The amount of time individuals are spending on devices is ever increasing. We are living in an age where technology is such an integral part of our everyday activities.

Accountable2You offers detailed reporting on the amount of screen time an individual spends on each device! Activity is broken down by each app in a color coded pie chart with the total time used for each app. This information can be displayed over different time frames such as the past 24 hours, the last 7 days, or the past 15 days.



You are also presented with a timeline view showing the approximate value of device usage over the selected period of time as well.


On the main report, click on the green App Usage button listed beside each device to display the data from the activity logs.


Accountability of our time is just one aspect that Accountable2You helps you manage with our software!

**Please note that for Apple iOS devices, the App Usage report will only show web activity (activity in Safari, chrome or other browser apps). We are working to show all Internet app usage like Facebook, Netflix and so on. **

We have recently released a brand new update for our Mac version. This update has fixed a few bugs from past versions and introduced some new features that we didn’t have before.

So what’s new?

  • New Family Account Setup – Upon registering the app, family account owners will now have the option to quickly and conveniently select which family member the device belongs to, so that it is immediately registered to the appropriate family member. This will help to eliminate time and confusion with the registration process for families.
  • App Exclusion List – The application exclusion feature has been available for some time on our Windows and Android software versions, and now it is also available for Mac! This is a great tool for users who may have legitimate privacy concerns for things such as corporate e-mail accounts, banking programs, etc. The app exclusion list works by selecting applications you want to exclude from monitoring, after which the software will inform your accountability partner(s) that those specific apps have been excluded. Accessing this feature requires your Accountable2You password, so you can rest easy knowing that only the account owner can adjust these settings. See the final steps in our Mac Setup Guide for help in accessing this feature.
  • Bug Fixes – We made a few adjustments under the hood to enhance the overall stability of the program including more clear installation instructions and eliminating false alerts that occurred sometimes when a computer is improperly shutdown.

Already have Accountable2You? Make sure you’re running the latest version by clicking the “AU” icon at the top of your screen, and select “Check for Updates”.

Questions or comments? Please let us know below!


For accountability to be successful, two key roles must be present. The first role is the user, who installs and utilizes accountability software on their devices to facilitate transparency for their actions. The second role is that of the accountability partner, who is tasked with receiving reports and alerts for the user’s activity. Receiving reports for a user’s activity is all well and good, but what does an accountability partner really do from there? In this article, we will look at the three major components of an accountability partner’s role.


When you receive a report or an alert regarding a user’s activity, the first action you will want to take is to review that activity to get an idea of what it is and why it may have alerted. Always remember that accountability software is simply a tool to bring items to your attention, as technology can’t read very well into the context of a situation. Therefore, your review of the reports is essential to providing insight into the true nature of an alert. Be sure to look not just at items that were alerted, but also at the activities that surround that alert, which can help you understand the context of why that alert occurred. You may very well find that an alert was triggered by a legitimate activity that doesn’t merit any significant concern.


If there are any questions regarding the activity that you have seen, the next step is to engage in a constructive conversation with the user. Share what you have seen on the report, and ask the user if they know why that activity is showing up. If you have concerns, share those concerns. Above all, be sure to allow the user ample opportunity to provide you with any additional context regarding the activity. Remember that the reports contain data, whereas the individual can provide you with the context surrounding that data which can provide you with a more complete understanding.


There will be times when it becomes apparent that objectionable activity has occurred. This is the toughest part of an accountability relationship because it requires a degree of confrontation. However, with healthy confrontation comes an opportunity for growth. There is a balance that must be exercised between communicating the seriousness of a mistake, while simultaneously extending grace and support. There is a time to discourage someone from inappropriate action, but an even greater opportunity to encourage someone to a life of purity. No one has ever finished a race by looking backwards. Be certain that when all is said and done, the individual has been abundantly reminded of what they are aiming for. In this way, you have set their eyes toward the goal so that they can run with purpose and passion.

Being an accountability partner is an important undertaking, and it is absolutely vital to the success of an accountability relationship. But don’t stop there. Who are you accountable to?  Be sure to complete the circle!


When it comes to a tool that is both useful and dangerous, there is perhaps no greater dichotomy than that of the internet. We live in a world that demands to be connected, and it becomes a necessity for our schooling, our jobs, and even for staying connected to loved ones. The possibilities are vast and exciting, while simultaneously demanding our utmost vigilance to ensure that this tool is used appropriately and in a way that does not allow it to become an impairment in our lives and in the lives of our families.

