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Content monitors

Discussion in 'Software' started by twizzle, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. twizzle

    twizzle Gigabyte Poster

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    Can any one recommend a good Content blocking / monitor program? I want to make sure soem web sites are blocked from teh kids when they use the net. I tried net nanny but couldnt get along with it, it let through most sites i tried that i'd ratehr were blocked. It also preferably needs to be free, easy to use, and able to be passworded.
     
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  2. simongrahamuk
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    securus is a good piece of software for monitoring security violations, although its not free and doesn't do blocking. its great for monitoring inapropriate use of things though.

    something like ipcop is also good for black list / white list proxying, other than that the only thing that I have any experience with is ISA.
     
  3. twizzle

    twizzle Gigabyte Poster

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    Hmm they don't really sound liek what i need Si. It does have to be web site blocking software. Need to stop pron sites etc so teh kids cant get at em, either by design or acciedent.
     
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  4. Notes_Bloke

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    Hi Twizzle,
    If you were to use OpenDNS and set up an account, it will allow you to block sites.

    HTH

    NB:D
     
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  5. Mof

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    I to am looking for a good content blocker is this a trial version, I am at work at the moment and cant download it to see.
     
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  6. Notes_Bloke

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    No it is free. You basically configure your PC's/Router with the Open DNS dns addresses and all requests are passed through their servers. If you create an account then it allows you to block certain categories of sites, i.e gambling etc, and also block individual domains.
    There is more info here.

    Cheers

    NB
     
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  7. zebulebu

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    Not a particularly scalable or, I'm guessing, acceptable solution for an educational establishment.

    I think you should look at Squid abd its related plugins - its not exactly easy for the uninitiated to set up, but can run on a reasonably low-spec box and is very, very well supported by the open source community. I understand that a LOT of educational establishments have been using Squid for years (the biggest motivational aspect for this is that it is free!)

    Just to clarify - Squid is a proxy - whilst you can do basic site filtering within it by editing its config, there are plugins for it that perform all manner of filtering functionality (SquidGuard, DansGuardian etc).

    How many people are you looking to implement it for?
     
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  8. Big_nath

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    In your school, are you on a RM network? At our school we use securas paired with RM Smartcache.
     
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  9. Mof

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  10. twizzle

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    I want todo teh same as Mof, i have 4 pcs ona home network and need to block sites on at least 2 of them. I dont want something that will block acess on all pcs (hey i want some pron you know! :) ) but will allow me to run it on one of the pcs and block sites from Firefox or IE on that one.

    Net nanny looked ok, but still let through waaaaaay too many adult sites. It didnt seem to block them even if i had selected addresses with xxx in them.
     
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  11. zebulebu

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    Ah - my mistake - I had assumed you were in education when you said 'the kids' :oops:

    Squid is definitely overkill for what you want to do then!
     
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  12. Big_nath

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    Me too, lol.
     
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  13. ThomasMc

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    I got it running in my house, although most of my setup is OTT :D, Squid VM
     
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  14. zebulebu

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    VM? Pah. Up until six months ago I had it running an an old 486! It was up solid for nearly a year and a half at one point and never fell over. Mind you all it was doing was proxying me and the wife - not too much to worry about there!
     
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  15. UKDarkstar
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    Did some Googling and came up with this - no idea if it's any good or not but says it's free so might be worth a go.

    HTH

    :)
     
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  16. ThomasMc

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    Lol while I don't run this vm myself, this was more intended to be a try before you buy type answer. :biggrin
     
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  17. simongrahamuk
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    any of these machines using vista? you could use parental controls.
     
  18. twizzle

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    no they all run xp pro. trying to get vista on one soon.
     
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  19. simongrahamuk
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  20. Mof

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    Love the avatar what ever happened to the running van, sorry back to topic, No, XP on all mine to.
     
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