ButterflyMoon (5th June 2009)
The Internet Explorer (7) search bar and the auto search now automatically re-direct to Bing.
We managed to find porn videos (pulled in from You Tube, which we do already block!) in seconds, so make sure you have Bing blocked double-quick chaps!
The SWGfL doesn't seem to have good control over bing.com yet - for example videos are blocked, but image search allows anyone to disable strict search, and then simple searches turn up porn images.
So, for now, it is blocked entirely here.
The other route (beyond client-side cookies) to enforce strict filtering of search results, is by appending a querystring parameter to the outbound request to enforce content control. Simply append “&adlt=strict" to the query, and it forces it, without needing any cookies etc - and can't be user-bypassed.
I'm not familiar enough with the different content control packages, but I understand it's a standard way that is used with other search engines too.
That's very unfair localzuk..
I've had */settings.aspx filtered for a few days, haven't heard of it having any adverse effects on other websites, but it stops them changing their settings (or at least it stops me...)
Our LEA has take the extremely technical step of just blocking the entire video and picture search, like they do on all sites
Very unhelpful. They allow one image search - picsearch. Quite what makes that so much safer I dont know - its as easy as any other for the kids to get porn on there
FWIW, SmoothWall users now have 2 "anti-bing devices" - both cookie and URL based safe search enforcement.
We will be working on anything else we can do to neutralise search issues over the next few weeks.
I have blocked the whole site for kids on our isaserver but the staff can still access it thru a different proxy, they'll like that....briefly. some videosearches are blocked by the lea,but i suspect getting round those wont be difficult for 10k monkeys bashing keys on typewriters, i mean kids on computers heh
email from SWGfL - completly blocked now
Just got an update internally about this (ie within Microsoft), and it appears that we had put in place some easy ways to allow you to continue to do web searches and enforce the filtering of any adult content. We'd just not circulated the info, beyond releasing it to the main web-filtering companies.
Anyway, here's the key bit, which allows you to add one domain to your filter list to remove any explicit cotent from a Bing.com search, regardless of other filtering/strict search options. This means that even if a user sets the search to have no filtering, your filter will still block it
Bing returns all explicit images and videos from a specific domain. Customers can block either *.explicit.bing.net (assuming wildcards work with your solution) or the following four sub-domains to prevent bing.com from displaying images, videos or even thumbnails of content we suspect is explicit because of the nature of its source site or metadata. Images, videos and thumbnails for non-explicit content will still work.
The internal team also told me "only Bing serves explicit images and videos from a specific domain. Many vendors will still choose to use the source information returned with explicit content, but serving explicit content from a specific domain allows customer and web filtering vendors the option to block only *explicit.bing.net, rather than having to manage a huge list of blocked domains or content."
Just checked that out with a term that I know turns up porn on all image search sites, and it does appear to block the images. The filtering level appears to be 'not quite the sun', as in, i didn't see any topless women, but i did see a few women in lingerie etc...
So, it's fine for us (with our policy being 'if you can see it in The Sun, it's fine) but for others, YMMV
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