Accountable2You, Internet Protection We Recommend

It’s easy to think it will never happen to your family. But if you were to ask the parents of a son who had an immoral internet addiction, they would likely call it a tragedy. We receive e-mails from families who are heartbroken over this.

One is never above temptation. Even David, a man after God’s own heart, stumbled and fell. As such, we choose to put safeguards in place. Having Internet protection is one such way. Although we’ve tried multiple over the years, our current favorite is an app called Accountable2You.

Last fall we began having problems with K9, the service we were using for Internet protection. It often locked up a computer so that it couldn’t access the Internet at all. We uninstalled and reinstalled K9, but then we discovered, it wasn’t working at all. We tried to get support, but there was no response.

So I asked my married sons, who work in the computer industry, what they were personally using. They both said Accountable2You. Accountable2You tracks Internet activity but doesn’t block. When we initially heard about Accountable2You, we weren’t interested because we wanted blocking. But when K9 wasn’t working for us, and we needed another solution, we realized that we weren’t aware of any of us stumbling onto a bad site that K9 protected us from. Often, though, K9 blocked us from good sites. As I talked to our “computer” sons about that, they said that because we use Google Safe Search, there isn’t as much possibility of accidentally stumbling onto a bad site.

Accountable2You has something called VPN that is part of their phone app that can track web-browsing on any browser, not just their browser. So we also use Accountable2You on our phones rather than Mobicip, our previous phone protection. With Accountable2You VPN, we now use Safari. Mobicip forced us to use their browser, which didn’t work nearly as well as Safari.

I receive a daily report for each device from Accountable2You. Steve gets my reports. It is a summary. I can go online for a detailed report. It is much easier to read and understand than K9 was. If there is questionable usage, I will get an immediate text or email.

We requested support help from Accountable2You a couple of times. Within an hour, they responded and solved my problemamazing! I did not receive replies to my support requests to K9 at all.

We pay $9.99 a month for up to 20 devices on their family plan. So far we are more than pleased with Accountable2You.

Great news. You can try out Accountable2You for a month completely free using the promo code Titus2. The link is Titus2’s affiliate link, which blesses the ministry with a 15% credit each month you’re using Accountable2You. Important note on the free month: the website will say 10 days, as that’s the standard trial, but when you get near the end of the checkout, it will say Promo Code: Titus2 (100% off once). So as long as you have the promo code in there, you’ll get a free month.

Questions? Ask below, and we’ll try to help or check out Accountable2You’s site.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

“Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”
Mark 14:38

12 thoughts on “Accountable2You, Internet Protection We Recommend”

  1. Hi Terry,

    It’s wonderful to know that there are these great resources out here for us! God is faithful to provide protection for His children. It’s also encouraging to see families implementing this within their homes. It seems most people we share our internet accountability to are not interested or believe they are fine and don’t need accountability. I believe we need to do all we can to guard and protect ourselves from the enemy whom is lurking and prowling around like a lion seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8). We use Covenant Eyes and have so for a couple years and have not had any issues.
    Much Love to all the Maxwells!
    All for Jesus,
    Kim

    1. You’re welcome! Yes, someone in our family tried Covenant Eyes but had technical issues with it (on the Mac side). But that’s great it’s worked well for you.

  2. You don’t have to post this,but I thought you might be interested to know that we use Covenant Eyes. I love that it is a Christian company, and they have wonderful phone support. It is also one price per month for all the family devices (including phones and tablets), and we appreciate that you can either choose by user different settings: tracking without blocking sites, or they have several predone settings with blocking (young child, teenager, young adult), or they will even help you set up individual blocking. For my 8 year old son, who uses an internet based math program, Covenant Eyes helped me block everything else, including Google searches.

    1. Thank you! One person in our family tried Covenant Eyes but had issues with it and had to reinstall every 6 months or so. This was on a Mac platform, so we don’t have experience on the Windows side.

  3. Hello!
    I understand the husband-wife accountability and applaud the efforts. We have quickly growing young children who will certainly be on internet lockdown in a few brief years. My question – how did you transition the adults living in your home from monitored internet using these apps to personal accountability? Obviously, for example, there is no wife to hold Jesse accountable or a husband to hold Mary accountable. Now that they are no longer children, how does this work?

    1. Sorry. I guess I didn’t make it very clear. Our adult, unmarried children have chosen to have me as their accountability partner, like Steve has. All of their reports come to me, and only my reports go to Steve.

  4. Thank you for your helpful tipps.
    We used k9, but also had issue with it.
    Now we have Salfeld, a German protection software.
    I will try your suggestion after the year with Salfeld.

    Blesings,
    Susi

  5. Thank you so much for this review of Accountable2You. We just switched. Last year we bought 2 Chromebooks for schoolwork – having no idea it would be impossible to monitor/lockdown the internet but still allow school sites to be used. So this year we relied on “we live in close quarters and the “use the internet with a partner method” of monitoring. We were THRILLED to find out that Accountable2You works with chromebooks! We are indebted to you 🙂

  6. We don’t have any internet protection things right now, but my parents want to get one. They’re really strict with the internet, like I have an ipod but its not serviced and I can only use the internet on the lap top if one of them is watching me.

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