But how does it do that, and exactly what features are included?
In this article, we’re going to provide a breakdown of the functionality included with Norton Family and what devices it supports, before discussing how good this suite is for parental control duties.What is Norton Family?
Norton Family is a parental control suite that is designed to keep your children safe when they’re online – or offline for that matter (more on that later). It rather niftily provides protection for all your kids, no matter how many, with unlimited devices covered.
The kind of features offered here include monitoring to see what your offspring is up to online, the ability to restrict device usage to certain times, and of course defenses to keep kids from stumbling onto any nastiness while browsing the web.
Note that you also get this parental control package if you buy the more advanced security suites from this firm, namely Norton 360 Deluxe or Norton 360 Premium (in these suites it’s called Parental Control rather than Norton Family, but it’s the same thing).
(Image credit: Norton) What devices can I use Norton Family on?
Norton Family can be installed on unlimited devices, and supports not just Windows PCs, but also Android and iOS devices (the only thing you don’t get here is support for Macs, basically). Windows 10 (but not Windows 10 S Mode) and Windows 8 are supported – but not the Edge browser – and on mobile, you need to be running Android 6.0 or better, or if you have an Apple device, iOS 13 or newer.Norton Family: what features does it have?
Want to know what this suite is capable of? Let’s look at some of the highlights of Norton Family’s feature set. Note that some abilities are only available on certain platforms – so app blocking, for instance, is just on Android – and we’ll flag this up wherever this is the case.
A core element of any piece of parental control software, this lets you see where your kids are browsing on the web, and facilitates the blocking of inappropriate sites. It’s possible to block content over a whole host of diverse categories (not just the usual options relating to pornography, drugs and so forth).
As the name suggests, this allows for setting time limits and managing when your kids can use their devices, blocking them off at bedtime or maybe meal times (or you can use ‘Instant Lock’ to temporarily, but instantly, block a device).
With home schooling perhaps still on your mind following lockdowns in some countries, this feature helps to manage remote learning on the child’s device, keeping them focused on work and not allowing any distractions by limiting web access strictly to educational content (which could be useful for homework time, too).
This lets you monitor your child’s web searching activities to see if they’re looking for anything inappropriate. It also implements Norton’s Safe Search to filter out unsuitable search results. Furthermore, videos watched at YouTube are monitored and you can see a thumbnail and description to quickly let you judge whether a viewed clip might be anything potentially dodgy.
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Mobile App Supervision
With this feature you can see what apps your kids have downloaded, and block any that you feel are unsuitable. Note, however, this this is for Android devices only, so iOS users are left out here (that said, this isn’t Norton’s fault, as the reason is wrapped up in the way Apple implements its mobile OS with tight security measures).
For parents worried about where their child might be not when online, but in the real world instead, Norton Family offers a full system of location tracking (and a 30-day history of where they’ve been) for both Android and iOS mobiles. Alert Me is a further feature tied in with this which delivers automatic alerts when a child reaches certain defined locations (school, home and so forth), with impressively in-depth options and controls for these functions.
Some equally in-depth reports are provided on everything your kids have done, and these can be accessed from a well-organized web portal.How good is Norton Family?
Norton has a good reputation within the security world and the Norton antivirus engine is consistently ranked highly by the independent test labs. That, of course, isn’t strictly relevant to the Norton Family product itself, but the pedigree of the developer is always a consideration and this is a quality parental control suite which blends power and convenience with some great filtering and location controls - our Norton Family review goes into more detail.
The asking price for Norton Family is more than reasonable given that it delivers support for an unlimited amount of devices, so no matter how big your family – and how much kit is owned therein – you’ll be covered with one subscription.
That’s an impressive value proposition, but the other consideration is whether you might want to plump for Norton 360 Deluxe instead, which includes the Parental Control module.
Now, Norton 360 Deluxe is a bit more expensive if you go by the recommended asking prices, but the internet security suite is invariably heavily discounted, and after price-cutting is generally only a little more expensive than Norton Family (if not the same price, at times). The trade-off is that only five devices are supported by Norton 360 Deluxe, but if that’s all you need, then you get a fully-fledged security suite with a whole host of extra features for not a lot more money.
It’s worth thinking about, certainly, but the bottom line is both these products offer good value, and feature-wise they compare favorably to rivals – very favorably in the case of Norton Family.
Apple’s MacBook Pro line is seeing another regeneration, with the introduction of the MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) and the MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021), and the return of certain ports and a refreshed design is already making a lot of users excited.
