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    tigerjon Guest

    Default How can I block types of sites?

    I recently downloaded 7.0.483, so I'm really new to ZA. I would like to configure my firewall to block access to sites that include pornography, gambling, etc. Is there a way to do this? Thanks for any help.

    Jon

    Operating System:Windows XP Home Edition
    Software Version:7.0
    Product Name:ZoneAlarm (Free)

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    Default Re: How can I block types of sites?


    <blockquote><hr>TigerJon wrote:
    I recently downloaded 7.0.483, so I'm really new to ZA. I would like to configure my firewall to block access to sites that include pornography, gambling, etc. Is there a way to do this? Thanks for any help.

    Jon

    Operating System:
    Windows XP Home Edition
    Software Version:
    7.0
    Product Name:
    ZoneAlarm (Free)

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    You are attempting to block off not just sites but actually "categories".
    This can be very difficult to do perfectly or completely and it still can be easily defeated (if wanting to keep unwanted things away from younger users, for example) if it is known how to work around these things.

    Perhaps one of the easiest methods is use the control found in the Internet Explorer as you have no Parental Control seen in the ZAISS.
    Next step is use something like netnanny or kidsafe applications to restrict these sites.

    Alos maybe certain "key" words could be used in the router's filtering to block specifics from the html headers and block unwanted sites?

    Sort of dicussed here is a round about way:

    http://forum.zonelabs.org/zonelabs/b...ssage.id=53001

    Also of note, certain applications such as privoxy can be fitted with block lists specifically made for social, gambling, porn, etc and this can be set block these sites silently without any other knowing other wise.
    Likewise as in the browser itself.

    Maybe some resouces or ideas are found here?:

    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/uiuc/main-nf.htm

    Oldsod.
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    prof_fate Guest

    Default Re: How can I block types of sites?


    <blockquote><hr>TigerJon wrote:
    I recently downloaded 7.0.483, so I'm really new to ZA. I would like to configure my firewall to block access to sites that include pornography, gambling, etc. Is there a way to do this? Thanks for any help.

    Jon

    Operating System:
    Windows XP Home Edition
    Software Version:
    7.0
    Product Name:
    ZoneAlarm (Free)

    <hr></blockquote>The FREE version is just the Basic Firewall, and to do what you want, you will have to go into the ZA Firewall Expert section and create rules to block each Web-site IP number you want to block..
    The Paid version of ZoneAlarm Security Suite has that feature built in..http://www.zonealarm.com/store/conte...y=&amp;lang=en
    <div class="moduleSectionHead zassColor">Additional Layers<div class="moduleSectionText">Integrates multiple layers of advanced protection for unsurpassed security<ul>[*]Anti-Spam, Anti-Phishing filters out annoying and potentially dangerous spam.[*]Parental Control filters and blocks inappropriate websites in over 30 categories; scans uncategorized websites to determine appropriateness. [*]Wireless PC Protection automatically detects wireless networks and secures your PC from hackers' threats wherever you're connected at home or on the road.[*]Privacy Protection manages and blocks pop-up ads, online profiling, cookies, and cache.[*]SmartDefense Service provides real-time security updates, quick response to breaking threats, and leverages threat data from the vast community of users to protect your PC from the latest attacks.[/list]

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    naivemelody Guest

    Default Child-Safe Browsers

    Here's a recent article about 'child-safe browsers' that you can read thru. Some are free, some are not. From PCMag.com - dated 7-15-08 click here &gt; http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2325577,00.asp<hr>If your using IE7 there is 'content filtering/ parental controls'...&gt; http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/...&amp;SiteID=17&gt; http://search.microsoft.com/Results....earchBtn0.y=15
    -
    index of Windows Parental Controls<hr>How to Save Yourself From Your Kids Online - PCWorld.com &gt; http://www.pcworld.com/businesscente...ds_online.html<hr>:8}NaiveMelody NYC 10-8-08 -
    Oh Very Young
    - Cat Stevens

    Message Edited by NaiveMelody on 10-25-2008 02:46 PM

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    Default Re: Child-Safe Browsers

    Look here too.
    Oldsod.
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    Default Re: How can I block types of sites?

    Lots of good advice here just let me add Open DNS has some adult site filtering.

    http://www.opendns.com/smb/solutions/filtering/

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    tigerjon Guest

    Default Re: Child-Safe Browsers

    All very good info. Thank all of you.

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    You are welcome, from all of us!
    Oldsod.
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    Default Re: How can I block types of sites?

    However, remember that kids can be very creative and where there is a will there is a way despite how much filtering and blocking you implement.

    A bootable LINUX disk (like UBUNTU) which is free will bypass ALL protection you install on your local PC under Windows and its use will leave no trace of site access on your PC.

    Proxy servers like TOR and Privoxy will allow you to bypass any domain name filtering implemented on your own PC (via a "hosts" file), via ZASS or by your ISP. It also allow programs blocked by you or your ISP or employer (eg MSN Messenger etc) to access the net unobstructed.

    Finlly peer-to-peer comms programs will also bypass filtering because they are often encrypted.

    It's not hopeless, but its something you need to be aware of and manage. The drawbacks of not letting your kids access the Internet far outweigh the dangers. By far the BEST protection is education. Talk to them about the dangers and responsible use and let them be part of the solution. If you don't they will become your problem as they try to find ways to outsmart your efforts, and THEY WILL be successful!

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