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How do i block access to a website

by Des / March 26, 2005 9:54 AM PST

I am concerned that my children are accessing websites that they shouldnt be, i know the website addresses, how can i block these sites, many thanks

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Des, There Are A Few Different Ways..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 26, 2005 11:36 AM PST

I prefer using a HOSTS file which includes a large list of "banned" advertising and porn sites. It's also easy to add, or remove, any site you wish. All you do is download one of the free HOSTS files form the internet, then place them in the appropriate folder on the computer. If the other users aren't really computer educated, they simply won't be able to access the sites. Then again, if they are computer experts, they might know how to delete the file, so it may, or may not fill your needs. Read about HOSTS files at the link below:

What is the Hosts file?
http://accs-net.com/hosts/what_is_hosts.html

There are also a fairly large number of third party "Parental Control" programs available which allow you to monitor and control all sorts of things on the computer..

The most appropriate way is to control your computer to such a degree that the kids lose computer privileges should they visit inappropriate sites. That's what I've done...Something to think about.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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block access to websites
by civilservant / March 26, 2005 3:23 PM PST

I use a security package that includes Parental Controls. For the most part, it works, but I still have to be one step ahead of them anyway. One day, they will figure out the history button. Symantec updates you with the sites that should not be viewed.

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Free blocking software comes with IE.
by Kees Bakker / March 27, 2005 4:40 AM PST

It's called Content Advisor.

See, for example,
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310401&sd=tech
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/using/howto/security/contentadv/config.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/ie/6/all/reskit/en-us/part2/c05ie6rk.mspx

Of course, any commercial one might suit you better. But the hosts file is perfect also. You can use the default setting 127.0.0.1 to force a 'page not found' but you can also redirect to another website, once you know the ip-address. It's up to you.

Kees

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