Glubble Complaint - Glubble- great idea, if only it worked
Glubble is an add-on for the web browser, Firefox. Firefox, for the record, is an incredibly safe, user-friendly browser and I whole-heartedly recommend using it with your PC rather than Internet Explorer.
Now let me state, for the record, that I am not an irresponsible parent and always oversee my child's browsing rather than depending on software to do it for me. No software is a replacement for good parenting. That said, on with the review.
The concept behind Glubble is fantastic; it's an add-on for your browser which restricts your child's browsing abilities using a good-list rather than a bad-list. In other words, it allows your children to visit ONLY the sites which you add to an allow list and nothing else. Great, right?
Well, not quite. The thing about Glubble is that it rarely functions like it's supposed to. When you first open Firefox, you see a "Firefox is locked" home screen, which requires either you or your child to sign in using a password. If you sign in, Firefox opens with no restrictions. If your child signs in, Firefox opens to their homepage. Now, signing in has, in my experience, about a 50% success rate. By that I mean that half the time, when you click "Start" after entering your password, nothing happens and you have to restart Firefox and try again. On your second attempt and each thereafter, you've got about a 50/50 shot of actually getting signed in.
Once your child manages to get signed in, the children's home page is very confusing. It's full of clickable images of characters but clicking on them doesn't actually take you to the site they suggest, but only to a list of sites in that category.
Possibly the most frustrating thing about Glubble is that it prevents Adblock from working. Adblock is another add-on for Firefox and it's great. Adblock will remove pretty much every ad you see on pretty much every page you visit. The first time I used Adblock, I was amazed at what I no longer saw. I highly recommend this add-on. With Glubble, however, Adblock is installed but simply doesn't work. Signed in as either parent or child, ads are everywhere, completely unfiltered. And if you've ever been on a child's page like Nickelodeon or Disney, you'll notice that at least half of the site is made up of ads. Most of the ads are flash files and look very similar to games. Of course, when a child clicks on an ad in Glubble, they can't visit the site that the ad wants to take them to, which is good. However, every time a child mistakes an ad for a game and clicks on it, Firefox locks up. The back button works about 50% of the time with this situation. And it could all be prevented if Adblock worked with Glubble, it would prevent the child from seeing the ad in the first place.
The straw that broke the camel's back for me was when my daughter's password for Glubble was lost. Everyone loses a password now and then and it's typically very easy to have it sent to you or to change it. Not so with Glubble. I had an option of changing mine as a parent, but not hers. As far as Glubble "help" goes, the only option was a help forum. So I attempted to post a topic in the forum. I got a confirmation screen which said my topic had been posted, but it was nowhere to be found. I tried again with the same results. Finally I just gave up and uninstalled Glubble. It was useless at that point, considering my daughter could only sign in as a parent and her browsing wouldn't be restricted at all that way, and considering Glubble won't allow Adblock, it'd be even less restricted than it would without Glubble!
So in my opinion, Glubble is a great concept. It's got far too many glitches and goofs and not enough help to be worth it at this point, though. I can see it being improved over time, so maybe I'll try again in a few YEARS!