PG Key is a USB device that can be used by parents to block content, restrict access to a computer (in general or based on time limits), and it can also record chatting and viewing history. Although my children are quite young, I was eager to try out this device because it seemed so simple – plug and play functionality and there are no monthly fees associated with it. We have never tried any of the other filtering programs out there so I have no idea how PG Key might compare to them.
After taking PG Key out of the box, I plugged it into my USB drive and the hardware was set up and running within 1 minute. It is very simple to use. I went to the google search engine and typed in the word “nude.” The third website listed in the search results was for some teen p*rn site and the last two results on the page were for other similar sites. So, it wasn’t the best result, but without PG Key running there were some pictures that automatically cropped up in the search results page as well. I certainly did not put this device through exhaustive testing since my children are so little – my daughter does not know how to search for any terms yet, she simply clicks around.
It wasn’t until I tried to change some of the settings that I learned that I needed to set up an online account. This was also rather easy to do, but I didn’t particularly see the need for this step. I think that the company should have made this device fully functional without the additional information. I also noticed that PG Key gets very hot to the touch (not burning hot) after just a few minutes of use.
On my regular weekly library run I decided to ask the librarians if they would allow me to use PG Key at their computers and they replied that its use was fine. So, if you are worried about the unrestricted access that is offered at libraries, then this device may help to alleviate some of your concern. However, as pointed out above, PG Key does not seem to block all objectionable content.
Pros: Very simple to use and portable.
Cons: You need to set up an online account to have access to all features. Does not block all objectionable content.
Read what other reviewers’ experiences with PG Key here.
I received a free PG Key for the purpose of this review. I did not receive any further compensation for my opinion as a member of The Old Schoolhouse Crew.