Clean Router Time Restriction Feature | Every Family Needs This | The Ultimate Parental Control

Today, we’ll be looking into CleanRouter, one of the best internet filters for ultimate parental controls. We have been receiving a lot of queries regarding how the time restriction feature works on CleanRouter so here’s an explanatory guide to get you through the process. Without holding you back on our intro, let’s get right into Clean Router time restriction feature and how it works.

1. Some Basic Features

To start with, when you first connect CleanRouter to a device, whether that is a phone, tablet, computer, fire stick, or any other sort of device, the connected device will be displayed on the Device List section. This is where you’ll also find the IP Address and the MAC Address of your connected devices.

CleanRouter
CleanRouter

From there, clicking the Add button will give you some additional settings, like renaming the device, toggling email report and internet on or off, etc. Additionally, you’ll also see an Exclude from filter option. Turning this ON will exclude that particular device from any filters the CleanRouter currently uses.

2. How to Add Time Restrictions

Next to it, you’ll find the Time Restrictions option. To add time restrictions with CleanRouter, click on it and then the Add restrictions button.

CleanRouter
CleanRouter

On the following screen, you’ll see a calendar-like interface, with the day on the left and the time at the top. To add time restrictions, simply use your mouse, click and drag from the time of day you want to restrict time from. Then, drag your mouse over to the time until when you wish to restrict time and release your mouse there.

CleanRouter
CleanRouter

Finally, to make the changes, just click the green Save button.

To see the explanatory video of adding time restrictions with CleanRouter, kindly watch the YouTube video below:

Pros and Cons of the Metaverse | HUGE CONSEQUENCES

Today, we’ll look into something extremely important – something that’s potentially shaping up the future of technology – Virtual Reality (VR) and the Metaverse. More than likely, you may have one of these in your family. Or you might be looking forward to get one.

Person using Oculus VR headset
Maxim Hopman

If you have a VR headset in your family, or you plan on getting one, it is extremely important that every single parent or guardian should be understanding about these VR headsets. Although the Virtual Reality looks and sounds cool to interact with, having a lot of games to play, do social interactions, and even learn a lot through the VR headset, the metaverse still hosts a dark side to it.

The more and more we learn about the metaverse, as much pros as there are about the VR, there’s also a lot of cons. One of these cons is that there’s an extremely dark side to VR. But not a lot of people are talking about this and a lot of parents are having to find it out in unfortunate ways.

What You Should Know

There’s already been several instances of child abuse, harassment, racism, and other heinous things that have been committed using the VR technology. Now, this is definitely something that people are going to have to get taken care of. However, what makes things so difficult is a major flaw in the system.

Women looking into reflection on a mirror
DANNY G

For example, the most popular VR headset known as Oculus (by Meta, formerly Facebook) does not have any sort of parental controls on it. The Oculus app was one of the most trending apps on the App Store around the Christmas time. This means that hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions, have received VR headsets for the holidays. And this is only going to become more and more prevalent.

According to reports, kids want these VR headsets to take part in the metaverse so badly. But parents don’t understand what can and can’t come from them. And one of the things is that these headsets do not have any on-device filters. So basically this is unhinged and you have no control over what goes on in the browser. This means that having a VR headset in your household puts you and your family, mostly the kids, at a great risk out in the internet space.

Getting Protected

To counter the risk, a router with strong filtering and category controls is a must for families using the Oculus, or any other VR technology. This is extremely important to keep your family taken care of from terrible things. Things like racism, harassment, abuse, etc. aren’t something that your family needs while trying to have a good time on the internet.

CleanRouter
CleanRouter

This brings us to a really neat product called CleanRouter. CleanRouter is home of the ultimate parental controls. You can control what time of day your kids or family are allowed to use the internet. You also get to control which devices they’re allowed use internet on.

In this case, the VR headset connects to your Wi-Fi and the Wi-Fi will be filtered through CleanRouter. This will block inappropriate sites that may not be suitable for certain ages, or for people in general. It will also help manage your kids’ time because a lot of kids lose track of time in the VR world. So CleanRouter is a good way of constraining the time your kids spend time on it, whether that is 2 hours, 1 hour, or 30 minutes on the device.