When looking for protection online there are two primary tools that you will encounter. One of these tools is a filtering solution, which is designed to create a barrier between you and the content that you wish to limit. The other tool is an accountability software, which is designed to promote healthy online habits by fostering transparency between individuals regarding their online activities. These methods are different in their approach, but are certainly not exclusive of each other.


Filtering solutions can come in a couple of different forms. First, it could be a router-level filtering solution, where settings are applied to your router that filter all internet traffic on devices that are connected to that specific router. The second is software-based filtering, which installs on each device individually and filters internet traffic on that specific device only. With each of these methods, when it is detected that an inappropriate website is being accessed, a “wall” is created that prevents the user from accessing that content. Filtering may effectively stop a problem from occurring, however it does not typically provide an avenue to address the root of the issue, which is personal responsibility and integrity of one’s actions and decisions.


Accountability software differs from filtering software in that it does not prevent a user from accessing content or engaging in any sort of activity. The intent of accountability is not to forcefully stop someone from inappropriate activity, but to give them a reason to intentionally choose the path of integrity and take responsibility for their decisions. With accountability in place, there are accountability partners who are designated to receive reports and alerts for a user’s online activity. If inappropriate content is detected by the software, the intent is for the accountability partner to gracefully and sincerely address the problem with the user to promote personal growth. This is a very relationship-driven method of promoting healthy online behavior, and the goal is to also promote a culture of accountability that can extend into other areas of a user’s life as well.

So which method is right for me?

The good news is that filtering software and accountability are not exclusive of each other, and therefore they can be used alone or in combination. We believe very strongly in the power of accountability, especially in the formation of healthy behavior and relationships, and therefore strongly suggest that accountability software make up at least one component of your strategy.

If you would like to incorporate a filter into your setup, check out some of the free options listed below:

Share your thoughts below in our comments section!


When you mention “accountability software” to someone, one of the first questions you are likely to hear in return is, “What is that and what does it do?” Perhaps you also have the same question. In an age where accountability is often seen as an inconvenience or a punishment, it is important to consider the true role of accountability software and how it can be used as a tool to foster responsibility and integrity in today’s digital world.

Many of us are accustomed to accountability in several aspects of our daily life. In our careers, we are accountable for the quality and integrity of our work, the way that money is spent, and the way that we make use of our time. In our personal relationships, we are accountable for the things that we say, the places we go, and the things that we do. For most people, these things are done in view of someone else who can hold us accountable to do the right thing and to walk in integrity and purity. But what about on our digital devices?

Today’s digital age has opened an amazing world of possibilities, while simultaneously opening an endless world of temptation. Our digital devices offer us privacy and anonymity from the eyes of others, and suddenly a very prevalent part of our lives is absent of accountability.

This is where accountability software enters the picture. The purpose of accountability software is to provide a means of accountability across digital devices, without taking away any of the functionality and convenience of the digital age. It is a tool to promote openness and transparency in what could otherwise be a very secretive environment.

A good accountability software monitors activity such as web browsing and app usage, and reports this activity to an accountability partner whom the user would specify. Questionable activity, if detected by the software, would also be brought to the attention of the accountability partner(s) so that they could initiate a discussion with the user regarding the nature of the activity. In this way accountability software is a tool, designed to promote openness between individuals to challenge and encourage each other to walk in purity.

Accountability software differs from filtering software in that it does not prevent a user from accessing content or engaging in any sort of activity. The intent of accountability is not to forcefully stop someone from inappropriate activity, but to give them a reason to intentionally choose the path of integrity.

So, what if the software detects inappropriate activity? Accountability software is not designed to fix an issue, but simply to bring it out into the open so that it can be gracefully and effectively addressed. The software is, therefore, a simple tool, but when used within the context of strong relationships between users and accountability partners it can be a simple tool that results in great freedom!

Do you use accountability software? How does it work for you? Please let us know in the comments below!


Being accountable on the iPhone/iPad has been a challenge for many iOS users. The challenge is due to the way Apple has designed their operating system (iOS). As a provider for the iPhone/iPad devices, we have seen the issues with providing a solution for this device upfront.

So what’s the big deal?

Why can’t you have complete accountability for the Apple device like you can for the Android device? This is the question we see on a regular basis.  On Android we are allowed to see all activity from all apps. Android has special services that, with the correct permissions enabled, allow an accountability app to monitor the device effectively. Apple is different. The reason for the difference is in the way Apple built their operating system. Think of each app as a box. The app can see everything inside its box, but it can’t see anything outside. So to provide an app that has accountability, the only solution is to have a custom app (our A2U custom browser app) that can provide some form of accountability inside its own box. This is why most of the accountability solutions (if not all of them) have a custom browser that takes the place of Safari and other browser apps. That is why we suggest restricting out all other browsers so the user can be as accountable as possible. The issue with this is that Apple has built its core features around Safari, so by restricting this app (Safari)  you cause other apps to not function as optimally as we’d like.

