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I need a parental control system for my computers that won't allow people to get any access to pornographic material at all. Something that allows them to do schoolwork, visit facebook, and do pretty much anything else, and it can't be software-based, because the hard drive could be formatted for a fresh install of windows. Can anyone think of a hardware-based solution for this? (besides a chastity belt )
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Using OpenDNS might be a decent solution.
http://www.opendns.com/

The PC's would get the OpenDNS IP through DHCP, and any domain name lookups will go through OpenDNS (which has a customizable filter), first. You can use non-administrative accounts for your kids so they cannot change network settings.
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Hm. Would this be possible to deactivate if you didn't have an account password? And can it take proxies into account and such?
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Hm. Would this be possible to deactivate if you didn't have an account password? And can it take proxies into account and such?
O_O Your kids must be freaking geniuses!
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dont forget to block 4chan..... i'd know
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What kind of router do you have?
It would be decent if you restricted UDP 53 to only be allowed to the OpenDNS server from the router..

What kind of proxies are we talking about?
OpenDNS bans the vast majority of web based ones.
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post #7 of 35
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I don't have a router. Just a cable modem. By the way, it's not my kids, it's my estranged roommate.

As for the proxies, i'm talking software-based, web-based, anything based proxies. But yeah, just software and web-based proxies
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There's a simple solution for that.

Tell them to get their own damn computer and internet service.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mth91 View Post
I don't have a router. Just a cable modem. By the way, it's not my kids, it's my estranged roommate.

As for the proxies, i'm talking software-based, web-based, anything based proxies.
I'm not sure I want to hear the details on this one...
Sorry about not knowing much anything about parental controls.
Though I would would guess a network solution would be your best bet.
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post #10 of 35
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LOL. I'll elaborate. He wants to get away from porn entirely, so i'm helping him do it. I like the DNS option. It seems pretty reliable. I'm gonna explore that option.
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