developer has tried to sell misleading c*** simply by slapping (what he thinks) is a pretty interface.

    Beware, and not recommended!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Absolutely useless

    The most effective way of protecting your kids online is to block access from the DNS level, NOT the browser.

    Sorry, but the most effective way of 'protecting your kids online' is to turn off the computer, disconnect it, and smash it into little pieces (making sure they aren't in the room at the time, don't want to harm the kids in the effort to 'protect' them).

    The second way most effective way is to keep the computer in the public space of the house, where what they are doing can be seen/watched at any time. Of course, if you feel you trust your children enough to not warrant this, then you should trust them not to do stupid things on line.

    Of course, one has to ask, "What are we protecting our kids from?" For it seems more like doing the Chinese "we want to block all the stuff we don't want them to see" blockage than anything else. DNS blockers only work unless the user finds one of the many redirection sites that are set up for use by those same Chinese and other restricted internet users to view content freely. Maybe all parents should be getting behind the great Firewall of China.

    And such browsers are nothing more than what the V-Chip is on televisions. The solution to the lazy and unattentive parent who has no time to spend with their children, no time to teach them right from wrong, and no time to even pay attention to what they are watching on TV, so let's have the gov't mandate a way for TVs to keep kids from watching stuff we don't want them to watch.

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