However, for some it felt like a battle to get to this point. For the past five years various MacBooks have come with the Touch Bar, which is an OLED strip above the keyboard that replaced the F1 keys. They didn’t strike a chord with users, with many opting to go for MacBooks that had a Function Row, which is the row of F1 keys, instead.
But with the new MacBook Pro models, the Touch Bar is no more with Apple seemingly acknowledging that it wasn’t what pros wanted.
While we await the new models and macOS 12 Monterey, let’s look back at how the Touch Bar missed the mark.
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Back in 2016 the MacBook line was in flux. USB-C was slowly replacing the ports in each product, which began with the MacBook 12-inch (2015), which came with only one USB-C port.
A year later, the MacBook Pro 15-inch (2016) arrived with the Touch Bar. While it was a surprise to see the Function Row be replaced by an OLED strip, there was hope that developers would be able to take full advantage of what the Touch Bar could offer. Apple would tout the benefits of how it would change depending on the app you were using, so you could access your bookmarks in Safari, or scrub a timeline when watching a film.
As the years passed, however, Apple didn’t improve upon the OLED bar. While the Escape key made a return with the MacBook Pro 16-inch (2019), the software and hardware side of the Touch Bar never improved past its 2016 unveiling. Small hopes of it gaining tactile feedback similar to the Haptic Touch of the iPhones never came to fruition. Also, while the Touch Bar arrived on other MacBook Pro models, it never came to the keyboards or the MacBook Air.
It was a missed opportunity for Apple. There was a potential to finally be rid of the F1 row and replace it with a Touch Bar that would offer contextualised buttons that would change to the users’ needs. Tools such as BetterTouchTool would give users the ability to customize it to their liking, but the benefits only went so far.
Users even managed to run DOOM on the Touch Bar, just because.
But after five years, Apple has conceded that the Function Row needed to come back. Alongside the updates that the new MacBook Pro models bring, this is going to be a talking point as big as the notch.What’s old is new again
At Apple’s Unleashed event, the company mentioned that “The Function Row was coming back to bring back the familiar tactile feel of mechanical keys that pros love.”
After my MacBook Air (2013) died a death after the SSD failed, I’ve been waiting for a MacBook to take full advantage of Apple’s Silicon hardware, beyond the M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020).
With these new MacBooks, the MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) looks to be the perfect upgrade. Features like ProMotion, the extra ports, the powerful M1 Pro chip and the display all make this a justifiable upgrade that could last as long as my old MacBook Air did. The design reminds me of Apple’s PowerBook G4 from 2004, which is not a negative - it’s a positive that the company is being influenced by products from its past.
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I’m also curious on how it will perform for games and virtualization. Apple’s record on games has been hit and miss, especially when you look past Apple Arcade.
However, the M1 Pro and M1 Max look to showcase how games can perform even better than the M1 chip. With up to four monitors supported with the M1 Max chip for instance, playing a game on one monitor while using macOS on the other three is now possible. The new chips may also bring developers back into the macOS fold, especially as the Touch Bar is no more.
It’s an interesting time to be on the lookout for an upgrade to the MacBook. As Apple is clearly more aware of the needs of its users on the Mac again now that the demise of the Touch Bar has arrived, it’s exciting to think of what the high-end iMac and Mac Pro devices could be capable of once they’re unveiled.
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Microsoft's PowerToys are open-source utilities that aim to make Windows users more productive and the next addition to the collection will address one of the most annoying aspects of using multiple monitors.
According to a recent tweet from the software giant's senior program manger Clint Rutkas, the company's next PowerToy will make things much easier for 4K monitor, ultrawide monitor and multiple monitor users.
When using multiple monitors or a single monitor with a high resolution, it can often be difficult to find one's mouse cursor while working. Thankfully though, Microsoft's new yet still unnamed PowerToy will highlight a user's mouse cursor with a white circle to make it easier to find.
While you can already enable an option that highlights your mouse cursor with rings when you press the control button, Rutkas explained in a reply to his original tweet that this new feature will be a “night and day difference” when compared to the company's existing solution for this common problem.PowerToys
First introduced with Windows 95 and then brought back for Windows 10 two years ago, PowerToys are a set of tools that are designed to make it more convenient to use Microsoft's operating system to its full potential. However, while convenient, these tools aren't intended for the average user but for those who already know their way around Windows and want to be able to access key features and settings even quicker.
Microsoft's current collection of PowerToys contains nine tools that allow Windows users to do things like rename multiple files at once, resize images, pick colors or open applications even faster using a quick launcher. One of the more recent additions to Microsoft's set of utilities is PowerToys Awake which allows you to prevent your PC from going to sleep for as long as you want to.
