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What is Parental control and what does it do? (5.x)

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Parental control is a new feature in ESET Smart Security 5 that helps parents protect their children while they use the Internet. Parental control includes customizable user roles, web content filtering and activity logging. The following article includes a basic overview of the Parental control module, as well as key features and the Knowledgebase resources that will help you maximize the effectiveness of the Parental control feature.

The Parental control module

Key Features

Additional Configuration


Video tutorial

Parental control module:

To access the Parental control module:

  1. Open ESET Smart Security. How do I open my ESET product?
  2. Click Setup Parental Control.

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The Parental control module consists of a quick Enable / Disable feature, as well as a list of active Microsoft User Accounts. Clicking Enabled will temporarily disable Parental control for a specified duration. You can re-enable Parental control at any time by clicking Disabled. For a step-by-step guide on temporarily disabling Parental control, refer to the following Knowledgebase article: 

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Parents can also use Parental control to password protect their ESET product settings. For detailed instructions on how to password protect your settings, refer to the following Knowledgebase article:

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Key Features:

  • User Roles: From the Parental control module, parents can control and monitor Internet access by configuring a Role for Microsoft Windows User Accounts.

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  • Block Web Pages: Another key feature of Parental control is the ability to restrict access to inappropriate content by blocking access to certain web pages.This functionality is fully customizable, allowing parents to restrict access for certain user roles.
  • Restrict access by category: Parents can also restrict access by adding or removing items from the list of web categories for each role. If the check box next to category is selected then it is allowed. By deselecting a specific category, parents can block it for the selected account. Mousing over a category will show you a list of web pages that fall into that category.
  • Activity Logging: See a detailed log of Parental control activity (blocked pages, the account the page was blocked for, reason, etc.) in order to better monitor Internet activity on your computer.

  • Quick selection: Parents can quickly set up a user role by selecting a predefined configuration (Child, Parent and Teenager) or a user-created account and clicking Copy to copy the List of allowed categories from these accounts.

Additional Configuration

Parental control can also be modified by accessing the Advanced setup tree. From the Advanced Setup tree, users can:

  • Add / Edit / Remove user accounts
  • Allow / restrict categories for user accounts

  • Add / Edit / Remove web pages from the exceptions list

To access Parental control configurations in the Advanced Setup tree:

  1. Open ESET Smart Security. How do I open my ESET product?
  2. Press the F5 key on your keyboard to open the Advanced Setup window (If your settings are password protected you will be prompted to enter your password and click OK to enter the advanced setup tree). 
  3. Expand Parental control Accounts

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