Filters and Other Tools

Pornographers are finding more and more ways to recruit new customers.  For an overview of their methods, see the article Tricks Pornographers Play.  Finding good tools to stop the flow of obscene material into your computer can be challenging.   There are hundreds of filtering products out there, but not all are easy to use and effective.  We recommend the below sources based on feedback from our visitors, industry reviews and personal experience.  

Filtered Internet and Email

Covenant Eyes: Covenant Eyes was one of the early pioneers of internet accountability tracking.  It has recently expanded its product line to include internet filtering along with accountability tracking.  The software installs on your PC and logs your web surfing, stores the data on Covenant Eyes servers, and generates reports to the accountability partners of your choice. The program works with all browsers (including MAC) and all internet connections. 

 

K9 Web Protection:  (FREE) Blue Coat® K9 Web Protection is a content filtering solution for your home computer. Its job is to provide you with a family-safe Internet experience, where YOU control the Internet content that enters your home. K9 Web Protection implements the same enterprise-class Web filtering technology used by Blue Coat's Fortune 500 customers around the world, wrapped in simple, friendly, and reliable software.

MobileMinder:  This product provides parental monitoring of Android mobile devices including photo and text monitoring, alerts and internet filtering.  We have not tried this product ourselves yet, but it looks promising. 

Open DNS:  From one our site visitors:  "OpenDNS is free and awesome. I know there are benefits to a lockdown-type application and giving the password to an accountability partner. However, sometimes this doesn't work or the free solution is just as good.  We have used  OpenDNS for free and have the options set to filter out the following categories:

Sexuality
Tasteless
Nudity
Pornography 

Additionally, we've also added the "Academic Fraud", "webspam", "adware" and "typo squatting" categories. Basically, you sign up for free service with them and set filters. You then update your router to use their DNS servers. This in effect protects the whole house… or anyone behind the router. So not only does it help me, but it helps protect my children from unwanted exposure to sexual material (as well as popups, malware, and the temptation to cheat on their homework). It also protects any guests at my home that want to use my wifi. There are other good categories in there as well including "dating sites", "lingerie/bikini", etc that could be enabled. If my kids need to research something for school that is blocked (say a biology thing), my wife can login to OpenDNS and approve the specific page or domain. When dealing with addictions in general, there are categories for tobacco, drugs, gambling, etc. Its awesome for a free service. For someone that hasn't explained the situation to their wife *yet* and doesn't want her questioning a monthly charge for internet software, this helps. Also, for people with work-provided computers where you cannot install your own software, this is a good work-around. I have an Airport Express from Apple that I use when travelling and its also configured with OpenDNS. Can I bypass it? Sure, but at least its a deterrent to hopefully buy me some time if I'm tempted. "

Techmission Safe Families FREE Internet filtering Software:  TechMission provides free Internet Filtering Software and Parental Controls to help protect children online.

Other helpful tools

Accountable2You - We provide a 100% free computer accountability service called Accountable2You Product Suite. It allows members to be transparent with their accountability group. The product includes 2 very powerful monitoring tools that record both Internet websites visited and Windows activity. There is no charge for members or accountability partners.

Google Websearch History:  For free accountability, Google's web search history is awesome. If you have a Gmail address, you have a Google account. I specifically enabled the Google web search history feature. It records all searches and keeps a record of every site I've gone to. I then gave my Gmail password to my accountability partner. He is then able to see where I'm going and what I'm searching and if he sees chunks missing he knows I'm covering my tracks. Combined with OpenDNS, I have a blocker/filter and a accountability and I'm not paying a dime. :) 

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware: Recommended by one of our visitors:  "The best program that myself and most other technicians I've talked to know of is one called . This is a legitimate program. C-Net offers it. The web address is www.malwarebytes.org this program can usually handle most minor infections."


 

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