iphone accountability

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Is covenant eyes looking into providing an internet accountability application for iphones?
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sven

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Luke Gilkerson

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Covenant Eyes has been working on providing accountability for iPhone users for several months now. Unfortunately, in order to do this in the same manner we offer accountability to PC and Mac users, it will require support from Apple that we currently do not have. In short, the problem is with the interface and background processes for the iPhone. We are, however, currently experimenting with another method of accountability for the iPhone that still requires some testing.

Thanks for your question.
Luke Gilkerson
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Covenant Eyes
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Erik Hansen

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I am very interested in an accountability application for the iPhone. Please email me at: renderblender AT gmail when this is ready. Thanks!
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sjsmith5

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This would be a huge help. Thanks for looking into this as an option.
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Luke Gilkerson

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I answered this question in a recent blog post on the Covenant Eyes blog, Breaking Free: http://www.covenanteyes.com/blog/2008...

Hope it answers your question!

Luke Gilkerson
Internet Community Manager
Covenant Eyes
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Luke Gilkerson

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http://www.covenanteyes.com/blog/2009...

We now have the beta-version available to be tested. Email us now if you are interested: iphonebeta@covenanteyes.com

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Bill Lawson, Employee

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Apple limits the number of beta testers a project may have. We have reached that limit. Thanks to those of you who have signed up to beta test for Covenant Eyes. For the rest of you we hope to have a release version of Covenant Eyes for the iPhone soon.
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pkooistra

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Don't know if you have found your solution yet Sven... but I finally found some accountability for my ipod touch. It was a real pain, but I have posted some help for parents at http://ibcstudentministries.org/2009/...
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Luke Gilkerson

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The Covenant Eyes iPhone and iPod touch app is now available.
http://www.covenanteyes.com/blog/2009...
Thanks to everyone who made this possible!
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Bob Cawlfield

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I believe that there is a great demand for a filter in the CE iPhone app. And have you thought about putting an app out on cydia? I am sure that I can find a developer to help.
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Bob Cawlfield

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:))
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Dave Caswell, Developer

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Hi Bob,

This is a topic that has come up several times. However, we have made a conscious decision to work within the constraints of the official OS and App Store ecosystem.

Thanks for the suggestion though, we always appreciate interest in our applications.

Dave Caswell
Covenant Eyes
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Todd Thomas

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Without the ability for CE to act as a proxy (you must use the CE browser App), it's far too easy to bypass the benefit/security of running CE. Are there any plans to improve the CE App so it can better control and monitor sites visited?
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Dave Caswell, Developer

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Hi Todd,

Unfortunately, due to the limitations of the iOS ecosystem, there is no way to make our application monitor activity from other apps.

We do watch Apple's updates to iOS very closely and hopefully future OS updates will provide us with the ability to monitor internet activity from other applications. If those changes should occur, I can safely say it would be a very high priority to upgrade our app to utilize any new functionality.

Please let me know if you have any further comments or suggestions.

Dave Caswell
Covenant Eyes
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TonyG

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Does CE rate each site reported an teh accountability list from iPads? if it doesn't filter the sites, is there a way the accountability partner can quickly look over the sites visited and determine if the person is having trouble?

TonyG
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Alaina

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While there is no filtering available for the iPad, CE will rate and report the sites that are visited through the CE browser on the iPad which your accountability partner will be able to see.
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Dan

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The issue is more than the browser, it is being able to access certain apps in the app store that allow adult content. Is there any way to block certain apps from being downloaded or at least monitored and reported for the iPhone? This is where the value would be greatest for me and honestly this limitation is why I have not purchased CE to this point. K9 can do a good job with browser blocking for free, everything else is will power, which is often hard to come by and why most people are interested in filtering in the first place. Until certain apps can be blocked/filtered it will be a long struggle when the going gets tough.
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Good morning, Dan. These are good questions. Apple has certain functions in place on the phone that will allow you to accomplish what you're hoping, I think. In the case you've described, you'll need an accountability partner, a sponsor, a friend, or a spouse to help you. Go into settings:general:restrictions have the previously mentioned partner set the four digit passcode to restrictions so that you don't know it. If you're using the CE browser, we recommend turning off Safari, but we also recommend turning off "installing apps". By doing this, you'll prevent yourself from installing an app that allows questionable content in the future. We recognize that this is a significant sacrifice, but it is certainly the most iron-clad means of preventing oneself from falling to temptation during a tough time. The long-in-short is that it allows you to reap the benefits of one moment of will power for months to come. If you need a certain app down the road, you'll have to have your partner help you install it by temporarily granting you access to the app store again. Please let us know if you have any other questions.