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Help me choose the best web-filtering software

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by RaiderRodney, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. RaiderRodney

    RaiderRodney Just Win Baby

    May 22, 2003
    North Carolina
    I have used We-Blocker for years to keep unwanted sites from my kids eyes. It has worked nicely and it's free. Only thing is the project was evidently abandoned and is no longer updated. That's ok since I use the word blocking anyway, but I was wondering what others use and how they like them. Thanks :)
  2. RaiderRodney

    RaiderRodney Just Win Baby

    May 22, 2003
    North Carolina
    Ok....I must be the only one who runs this stuff :p

  3. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon
    Well, some of us are blessed to be living our lives child-free, so I don't have to concern myself with this sort of thing personally.

    Since I do tech support for a living, though, I can tell you that my less fortunate clients run such apps as "Net Nanny" and "Surf - Watch" to keep their children as innocent as possible for as long as possible.

    No offense meant by this, Rodney, but I have always wondered about the wisdom of forming serious, lifelong neuroses in kids by letting them watch TV (where people are shot, stabbed, blown to bits, ect. hourly) or letting them read comic books, and then trying to keep them from seeing the act of physical love.

    Just like the War On Drugs is meant to make people curious enough to try drugs while simultaneously protecting the profits of dope dealers and their suppliers everywhere (and also keeping the Police State in top form, o/c), this sort of restriction on children's learning and natural curiosity IMO indirectly promotes a large proportion of teen pregnancies and STD's.

    Why is this happening? Ignorant, irresponsible sexual experimentation is the only way they have to learn other those silly films in gym class and Birds -n- Bees talks from their folks...

    What is the point of all of this? Keeping kids ignorant about guns, or drugs, or sex cannot in any way make kids just makes them into little ignorant people who are far more likely to get themselves into serious trouble because of their lack of knowledge.

    I understand your motivations here, and I am sure your heart is in the right place...but really, is the outcome of such a plan likely to be any different than the misguided plan of a Soccer Mom, whose desire to keep her children safe by never letting them see or handle or fire a pistol caused a tragedy?

    On the surface, she thinks she has kept him safer, but we both know she has not - especially when her now-overly-curious kid sees one at Little Billy's house.And who does Soccer Mom blame when her kid pops a cap into himself or someone else "Accidentally"?! The gun owner.

    All because she had trained and coached her progeny to fear those dangerous guns yet showed him twenty thousand hours of Cop Shows so that she could have an ignorant, curious retard for a kid. WTF?!

    >RANT MODE: off.<

    Anyhow, those programs both work. If you just wanted to keep the little blighters from installing things, then a Limited XP Account is a better idea, all things considered.

    Good luck.
  4. NetNinja

    NetNinja Always Faithful

    Oct 23, 2001
    HotLanta, GA
    fastvfr Nice post.

    I remember this sort of thing was really popular back in 1995.

    You can run a proxy server in front of your netwrok and filter out all the porn you can.

    Google it

    Most of these companies who were telling the world they could stop porn from reaching your children have moved on to better things.
    Just like trying to stop spam. You can put a dent in it but you will never emlinate all Spam.

    Probably the best place to look about filtering specific content would be China and North Korea.
  5. Alexit


    Dec 30, 2002
    If you have broadband and use a gateway/firewall/router device, check the advacned settings. Most of these devices have internet filtering included...(you may have to update the firmware to get the latest features.)

    I usually suggest SMC and Netgear for my clients because of their e-mail and internet filters.
  6. grantglock

    grantglock /dev/null

    Feb 20, 2004
    that software does not work, just tell your kids not to look up porn.
  7. Jtemple

    Jtemple Geek

    Jan 13, 2002
    Besides, a resourceful child can find the information required to bypass any filter you have in place.

    Tell them not to look at porn and keep a record of their browsing history. If you catch them doing what they're not supposed to do, punish accordingly.
  8. MB-G26

    MB-G26 Bk2MiscResource Lifetime Member

    Oct 9, 2001
    Missing Sharon
    There are some tactics you can imploy which cost nothing and can be very helpful. Installing IESpyAd, for example, is one of them. Doing so adds a huge list of undesirable sites to IE's "restricted" zone - and can prevent the brower from successfully accessing them.
  9. RaiderRodney

    RaiderRodney Just Win Baby

    May 22, 2003
    North Carolina
    Thanks for all the comments and opinions guys :)

    Fast, I agree with you pretty much. I would rather teach my child about sex than chance it to the internet which shows fantasy other than reality.

    On some of your comments that the software doesn't work...I would have to disagree with regard to We-Blocker. Yes, support has ceased and sites are no longer updated...but that's not a problem if you use the word-block feature. It scans every page before loading and depending on how strong you set it will or will not display the page. You cant Cntrl-alt-dlt and shut it down and to un-install you have to have the master password :)
  10. Jtemple

    Jtemple Geek

    Jan 13, 2002
    You can bypass that software without shutting it down.

    It involves some semi complex math that must be re calculated for every site you visit, but the instructions are out there.