K9? Never used it myself though!
Can anyone recommend a decent web filter for home use? i.e will just just on the local machine, and be controlled by the parent.
My children are Moshi Monsters addicts and are only a few clicks away from seeing something they shouldn't.
Microsoft Familiy Security for me, works quite well and its free.
I've installed K9 on a bunch of machines for colleagues. They've never had any issues with it, so its still the one I recommend.
Thanks. I'll try K9.
I'm not sure about the Microsoft Familiy Security, though. It doesn't include web filtering, unless I've missed something.
Windows Live Family Safety
With Family Safety, you decide how your kids experience the Internet. Limit searches, monitor and block or allow websites, and decide who your kids can communicate with in Windows Live Spaces, Messenger, or Hotmail.
Operating system: Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (32-bit edition only), Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit editions), Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit editions), or Windows Server 2008.
Check out your wireless router (assuming you have one). When I logged into the web interface on mine I found that it had a blacklist / whitelist functionality built into it, past that if you want something more automated you would have to go for something with dansguardian running in it, like this Endian - *Open Source Firewall Appliance - UTM Linux Security Distribution*
edit: just realised you asked for local install only, ignore the second suggestion The router settings would be useful though if the kids had access to more than one PC as you have central control through the router.
Last edited by morganw; 16th June 2010 at 10:02 PM.
Netgear Router and use its Trend Micro Parent Controls software that was in them last time I looked?
Smoothwall. A bit extreme but would surely do the job?
I'd second OpenDNS - accounts are free for home use and you can customise the block/allow list.
I've never heard of OpenDNS. That's a good one to start with, but I'm guessing it just blocks certain domains or IPs.
I'll also start with K9, and also look into the Norton product.
I'll also get the The Windows Live Family Safety.
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