With the recent release of Windows 11, the company has made it even easier for new users to take advantage of PowerToys by making its utilities available for download from the Microsoft Store as well as on GitHub.
While there are a number of productivity tools designed to help you get more done, PowerToys are available for free and were designed specifically to work with Microsoft's operating system.
After releasing the new Chromium-based version of Edge last year, Microsoft has continued to update its browser with new features in an attempt to get even more users to make the switch from Google Chrome.
For those that want to be the first ones to gain access to all of the new features coming to its browser, the software giant offers three different Microsoft Edge Insider Channels including the Beta Channel, Dev Channel and Canary Channel. While the Beta Channel is updated every four weeks, the Dev Channel is updated weekly and the Canary Channel is updated daily.
Microsoft has now released its new v96.0.1047.2 build for Edge Dev channel users which packs in a number of new features including support for adding Citations to items in a Collection, support for the Super Duper Secure Mode flag on Linux and more.New Dev Channel update
Although the latest Edge Dev channel update should download and install automatically, if it doesn't, users can head to Edge's settings menu to manually update the browser.
This new update contains a whole load of useful tools and you can see the full list of new features and fixes by checking out this blog post from Microsoft.
First off, the company has added support for showing the Downloads menu and button in popup windows that don't have a standard address bar or toolbar. As we mentioned above, Microsoft is also testing out support for adding Citations to items in a Collection which can be quite useful when using Edge for research. Security-conscious users running Edge on Linux will also appreciate the addition of the Super Duper Secure Mode flag which trades speed for improved security.
Microsoft has included a number of fixes for common issues such as the browser not letting users sign in, proxy settings be ignored, the new tap page being rendered incorrectly, tabs closing unexpectedly and more.
As this new update is for the Dev Chanel version of Edge, users on the regular channel can expect to see these features and fixes roll out with the next major release of Microsoft's browser soon.
Microsoft has announced in a new blog post that it has begun rolling out end-to-end encryption (E2EE) support for Microsoft Teams calls in an effort to further secure business communication when using its video conferencing software.
E2EE support for Teams calls is currently available in public preview for unscheduled one-to-one calls. This means that now when both parties in a one-to-one call turn on E2EE in Teams, their calls will be encrypted from end-to-end and no other party including Microsoft has access to the decrypted conversation.
With this latest release, Teams users will also see an encryption indicator in the upper left corner of the software. By hovering over the E2EE indicator, users can ensure their calls are encrypted and Teams also displays a security code for the call which both parties can verify on their respective ends.
It's worth noting that some features in Teams including recording, live caption and transcription, Call park, Call Merge, Call Companion, Call transfer and the ability to add a participant to make a one-to-one call a group call won't be available when E2EE is enabled.Enabling E2EE in Teams
To enable E2EE for their organization's employees, an admin can open the IT Admin modern portal and navigate to the Enhanced Encryption policies section. Here they can set which users in their organization can use the enhanced encryption settings in Teams though they can also use global policy to enable the feature for groups of users.
Alternatively, you can enable E2EE calls by using the Teams admin center by navigating to Other settings > Enhanced encryption policies. An admin will need to name a new policy and then turn on End-to-end call encryption.
Once an IT admin has set up the enhanced encryption policy, Teams users will still need to turn on end-to-end encryption for their one-to-one calls by going to Settings > Privacy and toggling on the end-to-end encrypted calls option.
E2EE is now available in public preview on Teams for desktop and mobile devices and we'll likely hear more from Microsoft regarding this new feature once it officially launches.
A new update coming to Google Workspace should make splitting work and personal apps easier than ever.
The online collaboration suite will soon be able to set borders between your work and home apps, making sure you aren't disturbed by alerts when at the office, or when trying to relax at home.
The update should give remote workers across the world a welcome productivity boost, allowing them to focus on what is most important to them at any given time.Work or home profile
Recent research from Google and IDC found that much of the currently mobile workforce will continue to work from home even as the mandatory COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and closures are lifted - but many are increasingly juggling work and personal life on a single device.
Until now, work profiles were only available on managed devices, but Google is now looking to make them available to unmanaged users with a business identity.
The tool is able to split up work and personal apps, creating distinct profiles for the two sections which can be switched between when you need to focus, or to relax.
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When activated, work-related apps are not able to send your alerts, notifications, or access your location - and vice versa for personal apps. Your personal data is also locked down, meaning your company IT department can't track what apps you're accessing on the device.
“This will eventually allow anyone using Android for business purposes to separate work and personal apps in one interface and pause all work-related apps in one click,” the company said.
The tool will begin rolling out to Google Workspace users starting "next year", the company said, with plans to expand to more identity providers soon after.