With the advancing technology and risks, it’s better to take a step now and get your family protected not only on the VR and inside the metaverse but through every other device in your home. Learn more about CleanRouter here.

Top 10 BEST PC games! Check out the top 10 Cool digital products we showed off this year!

Today, we’ll be going over the 10 great video games that you can play now on your PC. We have a few options here for you to try out so 2022 will be one heck of a grinding! Without wasting anymore of your time, let’s get right into the top 10 best PC games.

Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite
Image credit: Xbox

To start off, we have Halo Infinite. Halo Infinite is the 6th mainline entry in the famous series of Halo, and also the 3rd installation in the “Reclaimer Saga.”

This is a first-person shooter video game that quite known for its amazing storyline that the game has been following through all these years. We’d say it’s definitely worth a try.

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5
Image credit: Steam

If you’re into cars and racing, Forza Horizon is a great pick. This is a racing video game developed by Playground games, and published by Xbox Game Studios.

Forza Horizon 5 is the fifth installation to the Forza Horizon title, as well as the 12th main installation to the main Forza series. Set in a fictional representation of Mexico, Forza Horizon 5 takes racing to the next level.

Inscryption

Inscryption
Image credit: Epic Games Store

Inscryption is a 2021 horror video game. The game is indie developed by Daniel Mullins Games and published by Devolver Digital.

This is a horror, deck-building game set in a cabin, where the players is to escape by beating a demonic force in a card game. The concept here is pretty unique but the game isn’t very famous yet.

Back 4 Blood

Back 4 Blood
Image credit: Epic Games

Back 4 Blood is an FPS online multiplayer video game developed by Turtle Rock Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

This is a survival horror game that lets you team up with your friends to oppose the inhuman force. A great choice for anyone that loves to have FBS and horror combined.

Age of Empires IV

Age of Empires IV
Image credit: Age of Empires

Developed by Relic Entertainment in partnership with World’s Edge, Age of Empires IV is a real-time strategy video game.

It is published by Xbox Game Studios and released on October 28, 2021. Age of Empires IV is the fourth installation to the Age of Empires series. This is definitely a game for anyone interested in some intense strategy.

Death’s Door

Death's Door
Image credit: Epic Games

Death’s Door is an action-adventure video game developed by Acid Nerve. The game is published by Devolver Digital and has been nominated for The Best Independent Game Award.

Since its release, Death’s Door has been receiving a great amount of positive feedback from its players.

Hot Wheels Unleashed

Hot Wheels Unleashed
Image credit: Steam

Developed and published by Milestone, Hot Wheels is a racing video game that follows the Hot Wheels series of toyline by Mattel.

This is another hot video game in our list today, and Hot Wheels Unleashed is another amazing video game for anyone that love cars and racing.

Aliens: Fireteam Elite

Aliens: Fireteam Elite
Image Credit: PlayStation

Developed by Cold Iron Studio in collaboration with Disney’s 20th Century Games, Aliens: Fireteam Elite is a multiplayer third-person shooter video game.

The game was initially released in 24 August 2021 and is developed as a standalone sequel to the original Alien trilogy.

Psychonauts 2

Psychonauts 2
Image credit: Wikipedia

Psychonauts 2 is a platform video game. Developed by Double Fine and published by Xbox Game Studios, Psychonauts 2’s initial release was back on August 25, 2021.

Psychonauts 2 follows a similar story like its previous where, where players take control of Raz, a young acrobat who is on his journey of becoming a Psychonaut.

Boomerang X

Boomerang X
Image credit: Steam

Boomerang X is an action video game where players fly around in areas and use their boomerang that they can throw at their enemies to slice them up. The game is set in a pretty fast environment, so it can be pretty fun and challenging as you play.

Initially released on 8 July, 2021, the game is developed by DANG! and published by Devolver Digital.

Umurangi Generation

Umurangi Generation
Image credit: Wikipedia

Umurangi Generation is a first-person simulation video game. The game tasks the player to take photos under certain circumstances. What makes the game even more fun is how the players have the ability to take photos according to their creativity, allowing them to use multiple methods, techniques, and opportunities while taking the photos.

