NEW BIG THING COMING – FAMILY RULES

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NEW BIG THING COMING – FAMILY RULES

Dear beta user,

 

NEW BIG THING COMING – FAMILY RULES

 

The centrally managed Family Rules replaces local Parental Control -feature on all platforms (except macOS and Windows Phone). With "Family Rules", you can, with your child agree on their digital habits, when together installing SAFE on their devices. You can later manage the rules remotely from My FS Protection portal. This includes specifying what kind of content they can access in addition to controlling daily screentime.

 

Please note that this is the first Beta version of Family Rules, and work in progress - with missing some pieces. Updates will be frequent, and will complete the feature shortly!

 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?

 

On PC: This feature can be enabled separately for all Windows accounts on your computer. You will be getting an automatic upgrade within few days. After the upgrade, when logging in on a Windows account you will get a prompt to take this feature in to use. To speed things up, you can do a full uninstall and re-install. (Required workaround to enable the feature, in PC SAFE user interface: Parental control -> Settings -> Content blocker: ON)

 

On Android/iOS: The feature will be enabled on fresh installations of the app after FS Protection passes the appstore review (Apple/Google). During the installation, you will get a prompt whether to install on a child's device or your own device.

 

For new installations: Simply login to your FS Protection account (https://safeavenue-tp.sp.f-secure.com/iframe/-sso/fs_protection) and select Add device to start protecting your family's devices or start from the appstores (looking for FS Protection).

 

KNOWN LIMITATIONS:

 

PC:

* After installation/upgrade there is still old Parental Control feature visible but disabled in the PC client user interface.

* You can set Time Limits (Device use limits/Bedtimes) during installation and FS Protection home, but they are not effective in client.

* After installation, there is a required workaround: in PC SAFE user interface, set: “Parental control -> Settings -> Content blocker” to ON

* If you set up a wrong profile to a person's Windows-account, switching user is not available yet and client reinstall is required.

 

Android:

* If you set up a wrong profile to a person's device, switching user is not available yet and client reinstall is required

 

iOS:

* You can set the Device use limits and Bedtimes during installation and FS Protection home, but Bedtimes are not effective in client.

* If you set up a wrong profile to a person's device, switching user is not available yet and client reinstall is required

 

 

We are eagerly waiting for your opinions and findings!

 

Please file issues, findings and improvement ideas at https://beta.f-secure.com .

 

Beta community (all platforms, despite the link name): https://community.f-secure.com/t5/Home-Security/bd-p/Windows_Technology_Preview

 

 

On behalf of SAFE teams,

Risto Kumpulainen

Juha Välimäki, Principal project manager
F-Secure Corporation
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Re: NEW BIG THING COMING – FAMILY RULES

Please inform, how does this work with Microsoft Windows 10 Family Safety rules, time limits etc.?
Are Family Safety rules and time limits automatically disabled by this?
If not - if there is conflicting rules, which one takes precedence?

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Re: NEW BIG THING COMING – FAMILY RULES

 

The Microsoft Windows 10 feature should not conflict with Family Rules. The features work regardless of each other. However it shouldn’t be necessary to use both. And it _may_ be possible to setup conflicting rules.

 

We don’t currently know of any problems with this setup. We would love to hear of your experiences, if you are going to run both at the same time.

 

F-Secure Family Rules is also remotely managed and will work on your child’s all devices (Android, iOS, Windows and later macOS).

Superuser

Re: NEW BIG THING COMING – FAMILY RULES

Hello,

 

Sorry for my reply.

 

 

Spoiler

Anyone already have good experience about this feature?

 

Or it should not work today (since yesterday)? With my experience (two Windows laptops and one Android phone) I get next situation:

 

--> Windows laptop get upgrade to next TP. Under the Parental Controls module there was enabled Content Blocker feature (previously).

 

So, with opening main UI - I get set-up prompt for this fresh feature. Did required steps (and choose device as "main" - where anyway visible related settings). But with this system still work previous design. Content blocker about (previous choose categories) and other things (?!). At least- looks like that.

 

--> With another Windows system, where was disabled "Content blocker" feature.

When upgrade comes - > there missing any prompts about fresh features (and after "Content Blocker" switch to ON);

 

I did some restarts and other - but there anyway missing prompt about set-up for fresh feature (?).

 

--> With Android phone - settings.

 

I set up it as "family account", but anyway there probably missing result. With using Safe Browser "Content Blocker rules" from Portal do not work with device experience.

 

Maybe I not really understand how it should work.

 

Sorry for my reply.

//Later added // OK, today (on current time) looks like that with my main laptop - category-blocking work already. but some points from spoiler anyway still valid probably.

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Re: NEW BIG THING COMING – FAMILY RULES

Hi,

 

Thank you very much for the report and "spoiler" :)

 

The Family Rules category blocking settings changes are meant to be made from My FS Protection portal. 


Also the local Family Rules UI design Windows client is not yet implemented (It's the old Parental Controls). This will be fixed in upcoming Beta-releases.

 

Unfortunately the Android and iOS clients are not yet released (or passed Google/Apple review).

 

    Ripa

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Re: NEW BIG THING COMING – FAMILY RULES

I am not in need of the family rules, I am the only one in my house using FS Protection for now. I have installed FS Protection in two desktops computers, however, I wanted to check how it works in case I need it in the future.

When I installed the family rules, I kept receiving the following message:

"fs protection setup
Check that your Internet connection is working and try again.
Try again "

I am connected and not sure why I am receiving the message, unless it is because FS Protection knows there is no family member and I need to have someone else as a member.

Thank you 

Mario

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@Ripa_ wrote:
F-Secure Family Rules is also remotely managed and will work on your child’s all devices (Android, iOS, Windows and later macOS).

My kids have Lumia phones with Windows Phone 8.1 Denim (Win 10 not available.) Is that OS supported?

Superuser

Re: NEW BIG THING COMING – FAMILY RULES

I haven't tried this out properly yet, but initially, all seems to be OK.  I received the prompt to activate the Family Rules, but as I am the only user on this PC, I just set it for myself, and nothing really seems to have changed.  I will do some more experimenting with a "child's" account when I get more time.

 

How is this different to the old Parental Controls?  Is this now no longer dependant on Windows User Account settings?

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Re: NEW BIG THING COMING – FAMILY RULES

@Simon

 

You don't *need* to set up child account to test remote categories. You can just login to FS Protection, click your own avatar and set blocked content categories for yourself (adult). It will work the same way as for a child, with the exception that you can obviously change the restrictions yourself. For adults it will by default not set any restrictions.

 

Ville

 

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Re: NEW BIG THING COMING – FAMILY RULES


@Toweri wrote:

@Ripa_ wrote:
F-Secure Family Rules is also remotely managed and will work on your child’s all devices (Android, iOS, Windows and later macOS).

My kids have Lumia phones with Windows Phone 8.1 Denim (Win 10 not available.) Is that OS supported?

Unfortunately Windows phone is not supported.

Juha Välimäki, Principal project manager
F-Secure Corporation