The news comes shortly after a similar feature update for Google Workspace allowed users to block out sections in their Google Calendar as "focus time".
Doing so will also allow users to automatically decline meetings, meaning no last-minute rush to finish off work or cross off your to do list.
You can also check out our pick of the best hybrid working tech - everything you need for the return to the office.
A new update to Google Meet will finally end one of the worst things about workplace video calls.
The video conferencing platform has announced it will soon allow hosts to turn off or mute the video feed and microphones of individual users on a group call.
Affected users will be unable to turn their cameras or microphones back on manually, whether in a main room or a breakout call.Mute all
In a blog post announcing the update, Google said that the change would allow for "smoother, more productive meetings".
"This feature gives meeting hosts more control over their meetings by letting them decide when they want to allow different levels of participation from attendees, for example to address disruptive participants," it said.
Back in February 2021, the company added a feature that allowed Google Meet hosts to mute all members of a call at once, for example if someone was presenting - but the new update blocks call participants from turning their audio or video feeds back on.
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Participants using versions of the Android and iOS apps that do not support audio and video locks will be removed from the meeting if the host or co-host turns on either of the locks. If they attempt to join a meeting that has either of these locks enabled they will be prompted to update their app or use another device to join the meeting. Turning off audio or video locks will allow these participants to rejoin the meeting.
The feature will be off by default, so hosts will need to activate it during meetings, but there are no extra admin settings for the feature, which is rolling out now to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers.
Google Meet also recently upgraded its web platform with improved visibility, automatically detecting when a user appears underexposed on a call and enhancing the brightness of their feed in order to make them more visible.
The service also recently added a new settings panel allowing users to quickly access effects such as background blur, background images and styles before and during a video call.
You can also check out our pick of the best hybrid working tech - everything you need for the return to the office.
The best website builder for portfolios will make it easy to publish and manage your photographs and other artwork online.Best portfolio website builders
Read on for our detailed analysis of each portfolio website builder
Creating a new website is a lot easier than it used to be – rather than learning HTML and CSS, you can just click and drag with your mouse and have something very professional-looking on the internet in minutes, and portfolio website builders are no different.
The increased use of this software online means you've got a selection of the website builders for portfolios to choose from. However, with so many great selection of tools to choose from, it can be difficult to pick out the best portfolio website builders from a crowd of so many.
To help you narrow down your choice, we've picked five portfolio website builders that offer a good balance of price points and features.
All of these website builders for portfolios offer simple ways of customizing your pages once they're online, so you can regularly change the look of your work, and make sure your talents are always being well promoted on the web.Top 3 website builder services overall
Once you get a taste for building your own site you may decide you're looking for more of an all rounder website builder. We've reviewed all the best website builders and here's the best three overall. They all offer top-class easy to use website builder services that could transform your online presence, giving you the freedom to create any type of website you need.
1. Wix - a top-notch website builder that's great value
Wix is top dog when it comes to free website builders, but it also offers some powerful paid plans. These start from as little as $8.50 per month for the Combo plan (over three years) which removes the adverts from your site, as well as giving you 3GB of storage space, a free domain and free SSL certificate.
2. Web.com - a serious, high-quality site builder
Web.com offers a website builder which is very easy-to-use and ideal for novices, allowing anyone to get their site up swiftly. With top-notch support and rock bottom prices, it is great for those looking for an affordable yet capable partner. It's 50% off the first month, starting at $1.95.
2. Gator is a great website builder service
Gator Site Builder from Hostgator has a superbly cheap Starter package which comes with free hosting and a domain name included, plus a free SSL certificate. You get constantly available customer support, too, and the benefit of website analytics to boot: all with 50% off meaning you pay just $3.84 per month.
Scroll down to read our comprehensive shortlist of the best portfolio website builder services on the market right now.The best portfolio website builders of 2021
Weebly (Image credit: Future) 1. Weebly
Created with portfolios in mindElegant, user-friendly interfaceAdvanced site analytics in paid plansRelatively small choice of themes
Weebly was first set up with the intention of making it easy to set up a portfolio of work online, and those origins stand it in good stead today, even as it has broadened its horizons to become more of a general website builder. If you don't mind a Weebly subdomain, some ads on your site, and a limit of 500MB storage, you can actually use it for free.
While the choice of themes is relatively small, they're all fully customizable, and they all work on any size of screen, automatically reformatting to suit the display dimensions. Weebly has one of the most elegant and user-friendly website editor interfaces we've seen, so you can tweak your portfolio in exactly the way you want.