The game is developed by Origame Digital and initially released on 19 May, 2020. It is published by Playism for Chinese and Japanese localization, while Active Gaming Media Inc. published it for English speaking countries.

Moving on, if you’re looking for any options to stay safe online, or you’re a parent reading this and you want to monitor what your kids do online, definitely check out CleanRouter. With all these technologies and video games out, you can easily manage what your kids do online with easy parental controls.

CleanRouter
CleanRouter

So cleanRouter is a pretty flexible parental control product. If you don’t want your kids to play a certain game, you can just block that certain game on your Wi-Fi. Or if you don’t want them to playing past 9 PM, you can easily turn off the internet past that time. Pretty neat, right?

HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS OFF TIKTOK! | HUGE CONSEQUENCES

Today, we’ll look into one of the craziest reports that we’ve seen in a while. A recent article by The Wall Street Journal mentioned that tech-savvy kids have been able to defeat Apple’s and others’ parental control features.

We work with parental controls every single day so this has got me itching enough to write this article today. Although Apple, Google, and other software platforms have developed and launched advanced parental control features, they seem to be not making the cut as smart tech-savvy kids are figuring out ways to workaround them.

So what’s the point of having parental controls if they won’t work as expected in the first place? Working on parental control features everyday, we know what works best and what protects your family best.

The Smarter Move

CleanRouter
CleanRouter

This is why we engineered CleanRouter, one of the best ways to keep your kids safe online. With a CleanRouter, you don’t have to deal with Apple or Google. CleanRouter goes right to the source. So instead of having to deal with an individual iPhone, or any other phone, tablet, or computer for that matter, you just have to connect the CleanRouter to your internet.

With your CleanRouter and internet connected together, you can now automatically see devices as soon as they get connected to the Wi-Fi. So you get to see which app or website they’re using, how long they’ve been using it, and basically everything that you want to know about what goes on in your family’s phones.

Additionally, if you don’t want your kids to access a certain website or app, in this instance TikTok, you can set up and configure a feature called Time Restrictions. So if you don’t want your kid using TikTok from 8-10 PM, 8-6 AM, or any other timeframe of your choice, you can easily set a block on it. You can actually turn off the internet at this time ,block access to that website or app, or basically anything else you want to do to protect your kids and family.

We have spent countless amount of time developing this technology that cannot be beaten. And as this connects directly to the source, it’s impossible for kids to workaround this.

A CleanPhone?

CleanPhone
CleanPhone

Additionally, we also have something called a CleanPhone that basically does the above mentioned parental controls on a phone level. So if your kids want a phone but you don’t want them to have access to certain data, you can buy them a CleanPhone and have parental controls without even the need of Wi-Fi.

CleanPhone features
CleanPhone features

So having the CleanPhone can grant you parental controls without the need of having to connect to the internet. You can manage apps, monitor calls and messages, set apps they can and can’t use, schedule app usage, and get timely screentime reports.

These are all the kind of abilities that CleanPhone and CleanRouter provides for families and parents all across the country. We believe this is something that every parent should have in their household. If you want to learn more, do check out CleanRouter and CleanPhone as we have a limited Christmas sale going on.

100 HACKS A MINUTE!?|LOG4J

Today, we’ll talk through exactly what happened with the Log4j hack and all the vulnerabilities that were exposed. We’ll also look into the magnitude of exactly what happened with Log4j.

The Insane Numbers

A lot of hackers, including Chinese state-backed groups, were involved in the launching of more than 840,000 attacks initiated on companies around the world since last Friday. That, indeed, is an insane amount of hacks!

Image by Ars Technica

As the cyber security group Check Point reported, the attacks relating to the Log4j vulnerability spiked in the 72 hours since Friday. Additionally, the researchers were seeing as many as over 100 attacks a minute.

My roommate, who works for Amazon, told me how they had to drop everything they were doing to put all hands on deck and go all in on releasing a patch for the Log4j vulnerability.

And according to Charles Carmakal, chief technology officer at the cyber company Mandiant, the perpetrators include even the Chinese government attackers.

The Flaw

The flaw reported in Log4j allows attackers to swiftly gain control over computers running apps in Java.

