Windows Phone: Alternative Solutions for Covenant Eyes?

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I have a Nokia Lumia 810 running Windows Phone 8, and I know Covenant Eyes has no app for Windows Phone. One alternative I thought of was to disable or restrict access via password to Internet Explorer on my phone, but I've not found a way to do so. Does anyone know of a way to do such a thing? Otherwise, is there another solution that would accomplish the same thing (other apps I'm unaware of, perhaps)?

Cheers and thanks.
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Chaz Schaefer

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dan beard

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Hello there
I have the same problem, there is solution to windows phone users out there.
When will a software firm capitalise on windows phone users?
It is so annoying...
If anyone knows of a company please let me know too.
Thanks Dan
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Blackberry had applications you could use to password lock the other apps on your phone, such as the Blackberry browser. I have begged CE in the past to, if nothing else, develop such an app especially for Internet Explorer on Windows Phone. It's not a total solution but it would be a GREAT start & better than the nothing we currently have. I understand, prudence would dictate stay away from Windows Phone etc. I get it. I got my Windows Phone with the (naive) assumption that there would be SOMETHING that could be used to block IE if nothing else. To date, there is nothing and Microsoft apparently has no interest in developing ANY safety for IE on WP. I like the WP far & away above Android and iPhone, but I understand why CE hasn't developed anything for it yet: not enough demand. Chaz's post though would seem to indicate that there are a growing segment of WP users out there literally begging CE to do this. If I do find a worthwhile app I will post it here.
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Unfortunately, there is no way within the current Windows Phone ecosystem to create software that would be able to monitor or restrict access to Internet Explorer on Windows Phone.

Hopefully, future versions of the OS will provide the capability for Accountability and protection on these devices.
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Thanks Dave for the reply. At least you guys are monitoring & aware of the situation. :-)

In the interim, I'm pursuing a solution of restricting website access via my router at home (which is the only place I have problems.) And it's only one site, and in my case if I have even the slightest barrier to entry it's always enough to keep me from surfing where I don't belong. I already use CE of course on the desktop and it works beautifully. Thanks again!
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Cory

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Dave- has this changed with the new release of Windows Phone 8.1? 
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For the sake of conversation I am going to jump in and respond to all Windows Phone questions in the thread I will link below. Hopefully that will help keep everyone on the same page.

Thanks


https://helpforum.covenanteyes.com/covenanteyes/topics/windows_phone_8_windows_rt
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Gutted to find out that the windows phone platform is not supported by CE. Please invest time into this platform. By the time you have developed the product I am convinced that the market share would have grown and you would have a competitive advantage over other companies! There are many window phone users ready to support you.
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Hey J,

Thanks for expressing your passion for windows phone and your desire to see Covenant Eyes implemented on the platform. We do want to eventually bring something to the Windows Phone market, and a lot of the recent development on the android and iOS environments has the potential to port to Windows if their OS continues to develop like we expect it to.

Keep your ears open and we will let you know as soon as we know anything.

As a side note, recent Windows Phone stats can be found in the link below

http://blogs.computerworld.com/windows-phone/23904/windows-phone-stuck-3-world-market-share-time-cal...
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Hey folks, I've done some research and have learned that there is a native filtering/protection feature for Windows Phone.  It's part of Microsoft's Family Safety platform feature.  You can set up the kid/adult settings and have a phone managed as a protected device for free, similar to what you can do with PCs and Surface units.  I've setup myself as a kid and have setup filtering settings on my phone, reporting into my wife's account (who is setup as the adult).  She can check activity via http://windowsphone.com or via https://familysafety.live.com.  It's not a perfect solution but its a stop gap until the Covenant Eyes folks make a change with their current stance.