One of the many areas where Weebly excels is in the way it calmly handles a lot of technical stuff quietly in the background: it gives you enhanced SSL security by default, and (on the paid options) advanced analytics for your website, plus the option to transfer over a domain name.
If you want to get up and running quickly, would like to spend some – but not a lot – of time customizing your site, and need something that's going to be reliable and comprehensive, Weebly fits the bill. The fact that you can get started for free to see if you like it is an added bonus.
Cargo (Image credit: Future) 2. Cargo
Portfolio building with an edgeGet up and running in minutesGreat choice of image effects and fontsWill be too unconventional for some
There's a lot that appeals to us about the website builder Cargo: the unconventional and varied choice of templates, the intuitive page tweaking interface you can edit them with, and the way that you can build up an entire site without paying a penny (you won't be charged until the site goes live).
It's certainly got more of an edge than other comparable website builders, which might be good or bad depending on what you're looking for. The templates available are all eye-catching and bold, and will work best for people wanting to stand out from the crowd, whether that's with photography or writing.
Every template is responsive and works on a variety of screens, while Cargo also offers some cool animated image effects you can play around with too. On top of that, the site builder is to be commended for its wide choice of fonts as well, plus, even more fonts are being added from time to time.
Besides all of the features on the surface – including an online template editor that hits a nice balance between simplicity and customization – you get 6GB of image cloud storage, unlimited pages, unlimited bandwidth, the option to transfer over a domain name if you need to, and a ton of help and support (including tutorial videos).
IM Creator (Image credit: Future) 3. IM Creator
All the options you needStrong selection of templatesDoesn't take long to get startedWill be too advanced for some
Built on the latest HTML5 technology and with useful extras like e-commerce and domain name support included, IM Creator is going to be too advanced and in-depth for some, but will suit other portfolio builders perfectly. That's not to say it's difficult to use – there's just more going on.
You don't need to know a shred of code to get started, there are plenty of different themes and looks to choose from, and we like the way the themes are already pre-populated with content. That means you can just edit the sample material that's already there rather than starting from scratch, which can be more daunting.
If you want to go deeper into your website building and customizations, then IM Creator makes this possible. The site editor includes a variety of gallery and slideshow options, plus image effects to drop over your uploaded pictures, and the option to change everything from the fonts used to the page margins.
We'd recommend IM Creator if you're looking to stand out from the pack – it has a wide choice of templates and some detailed editing options too. On the other hand, it does need a bit more of a time and effort investment than other site builders.
Krop (Image credit: Future) 4. Krop
Premium template optionsFind a job at the same timeUseful third-party integrationsLacks more advanced customizations
Krop is a creative jobs site and a portfolio builder rolled into one, so you know that its services are trusted by people in the same industry as you (or the same industry that you're trying to break into). What's more, its template options are some of the most well-designed that we've seen.
The website builder ticks all of the boxes that you should be looking for. Setting a site up is quick and easy, you can register a custom domain if you want to, and making tweaks to the design and layout of your pages is very straightforward too. On top of that, you get neat extras like Dropbox and Instagram syncing, and Google Analytics integration.
If you do know some CSS, then you can take more control over the way your site is designed. If not, you can just use the simple site editor instead – picking colors and fonts is as easy as clicking on a side panel.
Those of you who are looking to get a gig at the same time as building your website can of course switch straight over to the job section of the Krop site to find work – there are some big-name employers on the portal. You can try out the service with a free 14-day trial.
Adobe Portfolio (Image credit: Future) 5. Adobe Portfolio
A superb option for CC subscribersSimple and straightforward setupOnline interface is very polishedRequires a Creative Cloud subscription
Considering Adobe makes some of the best creative software in the business, you would hope it knows what it's doing in terms of displaying portfolios on the web – and we're glad to report that is indeed the case.
This is slightly different to the other services we've mentioned here, because it's a free add-on to the Creative Cloud suite developed by Adobe. If you don't already pay for the programs then Portfolio is unlikely to tempt you to part with your cash, but if you are a CC subscriber, it's worth looking at this before venturing anywhere else. Worth noting that college graduates can get Adobe Portfolio free for one year.
While it doesn't offer as many customization and layout options as some of the other site builders we've mentioned here (although, the popular feature request - video backgrounds, has been added), Adobe Portfolio does make the process of getting your work online simple and fun. Of course there's also the tight integration with Adobe's apps, so you can easily share your work straight from Lightroom to the web. You can also purchase and connect a domain if you wish.
Pages are optimized for any device and certain ones can be password-protected if needed, and there's also the option to bring over a domain name you already own. For a simple portfolio maker that plugs right into the apps you already use (assuming that's the case), it's ideal.