Remove blocking of non-stock browser

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Can You please consider option to remove blocking of non-stock browsers?
I would like to enable specific web text-only browser.
There is an option to to block newly installed applications on a device so I don't see any benefit of forcing not to use alternative browsers.
Thanks
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Michael

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Annelise, Official Rep

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Hello Michael,

Thank you for contacting us and for your question! The reason why we block non-stock browsers is due to the fact that we currently cannot filter inside of any other browsers. We hope to change that in the future, but if you are a filter user and are running our beta on your Android we are going to restrict your access from browsers that we cannot filter in. 

Our app locking feature is great for locking down access to apps by choice, but in this case, in order for our filtering to be effective, we have to automatically lock down the non-stock browsers.

If you have any further questions feel free to contact our Customer Service at 877.479.1119.

Best regards,
Annelise
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Steel

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I use a third party browser... What version of CE do you use? ... Although I use monitoring, vs filtering..

That aside, this is a *great* idea; eliminating images could be a great help for users assuming to avoid triggers of that nature.(!)
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Michael

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Thank you for reply.
I'm still not convinced - if the CE allows to block newly installed apps than there is no difference if 'insecure' app installed on Android (browser or any other app) is going to be blocked by this feature or by auto no-stock browser blocking.
Allowing administrator to decide which application is secure (for instance text based browser) seems to me more beneficial.
But that's only my opinion - I'm wondering what other users think.
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Ezra Miller

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Yeah, not happy about this either.  I use Firefox on Android specifically for being able to use Adblock.  I just don't think that CE is actually being up front with us as customers.  There's lots of variables that are in the picture we don't know about, but I'm not convinced that not being able to monitor is one of them.  I mean, if CE were to contact the other web browser developers, I'm sure they would be more than happy to help CE out.
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Hello Ezra,

Thanks for sharing your feedback with us about the most recent changes in our Android app. I'm genuinely sorry they've resulted in inconvenience for you.

We did not take these changes lightly. As we developed the latest update, we knew we'd introduce significant changes for some of our Android users. We're working hard to bring you the best balance of monitoring and usability we possibly can. We're not trying to hide anything, but we're also trying to deliver accountability software that's reasonably circumvention resistant. Balancing those objectives for a diverse user base is a challenge that we're constantly working on.

Please keep us apprised of your thoughts here; we want to take them into consideration.  If you have any further questions feel free to contact our Customer Service at 877.479.1119.

Best regards,
Annelise
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