Java
Credit: The Verge

According to Check Point, many cases of the hacks saw the purpose of taking control over computers to mine cryptocurrency, or to become part of botnets. Botnets is a vast network of computers. They have the potential to ultimately overwhelm websites with traffic, send spam, or for other illegal purposes.

Ultimately, this is something that you definitely want to look out for when it comes to large companies. So it’s really a necessary measure to figure out how exactly you can protect yourself against it.

Speaking of protecting yourself, here’s a few words about the ultimate internet protection for you and your family. CleanRouter is a device that you can use in your home. It can protect your phone not only from cyber attacks but also from harmful things on the Internet that you do not want in your home.

CleanRouter comes with the ultimate parental controls. This allows you to control every single device in the house with only a phone. So you can have a parental control app that will control these devices, as well as set time restrictions and prohibit accessing certain websites.

Apple Bans Parental Control Apps. Here’s what you need to know!

Apple has recently banned some of the most popular parental control apps from the App Store. (Update: Apple retracted the anti-MDM policy on June 4, 2019.) The remaining apps in the store have removed the ability to provide effective parental controls. We created CleanRouter because we believed parents should have control over the amount of screen time and content on their children’s devices. We still do.

 

What can you do to protect your family? Our Child App for Android and iOS are distributed via our internal infrastructure and NOT through Apple’s App Store. Our Child App has the following features:

  • Enable or disable specific apps
  • Enable time restrictions
  • Turn the device’s internet off and on
  • CleanBrowser, which replaces Safari, Chrome, etc., to provide safe browsing on your Clean Router network or a 4G connection

 

How do you get started? Our Child App is included in the mobile subscription, so Clean Router users on this plan can contact support to get started! Email us at support@cleanrouter.com,  call 520-445-4673 during our regular service hours of 7am-7pm MST (Arizona time) weekdays, 10am-4pm Saturday, or use the live chat feature on our website, CleanRouter.com! Families with the basic subscription, now is a great time to upgrade! Contact us today using any of the methods above!

 

If you have been following the controversy surrounding this story, you may have read about a technology called Mobile Device Management, or MDM. After meeting all of Apple’s requirements, including applying for several licenses, we have implemented the use of MDM in our Child App. It’s the only way to give parents the ability to see what apps are on their kids’ devices and allow or block those apps. For reasons Apple has not disclosed, the use of MDM is permitted on Apple devices, but the distribution of apps using MDM through the App store is now prohibited. Other articles have pointed out how this decision coincides with the release of Apple’s new parental controls feature, Screen Time. We will not comment on Apple’s possible motives.

 

Of course, families should guard their online privacy closely and choose their parental controls software with great care. Clean Router only gathers and uses the necessary data for the Child App to function properly. We also do not share or sell data to third parties. We have followed and will continue to follow the policies put in place by both Apple and Google. If you ever have any questions or concerns about your Clean Router, please contact us using any of the methods listed above.

 

Clean Router remains dedicated to providing families with online peace of mind.

 

Order your Clean Router today!

 

Feature Friday: Skip the ads with Clean YouTube!

At best, YouTube ads are repetitive and annoying. At worst, they can be lengthy, inappropriate (Fifty Shades of Grey trailer, anyone?), and intrusive. Even kid-friendly videos can have adult commercials!

 

When Clean Router was developing Clean YouTube, we committed to bringing our customers the best of YouTube without any of the slime.That’s why eliminating YouTube ads was a no-brainer. Online peace of mind does not allow for an R-rated interruption.

 

Don’t worry, you can still search for your favorite Superbowl commercials. But now, Clean YouTube users can view only the commercials that make them laugh– not the ones that make them cringe.

 

You can use Clean YouTube at any time at cleanyoutube.io or download the CleanYouTube app from the App Store (iOS) or the Google Play Store (Android).

 

Skip the ads with Clean YouTube! Save time and worry AND keep everything you love about YouTube. It’s the quintessential win-win situation!

 

What do you love about Clean YouTube? Comment below!

 

Ready to protect your home and family with Clean Router and CleanYouTube? Get started by clicking here!

 

 

Feature Friday: What the Clean Browser Can Do For You!

