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    Domestic web filtering wanted

    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.

    Thanks.

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    K9? Never used it myself though!

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    Microsoft Familiy Security for me, works quite well and its free.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OverWorked View Post
    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.

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    OpenDNS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    OpenDNS?
    As long as you don't mind them breaking Google from time to time

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    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 11:02 PM.

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    Netgear Router and use its Trend Micro Parent Controls software that was in them last time I looked?

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    OpenDNS together with Norton Online Family (I've also used K9 in the past)

    https://onlinefamily.norton.com/fami.../loginStart.fs

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    Smoothwall. A bit extreme but would surely do the job?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTFM View Post
    Smoothwall. A bit extreme but would surely do the job?
    Are Smoothwall planning to release a home-orientated product at some point? It strikes me as a good idea - the locally-installed options above only work until you boot the PC off a CD, or simply attach another PC to the network, the sort of thing your average 12 year old is going to take delight in figuring out. With the introduction of the Digital Economy Bill, you might also want to make sure you filter out access to file-sharing sites and applications. Smoothwall already have a product capable of doing all this, anyone know if they're planning to stick together a small all-in-one box to replace your home ADSL router and handle up to, say, a dozen users?

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    I'd second OpenDNS - accounts are free for home use and you can customise the block/allow list.

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    Thanks everyone.

    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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