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I've tried three approaches:
1. The content filter on ZoneAlarm running on each machine. This worked pretty well. But the version of ZoneAlarm I was working with about a year ago did not like Vista.
2. Webroot Parental Controls. It is possible to setup a "server" that manages all the clients. Far and away the best controll over who can use the computer when.
3. The Zone Alarm Z100 hardware firewall with wireless G. Extreemly good content filtering. Note there is a supsciption fee per host per year that can be bought in groups of licenses for 5 hosts.
I creat on each machine a "play" account and a "School" account. I then use the Webroot parentla controls to allow "play" only for a few hours after dinner and all day Saturday. The "student" account is allowed to go to only school related accounts any time of day. The content filtering is then done against checkpoints database via a proxy which has proven to be very good. I put the Z100 and other network equipment in a locked cabinet. If you have a tendency yourself to surf porn that you want to mitigate, have your wife enter the password for the Z100.
The only bad thing I can say about the Z100 is that it is on the upper end of complexity for a home user. It's ability to support printers via it's USB ports is limited. I highly recommend checking with ZoneAlarm for supported printers before planning to use the USB/Printer function.
I note that ZoneAlarm is owned by Checkpoint who makes six digit $$ firewalls for most of the banking industry.
We don't allow the public interstate system to be used for a crime, why the internet? The question is porn a crime? Or asserted that we cannot define it thus we cannot make it a crime. Is child porn a crime? Some place in the shades of gray from frontal Nudity to Child Porn a line is clearly crossed. "Under the Influance", e.g. DUI is really shades of gray too but we don't allow it on the highway or streets. Using the highways for a crime is a crime, for example crossing state lines with children of the "Ex". I'm stating something we've already excepted, i.e. public resources should not be used in criminal activity. Do what you want with your own private network. But please don't think the public Tax dollar should be used to support a crime.
I have to agree with m g (Posted by: m g at March 10, 2009 9:56 AM). I have my own personal computer in my bedroom and another out in the living room.
Both connected with a router to a cable connection and the last thing I want to do is to spy on any one using the client computer. What they are viewing is there business.
I also noticed the person in question only "suspects" - no real proof - "I may not beleive in what you say, but I'll defend your right to say it."
On the same hand, if there are children in the house, hopefully the son-in -law has taken necessary precautions to protect his child. I suspect in this case this statement is the bigger problem "... idiot son-in-law live in an apartment in our basement because he cannot support his family."
If SIL and family are living in "an apartment in the basement"--is that apartment really the OP's "own home"? What if rent is being paid?
The OP will find that trying to control the behavior of others is only going to lead to more and more problems. Far better for her to work on her own reactions and behavior--the only things she really has the power to control. But, good for Leo for trying to help, anyway.
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A very effective ISP that controls porn is found at http://integrity.com/.
Can you bypass opendns by modifing the dns on the computer you are using? Or use a web proxy to by pass it?
You didn't mentioned about desktop porn blockers, such as aobo porn filter, how do you think of this kind of software?
You really need an internet filter software.
Our company is using "WFilter" to filter websites, block p2p, filter emails...
I am sure its helpful to you.
WFilter website: http://www.imfirewall.us
I've tried a lot of internet
filters, the best porn
blocker I could find was IM Lock.
It's easy to configure, and it's very difficult to bypass. You might
give this product a try.
The best Porn Blocker is here. Click on the link or copy paste it on your browser and protect yourself and your family http://b8aa2mguimimyqfgu5yai5nofs.hop.clickbank.net/
Sorry for putting it in Dutch. Google had translated this webpage to Dutch, so here my addition in English
An good option is K9 aswell. It is an endpoint solution though, but give a very good blocking possibility. Even VM's on top of an os with K9 will not be able to bypass this blocker. It is owned by Bluecoat, who is providing contentfilters for Global 500 companies.
It is free, but they make use of the community by getting the list of all sites through K9. You can set to block all sites, that aren't tagged already. In my home network I use both K9 and OpenDNS. This is for all users that are bringing their laptop/smartphone to my home and make use of my internet. Further more, not every machine K9 can be installed on, per example laptops from your work.
For my self I am still looking for a router that has the ability to block IP-addresses. Some people are sharing porno just from an IP address. This will bypass DNS, because it can set up a streight connection. (OpenDNS is not able to block these addresses, K9 is able to block them)
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