Good parental control software?

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by ejr, Feb 19, 2007.

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  1. ejr

    ejr Registered Member

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    My oldest child will soon be surfing the internet (she is 8 years old). She has already started asking about it, but we have only let her surf with us thus far.

    We will soon be looking into parental control software. I am putting out some very initial feelers with this post. Ideally, I would like sonmething:

    1. Free
    2. Easy to use
    3. Light on system resources

    It doesn't need to be too complex just yet. She won't be doing any serious surfing for a number of years and probably won't be on-line without us over her shoulder for a while either. But you never know what a kid might do when your back is turned.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    I'd like to know as well. My Granddaughter has been surfing for about 6 months on sites like Disney and cartoon network. She somehow got on U-Tube and while there got a porno pop up. I tried the IE7 site advisor, but it's a pain in the A.. to use. :blink:
     
  3. ejr

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    I read some very good reviews about the Parental Control Software by Crawler. Crawler has a bad rep in this forum, and rightfully so as they used to be associated with adware. But I believe that they have cleaned up their act. At least it appears that they have.

    I use their product Spyware Terminator and love it. But I have only been using it for a month or so. I read some reviews on-line about their Parental Control product and it got very good marks for being easy to use yet also doing a good job of blocking unwanted sites. To bootm it's free. I haven't tried it yet, but am going to. If you try it, I would like to see your feedback.


    http://www.crawlerparental.com/
     
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    When my kids were younger I always used Cyber Patrol. Just one of the programs I trusted, not to mention it made me feel like the Police Chief in this household, lol. :p :D
     
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    Does anyone else have any experience either good or bad on any free parental control softwareo_O

    I have been looking at these.
    http://www.freeshield.com/
    http://www.k9webprotection.com/
    and
    http://www.crawlerparental.com/

    I am currently using a free 3 month trial of Mcafee security centre.
    What i like about the parental controls with this is that i can configure different settings for different users.
    The only downside being that i would have to pay once my trial expires next month ( which i wont be doing as funds are tight at the moment)
     
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    i agree Cyber Patrol all the way worth the money one day had about five high schoolers with my daughter trying to change the settings so they could get online , they try for a couple hours then give up they could not do it !!! :cool:
     
  8. BlueZannetti

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    My own recommendation would be router level filtering since a Linux Live CD would allow surfing with impunity if the controls are based on software running on the PC.

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  9. Martijn2

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    I would certainly take K9webprotection, great free filter that's very hard to bypass.
     
  10. Tony

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    I`ve tried this before (netgear DG834GT) but whenever i try to "Block Sites Containing these Keywords or Domain Names" then it stops me from accessing a lot of websites that i use regular, and no matter how i try to alter the words i can never seem to find a happy medium.
    Unless of course i am doing it all wrong (there would be no suprise there) and there is another way, then its going to have to be the software way.
    Maybe you have a list of keywords that you use that you could let me have or would a different router be advised.

    Thanks for all of the replies to my question :)
     
  11. BlueZannetti

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    Not keywords, a router based agent. Example: a ZyXel ZyWall 2 Plus with a Content Filtering subscription.

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    In my experience K9 is a very good one.:thumb:
     
  13. Tony

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    I`ve had a look through the knowledgebase for my router, and content filtering can only be applied via keywords.

    Thanks for all the replies :)
    It is looking like K9 is the favourite at the moment.
     
  14. Tony

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    I have been using k9 for a couple of weeks now and i am very impressed with the program.

    Thank you for everyones help and advice :)

    I feel a lot happier now with AVS, Spyware Terminator, Boclean, Comodo firewall, spywareblaster and of course K9 protecting my computer.
     
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