Here at Accountable2You our goal is to stay out of the way of the user so they can use their device freely. So the custom app approach, while effective, isn’t ideal.

Thinking outside the box…

Different accountability providers have come up with different ways to overcome the box limitation. We have found that a VPN solution works the best for our users.  This allows the user to use Safari (or any browser they choose). It also allows them to use apps that they would have to restrict under the custom browser approach. The disadvantage to this approach is that some apps will not work. Some banking apps and video apps (Netflix, Hulu, etc…) typically have issues in the VPN environment. All that being said, this approach tends to be the best that we have seen and one that we are utilizing for our users.

When it comes to full device accountability, specifically text messages and call logs, neither the VPN solution or a custom browser will work.

GPS accountabilityReal time GPS Tracking/Location accountability

Being accountability while you are on the road is also very important in one’s integrity. This is why our iOS app has GPS/Location accountability built into it. We plot the route you take on a map that is easy for the accountability partner to see. Being responsible for all our actions is what we are all about, and location tracking is a feature we have found to be very beneficial in this endeavor!  This is an optional feature, not one that is required to run the software.

Final thoughts

We admit that providing accountability for iOS is a challenge.  As technology changes we look for any opportunity to provide a richer accountability solution. We tell users who are looking to purchase a new device to buy Android specifically because of the “box” issue with Apple. If Apple modifies their iOS platform to allow a richer accountability solution we’d gladly recommend them as well.

As always your comments are welcome below.

Being accountable while using your Windows PC is a wise decision in this digital age.

There are two main types of monitoring: router based or software based (a program you download and install). Router based software monitors all Internet traffic and rates activity by the domain name. Router options are hard to find and generally more expensive than software based solutions. The second method (software download) is much more popular and is what we use to monitor a users activity. Here is how this process works.

The user would download the software to their computer. During installation the software will ask for some identification – usually a username and password. Once the identification is verified the software sits in the background and collects activity from the device. Based on the provider you use, the records would include strictly Internet activity or app activity. The records are then transported to a central server and kept for the accountability partner to view via online reporting or email reporting. That is really all there is to setting up accountability software on the Windows computer. It is a very simple and straight forward process.

So what about my security? Will my records be safe out in the Internet? These questions are very important as hacking is a serious concern. We can’t speak for other services but we have strict measures in place to prevent unauthorized access to a person’s records. For any service, traffic from your computer to central servers should be protected with TLS security.

What about computers with multi user accounts? How are these monitored?  Privacy is a top concern for any monitoring software especially when it comes down to multi user accounts.  We have found that the best way to monitor multi user accounts is to have the user install the software per user account. It is a bit more work but this approach gives complete privacy control to the users of the computer.

We hope this overview will help you make the correct decision in setting up accountability software on your Windows computer.



Accountable2You Email Reports


Happy 2017! We are starting off the new year with a much needed update to our email reports! We have made a number of updates while keeping all of the content from the old reports.

For starters, the email report summary now clearly shows if there is anything questionable with a device. You can click on the ‘Questionable Activity Detected’ link (indicated by the red alert symbol) to see all of the activity on a certain device.  We have found this to be very helpful in quickly identifying devices that had some type of questionable activity.  The email subject line of the report also reflects the fact that questionable activity was detected.  These key elements are a significant upgrade from past reports!

The second big update is the ‘No Records Found’ entry (indicated by the yellow alert symbol) for the device and GPS Tracking. In the past, if the software wasn’t used we would just show a zero for the activity. With our new reports, we are clearly identifying devices with no activity which could indicated that the software is disabled OR not in use.  The partner should inquire why no records were found.  We have added a support article to help trouble shoot these issues

If no questionable activity is detected on a device, the report will show a ‘Looks Good’ link (indicated by a green check symbol) which will take you to the full report for that device.

The next change we made was in the Questionable Activity section at the bottom of the report. We have broken the devices out for easier reading. The report is ordered by the date/time making the actions of the user easier to decipher.

We believe these updates will really help partners see what is going on and get a clearer understanding of the actions of the user. Our goal is to make communication between the user and partner easy and simple. We have many more exciting updates planned for this year. Stay tuned!

We’d love to know – do you like the new email format? Let us know in the comments below!