iOS loophole browsing within apps?

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I am a long-time CE user and I'm very grateful for the software. On my iPhone I currently have Safari disabled and I can't install any apps without a password that only my wife has. It's a hassle but the freedom I felt is worth it.

I thought I was all set until I started noticing there are a lot of apps that have their own built-in browsers, including many apps that I would not expect to have such a feature. As far as I can tell, any such in-app browsing is not monitored by CE. For me, that is a giant loophole! In my weaker moments it's a huge temptation. Is there any way to either monitor or disable this kind of in-app browsing? My only other option is to delete a sizable chunk of apps off of my iPhone, including a few I use often and consider necessary. I'm really hoping someone can help me find a way to avoid that. Thanks.
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maguffin

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Samantha, Alum

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Hi Maguffin,
    Thanks for the post. This is a loophole we are very aware of at Covenant Eyes. Apple places a restriction on application developers that disallows one application from interfering with or interacting with another. This is why we cannot monitor Safari or any other application on the iOS devices.
     That being said, we have been working with Apple to develop an application that will offer more coverage on iOS devices. The resulting application is currently in a small, closed Beta, and the official release will depend on how that testing phase progresses, so in the meantime, the safest way to maintain your integrity online is to delete any applications that are causing you temptation and be on the look out for the official release of our new iOS application.

I hope that helps!
Samantha
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maguffin

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Thanks very much. I'm disappointed to hear that but I totally understand, and I'm grateful that you are working on a solution. In the mean time, deleting certain apps on my phone would definitely cause some serious inconvenience for me. I've been planning to buy a new phone soon. Would this problem be solvable if I switched to Android?
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Kevin

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Hi Maguffin, I saw your post and wanted to share my experience with you. Don't switch to Android - there are more loopholes there that are impossible to safely close. Although you have to sacrifice using countless iPhone apps, an iPhone with Covenant Eyes and restrictions is the only way to close all the avenues to porn on your device. Also disable the Apple News app as that has a built-in browser as well. Tell your accountability partner right away if you ever stumble upon an app with a built in browser. Apps to stay away from include all Google apps, Dropbox, My Fitness Pal, and the YouVersion Bible app (yes, crazy, I know). If really want a certain app that has a built in browser I've read on these forums of someone who used Apple's restrictions to restrict all websites except a list of safe sites. Sacrifice with this though is you can't allow any search engines like Google because of the image search capability and can't freely browse the web. Doing it this way would allow you to have many more apps, though (of course still no apps with built in image search capability like the Goohle app, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc). Hope this helps. It's hard to stay pure, and many sacrifices have to be made, but it's worth it and Covenant Eyes is the best solution out there to help.
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maguffin

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Sorry for the late response. For some reason I didn't see a notification of your reply. Anyway, good to know. I was seriously considering a switch to Android but this gives me great pause. Could you please elaborate and give me more details about why android offers less protection? Thanks!