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Microsoft Live Safety - Xbox

Devices supported
Gaming Console
Price *
free of charge
Language of interface
arabic, chinese, czech, danish, dutch, english, french, german, italian, japanese, korean, norwegian, polish, portuguese, russian, slovak, spanish, suomi, swedish, turkish
Test date
SIP Bench III, 1st test cycle, Summer 2013

*Prices might change according to the latest company offers


Microsoft Live Safety only offers to block or allow the access to Internet, it does not offer any filtering feature therefore no effectiveness tests could be performed.


Installation of the tool: Microsoft Live Safety is part of the Xbox OS Therefore the installation process was not tested with regard to usability.
Configuration of the tool: The configuration is not comprehensible. There is no way to influence the amount of information. It is difficult to find the parental control option for internet.
Usage of the tool: Microsoft Live Safety only offers to block or allow the access to Internet. There is no reporting or special blocking message.

Usability of the installation process: n/a
Usability of the configuration process: 2.3
Usability of the usage of the product: 0.9

Overall score for usability: 1.8 out of 4 points


Parental control functionalities embedded with the device

The console is provided with a family security functionality which allows the PARENT to determine the settings both for the OFFLINE and the ONLINE features. Here are presented only the online features managed by the embedded tool: It is possible to enable or disable the internet access via browser. But there is no filtering option for content.

For other functionalities the parent can determine his/her own child/teenager levels of protection through the Xbox LIVE Settings panel, protected by a password.


The basic parental control function is available by default on Xbox. It is difficult to by-pass it. As the tool does not offer any filering feature, the security tests were not applicable.


Area of needFunctionalitySpecific issuesAssessment
Management Management of User profiles Create several profiles No
Remote Management Manage on various devices No
Monitoring Remote access to monitoring No
Filtering Customisation Topics Customisation of Filtering Topics No
URLs White List Restrict Browsing to White List No
Default White List No
Modification OR Creation No
URLs Black List Creation of User's own Black List No
Keywords Keywords Default Black List No
Default White List No
Creation of a User's Black List No
Creation of a User's White List No
Time Time Limit Settings Set a specific time frame or web access duration Yes
Blocking Message Type Ask for unblocking by parents No
Redirect to safe resources No
Usage Restriction Web Block Access Yes
Monitor Access No
Safe search Availability No
Social Networks Block Access No
Monitor Usage No
Personal data Provision Block No
Streaming Block Access No
Monitor Access No
P2P Block the application No
Monitor Downloads No
Skype Block chat No
Block video chat No
Monitor No
Prevent new Contact No
Windows Life Messenger Block chat No
Block video chat No
Monitor No
Prevent new Contact No
Email Block email client and/or webmail access No


Yes / No
I: installation in 3 steps or lessYes
I: choice of installation for beginners or advanced usersn/a

C: different degrees of strength for the filteringNo
C: different content criteria for the filteringNo
C: option to transfer filter configurations between target usersn/a
C: option to transfer filter configurations between devicesNo
C: overall comprehensible configurationNo
C: overall conformity with user expectationsNo
C: overall easy to learnYes

U: alert message in a child friendly languageNo
U: option to customise the reaction in case of blockingNo
U: overall easily operable and comprehensible reportingn/a


The Tool prevents the user from by-passing the filter by:Yes / No
Using the IP address instead of the URLn/a
Using an alternative browsern/a
Changing time and date settings*n/a
Disabling or uninstalling the software without a password*n/a
Closing the filtering tool trough the Task Managern/a
Using a proxy instead of a direct connection to the Internetn/a
Accessing the web-pages through the Google Cachen/a
Reaching a website through translation sitesn/a
Renaming a blocked applicationn/a
Using Safe Moden/a
Filtering Content personalised by usern/a
Filtering Content evolving through timen/a
Filtering Multimedia contentn/a
Filtering outbound contentn/a

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