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Internet filters
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2011, 05:24:52 AM »
(note: there is a really old thread on this topic with little info - starting a new one in the hopes of creating a useful resource)

I would like to open a thread on suggestions for best practices for two issues:

1) PC - Internet Filters  (PC-IF)

2) Smart phone - Internet Filters (SP-IF)
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Re: Internet filters
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2011, 05:36:12 AM »
I'll go first.

My experiences:

PC-IF:
*K9 - Fast and pretty strong - problem is that without a reporting feature I don't think it has full effect. There is a real need for having a sense of "Ayin Roeh" - not just for the really bad stuff but also for just keeping you from spending 15 hours a week on youtube.

*SafeEyes -  Really robust, many choices including categories, time restrictions (both amount of hours and times of the day), report to a friend, add sites, remove sites, etc.

The problems:
1) Seems to slow down browsing (dealable IMO - an extra second per page load is a level of mesiras nefesh I can handle)
2) Bug 1 - getting online - I have had times when logging in in Libraries/Internet cafes caused me issues - they have a feature to deal with it but IME it doesn't work well
3) Bug 2 - adding sites doesn't work well - adding a site to the list of acceptable sites (ie. overriding a category (example adding macys.com b/c it got banned for lingerie/swimsuits)) doesn't always work - not sure issue (may have to do with multiple domain names (like www2.macys.com) but I don't think so)

... bottom line - it has pretty much everything it needs except it doesn't work as advertised. They may have fixed some of the issues and I imagine many people consider it good but I travel a lot and use the internet heavily. I need a flawless filter.

Therefore I am looking for a new filter. If someone could recommend one I would appreciate it.

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Re: Internet filters
« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2011, 06:00:02 AM »
I use openDNS's filter. No lag (faster according to many). If set up at the router level (what I have) applies to all devices connected to the router.
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Re: Internet filters
« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2011, 06:01:50 AM »
I use openDNS's filter. No lag (faster according to many). If set up at the router level (what I have) applies to all devices connected to the router.

How tech savvy must one be to install such a filter?

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Re: Internet filters
« Reply #19 on: December 12, 2011, 06:02:19 AM »
How tech savvy must one be to install such a filter?
Moderate to very
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Re: Internet filters
« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2011, 06:05:36 AM »
Hmmm. K.

p.s. I ask because there are two reasons why I made this thread. One, because I need a new filter. Two, because I am constantly asked for advice in this area and I embarrassingly don't know much about the subject. - - - I hope to learn-up and help my friends/neighbors with this most important issue.

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Re: Internet filters
« Reply #21 on: December 12, 2011, 06:07:50 AM »
What are these filters for? Viruses etc or kosher?

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Re: Internet filters
« Reply #22 on: December 12, 2011, 06:11:37 AM »
"Kosher"

p.s. Although, most viruses come from "not-kosher" websites ;)

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Re: Internet filters
« Reply #23 on: December 12, 2011, 06:16:52 AM »
What are these filters for? Viruses etc or kosher?
openDNS is set up for both. Haven't had an issue with any of the computer I manage since I put the filter on their line
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Re: Internet filters
« Reply #24 on: December 12, 2011, 06:19:29 AM »
Gonna try something called PureSight - It's an Israeli company - could be wrong but I seem to remember that Phil Rosenthal recommended it as an up and coming filter...

http://www.puresight.com/

Will report back.

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Re: Internet filters
« Reply #25 on: December 12, 2011, 06:45:10 AM »
I use openDNS's filter. No lag (faster according to many). If set up at the router level (what I have) applies to all devices connected to the router.
Easy to get around!

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Re: Internet filters
« Reply #26 on: December 12, 2011, 06:46:54 AM »
Easy to get around!

More info please.

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Re: Internet filters
« Reply #27 on: December 12, 2011, 02:59:56 PM »
Any kid can easily get around it

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Re: Internet filters
« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2011, 03:03:16 PM »
Any kid can easily get around it

Pretty sure he was looking for an explanation not a reiteration.
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Re: Internet filters
« Reply #29 on: December 12, 2011, 03:19:08 PM »
Easy to get around!
+1. I haven't looked into how the OpenDNS filter works but I am assuming that one could just configure the computer to use different DNS resolvers?