What do you think is the best parent control software for the web?
What do you think is the best parent control software for the web?
About five years ago, when I needed to install the same type of thing in my workplace because of a couple of employees' accessing porn at work, I compared a number of them and chose CyberPatrol. It worked very well, and I could recommend it, but I know a lot could change in five years, so it would still be good to do a little more research first, and see if CyberSitter, NetNanny or SurfWatch (or others) may now be better for your particular application.
i'm using Anti-Porn...So it's really nice it includes may things such as mail protection,bloking chat,block porn sites...You can select agresivity and take control on childs...
10X for all the recomendations
I'll try out some of the software
This is the best:
It will not allow the computer to access the internet unless the software is running.
It will not allow access to even slightly bad sites unless you give it the administrator password.
Even with the administrator password, the software makes a record of every site you visit and makes three copies of it.
One copy is stored localy.
One copy is E-mailed to a designated 3rd party.
One copy is E-mailed to whoever set it up in the first place.
If it blocks three sites without a reboot in between, it will block acess to the internet.
nice... at age 10 most kids that are internet savy will learn to dismemeber the adult protection just bypass it. so parental controls are more like self controls.
At school I would sometimes get an error saying that I cannot access a webpage, due to restrictions. On the bottom of the page it would say "SonicWall", a small box (like a router, switch, or a modem) that plugs into the network cables and is updated all the time by the people who make it. It's one of the best hardware-based ones you can get from reading about it online. As for software ones, I don't necessarily know, becuase I haven't personally used them. My good friend online was using NetNanny for awhile and it did him good.
You can easily whip out Cain & Abel and retrieve the administrator password with no trouble at all(though norton thinks its a "virus"). I suggest you block the URL to download Cain & Abel and use ocalhoun's suggestion for a parental control program.
"Supervision" (The kind with eyes.)
But for those of you who are working parents, this is my suggestion when blocking URLs, etc:
Make sure you block CGI Proxy sites, and thing such as that. It is the easiest way to get around filters, other than knowing the password. I use them at school to bypass the filter, so I can get to informational sites that are blocked(Mostly political disccusion sites and opinion sites).
You will definately want something that logs outgoing and incoming traffic, and that blocks proxy connections. It might also be a good idea to disallow the installation of programs.
Parental control software can never replace the teaching of good values and common sense. My parents give me free access to the internet, and I use it responsibly. Being able to trust your children, and your children respecting that trust and you, is irreplaceable. This is more applicable to teenagers and the internet than it is to younger children. Teenagers who do foolish things on the internet do not deserve the privlage of open access to it. If your teenager if mature enough to do so, allow him full access. The parent-child relationship, in my mind, should be one of mutual trust and resposibility.
In that respect, here is a nice list of control software, with a side by side comparison: http://internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/?ttreng=1&ttrkey=parental+control+software
Also remember: Most children are curious and intelligent. They often have a good grasp of computers, even moreso than many parents may expect. Check in on your child. You may have to change filters, etc. Nothing is fullproof, as many in the computer security industry will tell you. Children make great hackers, because of their curiosity and desire to break free into the unknown.
Thanks for the comperative table. it realy helps. How old are you, by the way? Have your parents used to watch & supervise you while surfing the net?
I am 16. My parents watched me on the computer when I first started using it, back when I was 10. That was before I knew the start button from the power button. I got my own computer when I was 12, which was in my room, and they just layed out some basic rules for the internet. Everyonce in awhile they would check history, but they eventually stopped after 6 months, because they figured I could handle myself.
You can get acroos most parental controls with Google's cache. . .
Netnanny doesn't do anything worth beans, and AOL is too restricting, Bsafe is a good one (as somebody said earlier) but it can get annoying at times.
I'm near 17, but still 16. My dad was the first to get me a computer (a really old Dell P1 laptop) which had no access to the Internet, and I just used for games. I messed that machine over by deleting important system files thinking I was "taking out the trash" of files I thought weren't important. Mind you, this was even before I knew how to reformat a computer too, so we ended up giving away that computer to someone who reformatted it within an hour. Oh well. I heard that laptop fried up and was thrown away after that, a few months ago.
After that machine, I got a Dell desktop machine (a brand new P3 machine, sounds shocking to me as that was brand spanking new at the time I got it) which I had to pay for. I still have that machine to this day and did all that I could with it (I got a better machine now). That was the first PC I had internet with and learned a lot about Windows with. That machine's probably been through 30 different reformats with me, when I was experimenting here and there. My parents did not have any control over what I was looking at online, but it was nothing dirty. I behaved myself online and mostly played games online.
Interesting to see how people got started with it all.
My son is 13 old,I used both parental control software and OpenDNS to protect him from Internet.It's useful,they can block any unwanted websites.
There's a Firefox plugin ("ProCon latte") which can block websites based on words found in the URL or in the body of the webpage, which I recommend. Although obviously the disadvantage of that is that it only applies to Firefox and so going to IE or other browsers would get round it.
I also recommend openDNS as a general internet filter.
As a software developer, I have been part of many parental/access control software including mykidissafe.com. I agree with people that say that the parents will have to be proactive. There is no solution that you can install once and then forget. For different kins of children, different practices and schemes will have to be used. say for instance, if the computer has a CD drive, a 10-12 year old kid can these days learn to use a linux live CD to run linux and access internet without any restriction and im full colors.
Why would you want software to control your parents ?
My daughter is 12,I used porn filter as a parental control software to block unhealthy sites
I have used k9 web protection software and its works really good. It blocks social networking sites and porn sites as well. I think you should give it a shot.
MacOS has a parent control software. I believe Windows 7 has one too. Am I wrong?
I don't think it does. Unless you count the Live Parental control (or whatever it's called, developed by Windows Live). But that needs a windows live account.
Windows and MacOS have some but it's not that great! If you want a real one, get it with an antivirus software they are great!
nice and freeware
In the survey,most parents take concrete measures to protect kids. As far as we know,many parents protect children being online by accompanying them or checking computer desktop but they know little about computer monitoring software.
the web filter could help you indeed, and if you want to get more information about your children, you could just have a try with the family keylogger, it could not only blocking the unwanted websites, but also record the online activities of your children, just have a try with these!
With the online interface of the Android parental control software at the parent's end, all the messages sent and received through the Android phone can be read. You do not have to stealthily check the child cell phone and get caught by the child spying him. All you need is control freeware. Check our site for more details.
A great podcast would be about parental control and online child protection.
I use Norton Internet Security and I block websites or you can also block websites through your host file by making it go to local host aka nothing unless the person you trying to prevent from seeing the site is computer literate. also some routers have the ability to block IP and/or domain names. I found a free solution here http://www1.k9webprotection.com/.
I use openDNS. just get a free account to set up your restrictions and use their DNS servers. No need to install anything unless you have a dynamic IP address. You can set it as your DNS server in the computer or better yet, set it at your router.
AVG is the best free open source software for safety
That is the point! Choosing the best one for our personal is the most important.
You can have that idea if you want... I dont have the time at the moment.
Is there already a parents podcast?
This isn't exactly a piece of software, but take a look at opendns. If you setup an account, you can setup what sites are ok and bad, based on category and if you like certain sites.
I would recommend setting it up through the router that the child/person doesn't know the password to. That way he/she can't disable it. If you set it up on the computer, in my opinion, it would make it a little easier to bypass by changing the settings.