We built Clean Router with the idea that families could build a wall around their homes to keep out all online pornography and age-inappropriate content. All devices that enter a Clean Router-protected home, regardless of type or owner, would be unable to breach that wall. Now, it’s time to put that Clean Router protection on your mobile devices and have it go to work, to school, to church– just like your family.

 

The Clean Browser app is now available for Android devices! All of the customizable filtering and controls from Clean Router, now with the mobility and convenience of an app.

 

The Clean Browser app currently has the following features:

1.  Blocks apps: Users can specify which apps installed on the phone should be blocked.
2.  Blocks Settings: The device’s settings are only accessible with the router password.
3.  (Optional) Custom launcher: Prevents the use of the Google Search features and requires the device to use Clean Search, our search engine.
4.  Uses CleanSearch.io as the default search engine.
5.  Logs internet activity in the routers logs: This works just as if the device was still connected to the Clean Router network.
6.  Honors time restrictions (configured on the router for this device): Disables use of every app when restriction is in place (even outside of home network).
7.  Disables device when Remote Control app disables (even outside of home network): No matter where a device is, if a Clean Router administrator locks the device through the Clean Router Remote Control app, the device is locked.
8.  Honors your Clean Router’s Black List: All websites on your Clean Router’s Black List will be blocked, even outside of the Clean Router network.
9.  Prompts user to enter a user-friendly nickname for each mobile device on the network.
10. Same easy filter bypass by entering the administrator password, just as if your device was connected to a Clean Router network.
11. Allows filter bypass to a blocked app or screen using the administrator password even when device is not connected to the internet.
In a nutshell, this is the same Clean Router you already know and love. But now, with the Clean Browser app, the Clean Router protection and online peace of mind does not have to end at your front door.
Android users can download Clean Browser at the Google Play store. iOS users, hang in there, the Clean Browser app is coming to the iTunes Store soon! All users please note that you may need to upgrade your Clean Router subscription to use Clean Router apps.

 

To use the Clean Browser app, Clean Router needs to be running version 3.4.0.7 or later. If your Clean Router is an older version, please contact our support team by calling 520-445-4673, emailing support@cleanrouter.com, or using the live chat function on our website.

 

Clean Browser users, keep your eyes open for us, ok? Clean Browser is a brand-new app, so let us know if you see any bugs or errors. Think of this as our beta testing period.

 

To learn more about Clean Router and the online peace of mind we’re bringing families across the country, click here!

Feature Friday: Remote Control App available in iTunes!

We are thrilled to announce that the Remote Control App is in the iTunes Store!

 

Now today’s on-the-go parents can adjust their Clean Router settings from anywhere with the Remote Control app! Did the kids call to report completed chores? Taking Minecraft off of the Black List only takes three clicks! Does Susie need access to an art website for a project? You can put that website on the White List in seconds!

 

iOS users can download the Clean Router Remote Control app from the iTunes Store. Android users, remember you can get the Remote Control App in the Google Play store. All users please note that you may need to upgrade your Clean Router subscription to use Clean Router apps.

 

To use the Remote Control app, Clean Router needs to be running version 3.4.0.7 or later. If your Clean Router is an older version, please contact our support team by calling 520-445-4673, emailing support@cleanrouter.com, or using the live chat function on our website.

 

Have you tried the Remote Control app? What do you love about it? Comment below!

Feature Friday: Clean Browser Available Now For Android!

We are excited to announce that Clean Browser is now available in the Google Play store!

 

Clean Browser is a mobile app that provides kid-friendly internet on any internet network, including 4G! We repeat– even if your kid goes to the mall, to Starbucks, to school or uses the data plan in your home, Clean Browser will continue to protect the mobile device.

 

Clean Router has you covered at home, and now Clean Browser extends your peace of mind outside your home to wherever your kids are.

 

To use the Clean Browser app, Clean Router needs to be running version 3.4.0.7 or later. If your Clean Router runs an older version, please contact our support team by calling 520-445-4673, emailing support@cleanrouter.com, or using the live chat function on our website. While the Clean Browser app is free to download, some users may need to upgrade their subscription.

 

Clean Browser is still a BRAND NEW PRODUCT, so we are still in beta testing. If you have any suggestions or experience any errors, please take a screen shot and contact our support team!

 

Have you tried the Clean Browser? What do you love about it?

 

Comment below!