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    Filter test page

    What pages do you lot use to check if your filters are working?

    Eg - you've found a proxy site and want to know if it gets around the schools filtering, you're not going to try playb0y.com in school. Are there any sites which are on block lists (and are there to test filtering) but are innocuous and are there for people to test their filtering?

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    any proxy site is filtered here, just about every one that turns up a search result on Google, we also block spam.com on our filter... so if we go to spam.com and it shows our filter page we know we've bypassed our filtering.

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    We've used Online Casino & Online Poker Room - 888.com in the past, it's a gambling site so should be blocked, but wouldn't bring up anything offensive if the filtering wasn't working.

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    Have spies in the camp with the kids who report back on what gets through - which when I was at my last place with the smoothie wasn't a lot

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    we just google the word sex...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    we just google the word sex...
    the thing is with that is even the most rubbish of filter should pick it up. It's the higher level stuff like proxy's with completely random url's which tend to trouble the filters.
    @tom_newton or any of the other smoothie guys must have some good techniques.

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    It just proves whether the filter is working or not, not how well!

    If there is some concern, we pick something we know is in the block list, for example yayoye.ru which is a flash games site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    It just proves whether the filter is working or not, not how well!
    Indeed,

    The OP did not ask about how good it is..

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    Quote Originally Posted by twin--turbo View Post
    Indeed,

    The OP did not ask about how good it is..
    Ah thats true my bad - but a good test of if its any good is then testing things like sussex - or another one that our old lea's filter couldn't understand was milford

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    Cumbria was the first one our original squid box squashed with it's first day in use... Still it did a grand job of increasing the performance of our ISDN2!!!

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    Triple eight dot com, of course.

    Thanks everybody!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    @tom_newton or any of the other smoothie guys must have some good techniques.
    Give it to us to break, sorry test, between me and our kids we can test any filter to the max I'm convinced of that by the rate that our kids sap Internet! Simple stat we have 100Mb Internet yet a school with 2.5x as many kids manages on 10Mb yet we couldn't..... MyMaths and Manga High have a lot to answer for hahaha

    As for us checking, we have our little spys in campus who get rewarded with housepoints for "helping the ICT Team" which is good and if they are excellent I can nominate them in one of the Student of the Month category's

    Common search terms are usually blocked so does help having a PFY and not being too old myself to think around the kids, also monitoring them on a cover lesson "researching" and spotting spelling trends and search trends does help to put 2+2 together

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